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February 2017

Author Talk and Book Launch with Simon Parke

Mon 20 February, 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm
A return visit by popular author Simon Parke, this time to launch his first historical novel about Charles 1, The Soldier, The Gaoler, The Spy and her Lover. January 30th 1649. England is not a country that wishes to execute its divinely-appointed king. Yet Charles 1 finds himself shivering on a cold scaffold in Whitehall, with the axe man by his side. The huge crowd is silent. The king is kneeling. The axe is raised… In this brilliantly atmospheric novel,… Read more

Wellbeing and Salvation in Hospital and Church

Wed 22 February, 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm
Salvation, an idea that both languishes and flourishes in currents of contemporary Christianity, is first cousin to Wellbeing. Both frame life’s meaning in its more emotional and thoughtful dimensions, each possesses roots in fear, carries its own anxiety, and is not ignorant of personal and cultural betrayal. Each entails social class and invites us to wonder whether the National Health Service now carries core cultural value and political interest more than the Church of England. Professor Douglas Davies is an… Read more
March 2017

God on the Streets: Spirituality, Social Engagement, and Christian Authenticity

Wed 8 March, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Join Dr Gillian Ahlgren, theologian and scholar of the Christian mystical tradition, for talk and book launch as she explores the intersection of spirituality and social justice, past and present. In a reflection Incorporating her pastoral experience working with formerly homeless women and women recovering from domestic violence, she will raise questions about the relationship between the mystical and the prophetic dimensions of Christianity, what is to be learned at the margins, and how the spiritual life feeds and encourages… Read more
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