Joint Liturgical Group

of Great Britain

Events & Conferences

The Joint Liturgical Group is organising a series of day conferences on aspects of worship.


Shaped by today’s world: weddings and funerals

Wednesday 7 March 2018
St Aloysius Parish Centre, Euston, London
£25 per person including lunch
Shaping Our Worship (pdf)
Martin Foster

Funeral rite for a professed unbeliever

Norman Wallwork is a supernumerary Methodist minister and a prebendary emeritus of Wells Cathedral, who contributed both to Singing the Faith and the Methodist Worship Book. He is chair of the Joint Liturgical Group and drafted the JLG Liturgy in the current crematorium Funeral Services. He is a lead chaplain in Exeter City Centre Retail Chaplaincy.

Bespoke Christian funerals in a secular world

Sam King trained as a nurse. He worked in care of the elderly as a ward manager and then in health service education before following the call to ministry. He has been in pastoral ministry for the last eight years in Calne, Wiltshire. He represents the Baptist Union of Great Britain on the Joint liturgical Group.

Doing it by the Book

Kevin McGinnell is a Catholic parish priest in Luton, and until recently, chair of the Joint Liturgical Group and the English Language Liturgical Consultation. He has responsibility for education and formation in the Diocese of Northampton.

Celebrating life's milestones without the benefit of clergy:
How can the Church listen and learn?

Ruby Beech has a professional background in human resources and general management, working in the private, charitable and public sectors. She is an independent celebrant, based in the Midlands, who conducts individually written ceremonies for funerals, weddings and more. Ruby trained with the UK Society of Celebrants. She is a local preacher in the Methodist Church and was vice president of the Methodist Conference 2007-2008.

Shaping our Worship II

The second event was held on Wednesday 13 September 2017 at St Aloysius, Euston and included the following contributions:

Shaped by Art

Graham Maule is a Resource Worker for the Wild Goose Resource Group. He is an artist, designer and occasional hymnwriter, who is drawn to imagining and researching space – or rather, place, sign, symbol, song, performance and the event of ritual in lay training and involvement.

Shaped by Music

Andrew Carwood is the Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, the first non-organist to hold such a post since the 12th century. A singer by training he is also the Artistic Director of the early music ensemble “The Cardinall’s Musick”, which he founded in 1989. He is known for the scholarly and entertaining way in which he introduces and narrates concerts, breaking down barriers between audience and performer, allowing the music to speak in an even more eloquent way.

Shaped by the Sound and the Story

Geraldine Latty’s musical worship journey has taken her from Australia to the Albert Hall, from street parties to cathedrals. Her music fuses, Soul, Gospel, Blues, World, Jazz, Classical and Rock. She works as a songwriter, performer, vocal coach and choir director, and she lectures on the Music and Theology degree program at London School of Theology. She has a wealth of experience leading choirs which she uses to help train and teach others in her ‘Sing Gospel Workshops.

Carey Luce is the Head of Music at Alpha Prep School in Harrow. He has worked in a wide range of musical contexts and plays piano, keyboard, bass, drums and guitars. After graduating from Goldsmiths’ College he was a church music director, alongside working as a freelance professional musician and educator.

Shaping Our Worship I

The first event was held on Tuesday 7 March at St Aloysius, Euston and included the following contributions:

Shaped by the Word of God

Tom O’Loughlin is a Catholic Priest and Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Nottingham. He has a special interest in the history of scriptural interpretation, and recent books include ‘Gildas and the Scriptures: Seeing the World through a Biblical Lens’, and ‘Making the Most of the Lectionary’.

Shaped by Space

Graham Fender Allison, Resourcing Worship Team Leader for the Church of Scotland, presented some of the work they do to help congregations works with and develop their church buidings..

Conversations in Worship

A new resource being piloted in Scotland designed to assist groups in exploring their encounters with God and their experiences of worship. What if our stories shed light on, or had something to say to, our patterns and practices of worshipping together