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November 2020

The Church as a Hub for Health and Healing

Fri 13 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Lockdown and the effects of the pandemic have left in their wake deeply traumatised individuals and communities who live with ongoing uncertainty. In what ways can the church be a place of healing? How can leaders, both lay and ordained, build confidence in developing ministries that bring hope and health, and do so as part of their mission? Building on clear theological and missiological foundations, Gillian will offer participants teaching in both the theory and practice, with time to reflect… Read more

Teach Us How to Pray: Poetry and Prayer

Thu 19 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day will explore the role of poets as instructors in the art of prayer, not just as a set of words, but as an effective experience, a form of meditation and a wordless, bodily practice. The day will involve close reading, reflection and discussion on poems that engage with traditions of public and liturgical prayer, of private and extemporary prayer, and of secular forms of prayer. By the end of the day, you will have encountered new literature and… Read more

Text, Interpretation and Imagination

Mon 30 November, 2:00 pm to Thu 3 December, 2:00 pm
The images, stories, myths and teachings of the Bible have served as a foundation for the Western cultural imagination. The Bible, when read in each new cultural context, both challenges the readers’ cultural assumptions and is challenged by new ways of reading which spring forth from the readers’ distinct perspective. The discipline, art and craft of hermeneutics require that one become sensitive to both the reading of the text and the act of being read by the text. During this… Read more

February 2021

Mass Culture: Theological Engagement and Spiritual Practice

Mon 15 February 2021, 2:00 pm to Thu 18 February 2021, 2:00 pm
This module considers the phenomenon of mass culture as that which approximates to the actual ‘lived culture’ of millions of people today. The module will explore and discuss topics such as changing patterns of leisure and travel in today’s world as well as technological and media mediated culture which forms the backdrop to spirituality and ‘doing’ theology in our age. In this respect modern mass culture frequently mimics religious modes of orchestrating emotion and creating identity while at the same… Read more

April 2021

Re-imagining Church in a Changing Culture

Mon 12 April 2021, 2:00 pm to Thu 15 April 2021, 2:00 pm
Much has been written about the dramatic decline in Church membership and attendance as evidence of ‘the death of Christian Britain’ since the 1960s to the present day, raising questions about the future of the institutional church in particular and ‘organised religion’ in general. This module aims to go beyond such ‘headlines’ to equip students to understand and critique patterns of decline and growth which are characteristic of the church in the 21st century using both theological and sociological tools.… Read more

June 2021

Theology and Film

Mon 28 June 2021, 2:00 pm to Thu 1 July 2021, 2:00 pm
This module explores the growing field of theology and film. Students will become conversant in the language and history of cinema, noting specifically the unique ways in which film uses technology, editing, framing, and sound to convey meaning. After a brief introduction to film studies, students will then explore the historical relationship between theology and film, with specific reference to the reception (ranging from prohibition to utilisation) of film by the Christian Churches. We will spend time looking at and studying… Read more
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