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The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology

As a lay Catholic Institute in the heart of Cambridge and part of the Cambridge Theological Federation, we resource lay people theologically both within and outside of the Catholic tradition. We provide specialist theological education and open learning opportunities for both individuals and groups.

We offer courses, study days, workshops, seminars and conferences that promote the study of theology, ethics, philosophy, pastoral practice, spirituality and theological reflection in dynamic ways that seek to meet and address twenty-first century global needs. In line with our foundational principles, we continue to promote the resourcing of women through a community life that is open to all. Through our teaching and learning we facilitate exchange with art, culture and social justice initiatives. We resource schools, parishes, hospitals, prisons and other institutions with expertise, training and pastoral support. Our theology engages with different professional and community-based (service) needs and perspectives. This is enriched and enabled by an interdisciplinary approach that is at the heart of our educational work. Many of our students gain qualifications from the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University (DTM, BA, MA, MPhil, PhD, DProf).


Mini-Series:  Rhineland and Spanish Mysticism

Join us for either day or both.  The first day will focus on Hadewijch and Meister Eckhart. There was a burgeoning of mystical writings in the last middle ages, especially in the Rhineland region of Northern Europe.  These texts were both highly experimental and theologically innovative, offering new ways of living in the presence of God.  We’ll look at a selection of the writings of Hadewijch, a leader of a community of women known as the Beguines, and of the more famous Meister Eckhart, to learn something about their spiritual teaching and consider their value for today.

The second day will examine St John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila.  Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross have been regarded as the greatest mystical teachers of western Christianity.  Here we take a fresh look at some of their key teachings, asking about their contribution for spirituality today and also noting their difference of character and approach.

Led by Dr Eddie Howells.  Dates 3rd March and 10th March 2021 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM London time including time for lunch and coffee breaks.

Cost:  £45 for each day OR £70 for both days

To sign up, email mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk

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