DVD celebrates North East’s religious heritage

Bex Lewis of CODEC

Bex Lewis of CODEC

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A DVD has gone on sale to celebrate the rich religious heritage of the North East.

The Good News for Every Age DVD was commissioned by the North East Council of Churches as a response to the visit of the Lindisfarne Gospels to Durham.

The team behind the project identified locations covering different aspects of contemporary church life and tradition, and the DVD tells the story of the early Northern saints and the churches that they founded.

It also looks at the major part the saints continue to play in the Anglican Church.

Codec, a research initiative based at St John’s College, Durham University, was commissioned to deliver the project in time for the Lindisfarne Pilgrimage in July.

Dr Bex Lewis, a research fellow at Codec, said: “The next stage of the project is to explore the opening of a pilgrimage trail from Lindisfarne to Durham, and a number of CODEC researchers will be trying out the route over the late summer and autumn.”

The route does not follow the circuitous route which Saint Cuthbert’s body took, but instead hugs the coast down to Sunderland then travels up the Wear Valley to Durham.

The present Durham Cathedral replaced the 10th-century church built as part of a monastic foundation to house the shrine of Saint Cuthbert.

The DVD journey through the Diocese of Durham presents modern day-reflection on the church in action today, from the Reverend David Tully, Rector of St Mary & St Cuthbert in Chester-le-Street, and the Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, Dean of Durham.

The Reverend Susie Thorp, the recently appointed Chaplain to St John’s College Durham and priest in charge of St Wilfred’s Church in Doxford, Sunderland, said: “The North East has a rich Christian heritage that continues to shape contemporary society in the region.

“Using the story of the flight of the monks from Lindisfarne with their treasures, the body of St Cuthbert and, of course, the Lindisfarne Gospels, this DVD explores some of the contemporary treasures of Christianity in the region today, and shows how the timeless message of the Christian faith is shared and passed on today.”

The DVD is now available from from the Cathedral Shop, or form Codec for £3 plus £1.25 p&p.

Cheques should be made payable to St John’s College and orders sent to Codec, Etchells House, 16 South Bailey, Durham, DH1 3EE.