Publications

The Guild has always been noted for its publications.


In the past it produced a number of booklets and leaflets on a wide variety of subjects to do with the ministry of healing. Some of these remain ‘classics’, and in their time filled important gaps - with teaching on neglected or controversial subjects, such as anointing and exorcism. The Guild also provided forms of service for use when the ministry of healing was administered, and books of prayers for those who were ill.

Times have changed. Not only is there a wealth of literature available on many aspects of the healing ministry, but the Church has also acted in its official capacity. The report A Time to Heal and its companion handbook The Development of Good Practice in the Healing Ministry, fill many of the gaps which formerly the Guild sought to fill. And the new services for Wholeness and Healing in Common Worship: Pastoral Services provide ample liturgical material for most occasions.

In this changed situation the Guild has tended to focus on teaching. There is still a dearth of good material about healing from within the catholic and sacramental tradition, and the Guild has endeavoured to fill this gap. It has always had a reputation for serious theological thinking and tackling subjects in depth, and its present publications are continuing that tradition.

The Henry Cooper Lectures

The full text of many of these is still available from the relevant copies of Chrism. Enquiries to the Guild Office. Prebendary Henry Cooper was Editor of Chrism from 1954 until his death in 1982, and the author of a number of booklets on various subjects connected with the ministry of healing. He was a very influential figure in the Guild. The Henry Cooper Lectures were instituted in memory of him, and were given annually from 1983 until 2001.

Here is a list of Lecturers and titles:-