RTA News July 2016

The newsletter for July 2016 is now published, and is available to read here. Highlights include:

  • After the referendum
  • Robert’s Ramblings
  • Theological reflections on the Archers
  • AGM at Germinate Conference
  • Your RTA Membership – please check
  • What stresses rural clergy?
  • Sharing friendship
  • The deployment and training of rural ministers

2016 AGM


PrintOur 2016 AGM will be held after Germinate on 15th October 2016 in Coventry.

News April 2016

Our April 2016 newsletter can be found here

Highlights include

  • Our President, Bishop David, on the emotional pull of stories and their ability to make us disregard evidence
  • News of the latest Exec meeting
  • An update on the Rural Theology Journal
  • How to become a member (see also here)
  • The Ministry of Buildings – Robert on his holidays
  • Rogation (no, not rotation!)
  • Different denominations and different types of clergy by Chris Rutledge


Membership Renewals – an Apology

We should like to apologise to all our members for the multiple reminders about membership transferral and renewal which may have arrived with you by post recently.

Enquiries to Taylor and Francis revealed a glitch in the automated system, resulting in up to six reminders being sent at once to the same person. Taylor and Francis are investigating ways of preventing any recurrence.

We at the Rural Theology Association are very sorry for any irritation or annoyance this glitch has caused, and hope you will respond to just one of the letters, and renew your membership.


News October 2015

Our eNews for October 2015 can be found here. Topics include

  • From the President, David Walker, Bishop of Manchester
  • Robert’s Ramblings
  • Robert’s Rant
  • News of the Journal from Leslie Francis
  • The relationship between prayer and burnout among Anglican Clergy by Chris Rutledge

Retreat and AGM 2015

noddfaYou are invited to the Rural Theology Association Annual Retreat and AGM. This will be held in beautiful surroundings at Noddfa in North Wales on 1st and 2nd December 2015, wth the AGM taking place on the morning of Wednesday 2nd December.  The retreat will be led by the Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Rev’d David Walker. If you would like to attend, the cost is £65 for the whole two days, and £25 for one day.

Please download the letter of invitation and the booking form.

BookingFormRTA2015 RTA RetreatAGM final letter

If you have any queries please use the Contact Form

Retreat and RTA AGM

noddfaThe RTA would like to invite you to the Noddfa retreat centre on the 1st and 2nd December for a chance to meet and discuss issues in rural theology with other practitioners on a retreat led by The Rt Revd David Walker, Bishop of Manchester. The meeting will incorporate the Annual General Meeting of the RTA and will focus on shared experience with key issues impacting the rural Church. Our aim, following on from suggestions from last year’s annual meeting, is to enable as much free time as possible in the programme for delegates to engage with one another and reflect. The cost will be £65 per person to include lunch both days, dinner, bed and breakfast. If you want to join us for just one day, the cast will be £22 per person.

Our venue of Noddfa – a Welsh word meaning peace or welcome – is set in the hills and by the sea of the North Wales Coast. Its location provides a perfect venue to take time out and to recharge your batteries. (http://noddfa.org.uk)


To book please contact Mandy Robbins mandy.robbins[at]glyndwr.ac.uk