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A Rough Guide to … The Holy Spirit
- Course Dates: Tue 18 May, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
This short course gives a brief introduction to the Holy Spirit for those looking for an orientation to the doctrine, a refresher for those whose pneumatology is a little rusty, or in-spiration for those preparing for their Pentecost sermon.
We begin by outlining the biblical foundations of the doctrine and some key historical themes and concepts. The course will address current debates on the role of the Spirit in the Trinity, gender in the Godhead, and how we think about the role of spiritual experience in theology and practice.
There is a particular focus on the contribution of feminism in shaping a theology that starts with, rather than ends with the Spirit, through figures such as Anglican systematic theologian Sarah Coakley and French critic Luce Irigaray.
The course finishes with some practical reflections on the implications for worship, prayer and practice of different ways of thinking about the Spirit, addressing divisions in the church today that are closely related to different ways of experiencing the Spirit at work.