About the Franciscan Spirituality: Traditions of Christian Spirituality (Session 3) course
Traditions of Christian Spirituality Series
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Since the early 13th century, Franciscan spiritualities have had a major influence on the theological, ecclesiastical and spiritual landscape of Christianity.
This session will consider the writings by and about Francis of Assisi and his early followers, focusing on his teachings about poverty and ecology. It will then examine how 20th and 21st century Franciscan spirituality has developed and the role of Franciscans within the Anglican and Catholic Churches today. Finally, we will explore what various Franciscan writings (medieval and modern) can say to Christian spirituality and to the Church today, particularly regarding ecological crisis, the economy and marginalised people.
About the Tutor
Dr Michael Hahn View bio
About the Series
This is the third session in a five-part series on five major strands of the Christian spiritual tradition: Desert, Benedictine, Franciscan, Ignatian and Quaker spiritualities.
Each session will be led by an expert on that form of Christian spirituality and will consider the foundation of the tradition and how it can speak to Christian spirituality today. Each session will include time for discussion.
The first session considers various questions such as: Who are the desert ascetics? When and where did they emerge? How did they impact the early Christian movement? And what is ‘desert spirituality’? What might the ascetics and the desert tradition have to say to us today? Desert Spirituality course listing.
The second session considers Benedict of Nursia and his spirituality in creating his Rule as well as the influence the Rule has had on Benedictine monks for over a millennium, and how Benedictine spirituality can speak to us today. Benedictine Spirituality course listing.
In the fourth session, we will examine Ignatian Spirituality which is well known for its dynamic and practical applications. In this course we will explore the variety of ways that Ignatian spirituality encourages a deepening relationship with the incarnate God who is continually creating possibilities.
The fifth and final session will provide a short introduction to the faith and practice of Quakers, exploring their history, development, theological vision and contemporary spirituality.
This series is presented in association with the Church Times.