Joint Liturgical Group 

of Great Britain


Events & Conferences

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


Shaping our everyday prayer

A Zoom Conference for all who pray and lead prayer in Christian Communities

Wednesday 22 September 2021,  2.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.    (Zoom will open at 2:00)

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There is no registration fee, but donations will be accepted on the day, for the costs of the day and the on-going work of the Joint Liturgical Group.

Contemplation & Prayer — Fr. David Birchall will lead the Conference in imaginative contemplation and reflective prayer.

 Watch and Pray: responding to visual art as a practice of prayer — Revd Peter Gardner will invite us to open our eyes, to look with attentive curiosity and to consider what we would choose to look at when we pray.  He will reflect on ways that contemporary visual art practice can enhance our ways of seeing and transform our everyday prayer as individuals and worshipping communities.

About our presenters:

Fr. David Birchall joined the Jesuits in 1976 and was ordained in 1985.  For nine years he was the Director of St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality centre.  He is currently Director of the Ignatian Spiritual centre in Glasgow.

Rev Peter Gardner lives and works in Glasgow. Visual artist and Church of Scotland minister, Peter studied at the University of St Andrews, Edinburgh University and Leith School of Art.  Ordained in 1988, Peter has served in rural and city centre Parishes and currently is the Church’s pioneer minister among the visual arts communities of Glasgow. Together with his wife Heidi, they form visual artist duo Gardner & Gardner ( ).  Their art practice focuses on temporary, site-specific installations and interventions, often set within the context of worshipping communities and their buildings, introducing a conceptual element into the sacred architecture and drawing attention to the sacred found in contemporary culture.


Shaped by Prayer and Silence

Date  Wednesday 13 March 2019
Venue  St Aloysius Parish Centre, Euston, London
Cost  £25 per person including lunch
Leaflet   Shaping Our Worship (pdf)

Speakers included

  • Calvin Samuel (Principal, London School of Theology)
  • Jo Love (Wild Goose Resource Group)

Previous Conferences


Shaping our Worship III

Shaped by Ritual

The third event was held on Wednesday 7 March 2018 at St Aloysius, Euston and included the following contributions:

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 worldSam 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 BookKevin 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