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Christian Initiation

  • Course Dates: Mon 8 March, 2:00 pm to Thu 11 March, 2:00 pm

Over the last 50 years, many have witnessed significant revision within baptismal liturgies and initiation rites within the Western church due to the changing place of the church in society.  Those shifts and changes have often taken into account various cultural and social traditions and theologies of the context in which the liturgies and rites are being enacted.

For this module, we will be looking at the development of thought in relation to baptism and initiation into the Christian community from the New Testament era to the present day.  We will be looking at the ways in which Christian initiation is practiced in different traditions – from Anglicanism in England and other parts of the world, Pentecostalism, Roman Catholicism, Baptist, and non-denominational online communities – and considering other aspects such as the liturgical features of baptismal fonts through the ages and the use of song and hymnody in initiation rites.

This module is focused on ecumenical and both UK and international perspectives, and will be of interest to anyone who wishes to delve deeper into theology, thought and practice related to initiation and baptism in the Christian liturgical and worship traditions.

Five places are set aside for those not enrolled on the degree programme who may book on this module as an auditor.

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Mon 8 March, 2:00 pm
Thu 11 March, 2:00 pm
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Teaching team: Fr Jonathan How priest in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton will lead sessions on Roman Catholic Adult Initiation rites post-Vatican II); Dr Tim Hutchings a sociologist of digital religion at the University of Nottingham will lead a session on online baptism and Christian initiation rites; Canon Christopher Irvine specialises in the relationship between liturgy and art, and in sacred space. He is the author of The Cross and Creation in Christian Art and Liturgy The Revd Sarah Lawrence teaches formation for the Diocese of Lincoln and is the author of A Rite on the Edge on Christian Initiation rites Dr. Deborah Loftis is the former executive director of The Hymn Society Dr Dulcie McKenzie is the Queens Foundation Director for Centre for Black Theology and will lead a session on Pentecostal initiation (gift of tongues and anointing of the Holy Spirit); The Rev Dr Phillip Tovey associate faculty member for Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford will lead sessions on baptism, the apostolic tradition and Anglican initiation rites. Prof Cas Wepener is a homiletics specialist who teaches in the Practical Theology & Missiology department at Stellenbosch University
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