Welcome to Sycamore. This site is under construction and will be re-launched in the next few weeks.
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Please note that the materials and films from this current site will be ARCHIVED very soon. They will still be available at this new/archive link until 31 July 2019, but from 1 August you will need to subscribe to the new films and resources (more information to follow…)
ARCHIVE LINK: sycamoreseed.wordpress.com
Please make a note of this archive link, but if you click it now it will just re-direct you to the current sycamore.fm site!
WHAT IS SYCAMORE?
In the bible, Jesus comes to the town of Jericho. A man called Zacchaeus is so curious about Jesus that he climbs a Sycamore tree to get a better view. When he finally meets him, they begin a conversation, and his life is changed forever.
Sycamore is an informal course about the Christian faith and its relevance for life today. It gives people space to meet others, share ideas, explore their beliefs, and think about questions that really matter.
Each Sycamore session involves a short film and some time for discussion. There’s no pressure and no commitment. People can be themselves without any fear of being judged. There’s a real sense of community, a spirit of friendship, some great conversation, and often some delicious food. Everyone is welcome.
The high-quality films are engaging, thought-provoking, and accessible to those with little or no religious background. They explore the richness of the Christian tradition from a Catholic perspective, connecting the core Christian message with a vision of the sacramental and moral life. But they will appeal to people from different Christian traditions and backgrounds as well.
Sycamore can work as a stand-alone enquiry course, or it can form part of a wider programme of evangelisation, faith formation or sacramental preparation. Series 1 explores the basics of Christian faith. Series 2 will go deeper into Christian life, prayer and worship. There will be different catechetical “pathways” through the films (RCIA, Confirmation, Baptismal Parents, etc).
Sycamore has been created for parishes, schools, university chaplaincies and beyond. It develops leaders, builds community, creates genuine friendships, and helps the wider Christian community to become more open and welcoming. Discussion questions are built into the films, so the sessions can be run with minimal preparation or training and without the clutter of handouts.
The films, supplementary resources and training materials for group leaders are available online through a paid subscription.
Testimonies about the earlier 2015 films
One participant has written: “I think the most compelling thing about Sycamore is the open discussions which we have every week. As a non-Christian coming into Sycamore, I always felt welcome. All I was asked was to come in with an open mind. I was never cajoled into attending; yet I always looked forward to coming back to learn more from the discussions we have.”
Another testimony comes from one of the leaders in a parish where it has been trialled: “We used Sycamore to introduce a group of about 18 people to the Catholic faith. Most of them had little or no Christian background. I love how these short videos announce the Gospel message, the ‘kerygma’, in an attractive and clear way. We found Sycamore to be extremely effective in helping those who were curious about Christianity to become open to a relationship with Christ. The structure of each video encourages the building of community within the group, especially through the discussion questions. In my view, Sycamore is the perfect starting-point for evangelisation, and can be a springboard to deeper catechesis.”
Sycamore Redevelopment 2019
The ten films on this current website are part of the Beta version of the Sycamore programme, which is still in a process of development. They have been trialled in a few dozen university chaplaincies and parishes. They are made available now so that other groups can experiment with them and share their feedback.
The Sycamore programme is currently being redeveloped and will – if all goes well – be relaunched in June 2019. Plans include: rewriting and refilming the first ten films as “Sycamore Series 1” (available from May 2019); developing a follow-on programme of ten films as “Sycamore Series 2” which will take participants deeper into the Christian faith (available in the summer of 2019); sharing short sections of the films as stand-alone YouTube videos to create an online library of apologetic and catechetical materials; developing materials to train Sycamore leaders; co-publishing resources and follow-on materials for participants and the wider public.