Project Description

Short Courses, Study Days and Workshops

  • Our short courses run throughout the year
  • No prior knowledge is required
  • Early bird registration two months before start date

To enrol on one of the short courses, please email mbitadmin@cam.ac.uk

Courses may be subject to change.

COVID-19 Information

All our courses can be accessed online, unless otherwise stated. The safety of our students is paramount. We will follow guidelines issued by the University of Cambridge in accordance with government guidance.

 

Biblical Studies

Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies Module: The Old Testament

Join the CCRS students for the day, exploring the variety of literature used in the Bible, will consider how we came to have the bible in the current format and will explore the interconnection between the Old and the New Testaments.

Course leader: Dr Rosalie Moloney

Dates: Saturday 19th Sept 2020, 10am–4pm, Monday 28th Sept 2020, 4–6 pm, Monday 5th October 2020, 4–6pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £20 (early bird £15)

Study Day: The Spirituality of the Psalms

The Spirituality of the Psalms will explore ways in which communities of faith throughout biblical and contemporary history have been formed by the messages of and emotions in the Psalms. We will examine the Psalms as story, dialogue, challenge and comfort while learning how our persistent encounters with them spiritually shapes us.

Course leader: Dr Melanie Prejean-Sullivan

Date: 17th April 2021, 1–5pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £45 (early bird £40)

Study Day: Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls and their Significance

The chance discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 brought to light the earliest known copies of the biblical books, as well as many previously unknown writings which offer a fascinating insight into the beliefs and practices of Jews at the time of Jesus. This study day will introduce these texts, and provide an opportunity to explore their significance for our understanding of early Judaism, early Christianity and the history of the bible.

Course Leader: Prof Susan Docherty

Date: 8th May 2021, 11am–­3.30pm (with thirty-minute lunch break)

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £45 (early bird £40)


Spirituality/Theology/Art

Study Day: Praying with Julian of Norwich

This one-day course will introduce students to Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love. It will set her Revelations in their historical context and invite students to engage prayerful with her book.

Course leaders: Dr Louise Nelstrop and Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ

Date: 3rd October 2020, 10.30am-4.00pm (includes lunch and coffee breaks)

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £45 (early bird £40)

Study Day: Introduction to the English Mystics

This one-day course will introduce students to the English Mystics. It will explore some writers who are now becoming household names, like Julian of Norwich and the Cloud-Author, as well as those who are less well known in the tradition.

Course leader: Dr Louise Nelstrop

Course date: 6th March 2021, 10.30am–4.00pm (includes lunch and coffee breaks)

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £45 (early bird £40)

Study Day: Introducing Evelyn Underhill’s Practical Mysticism

This online course will introduce students to Underhill’s short accessible book Practical Mysticism. The course consists of four pre-recorded sessions and a synchronous Zoom session. The Zoom session is not compulsory but students are invited to come together to share their experiences and questions and to discuss Underhill further in person.

Course leader: Dr Louise Nelstrop

Course date: 12th June 2021, 10.30am–5.00pm (although lectures available from 8th June). Timing includes lunch and coffee breaks. The Zoom session will take place at 4.00pm BST on 12th June.

Where: Online distance learning plus optional synchronous Zoom

Cost: £45 (early bird £40)

Mini-Series: Rhineland and Spanish Mysticism

The first study day will focus on Hadewijch and Meister Eckhart. There was a burgeoning of mystical writings in the late middle ages, especially in the Rhineland region 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 Beguines, and of the more famous Meister Eckhart, to learn something about their spiritual teaching and consider their value for today.

The second study day will examine John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila. Teresa of Avila and 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. The influence of the Rhineland mystics (Day 1) will be traced in their though, to help understand some of their most profound ideas.

Course Leader: Dr Eddie Howells

Course date: 3rd and 10th March 2021 TBC, 10.30am–4.00pm (includes lunch and coffee breaks)

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £45 per study day (early bird £40), or £70 for both

Short Course: Spiritual Direction in the Ignatian Tradition

A course based on the spiritual exercises of St Ignatius, exploring the dynamics of spiritual direction and issues that arise in the pastoral ministry of spiritual accompaniment. All are welcome, but particularly those interested in engaging in the ministry of spiritual accompaniment, or wishing to reflect on their pastoral practice and/or people interested in the application of the Ignatian method of spiritual accompaniment

Course Leader: Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ

Dates: Tuesdays 13th, 20th, 27th October, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th November, 1st December 2020, 2pm–4pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £165 (early bird £160)

Study Day: Women in Time to Come: Mary Ward and the Church of the Future

Mary Ward (1585–1645) and her companions were pioneering figures in understanding the call of women to full participation in the church and in wider society when such a call was widely rejected. This study day invites us to explore her rich theology of women’s discipleship rooted in the Ignatian tradition of imaginative contemplation and discernment.

Course Leader: Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ

Dates: 22nd May 2021, 11am-3.30pm (with thirty-minute lunch break)

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £45 (early bird £40)

Study Day: Activism or Preaching? The Artist’s Vocation

Artists have influenced people and their perception of the world over millennia. Their place in the Church has varied from famous recognised designers to heretics and blasphemers. Nowadays, the rising voice of art awakens masses to change their behaviour towards sustainability or to fight injustice. During this course we will discover whether this movement has been acknowledged and supported by the contemporary Church and how it can flourish and be formed within the Christian vocation.

Course leader: Pavlína Marie Kašparová OP

Date: 17th April 2021, 1-4.30pm (includes coffee break)

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £45.00 (early bird £40.00)

Workshop: Art as a Living Theology: Visual Reflection

Have you experienced tears in front of a painting or deep spiritual insight during a walk in nature? Or have you felt a need to express your faith by making a sketch or writing a poem? In this workshop, we will explore the method of perceptive and expressive visual reflection on chosen Biblical texts and will learn how to use this technique for our spiritual journey.

Course Leader: Pavlína Marie Kašparová OP

Date: 5th June 2021, 1-4.30pm (includes a coffee break)

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £45.00 (early bird £40.00)


Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy/Liturgical Studies

Study Day: Women in leadership: Scriptures, Saints and Contemporary Praxis

We shall be exploring scripts, modelling and framing of women in different historical moments captured in the ‘male gaze’ in the Christian Scriptures, ecclesiology, and in our current location emerging from Covid 19. We will ask whether there are particular themes which emerge from the different forms of leadership which is revealed which can inform creative empowerment for women in church and public life today. Bring your questions, your case histories, your bibles and your full selves to a highly interactive and Socratian interactive day of engagement and development.

Course Leader: Revd Dr Carrie Pemberton Ford

Date: 10th October 202011am–3.30pm (with thirty-minute lunch break)

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £45 (early bird £40)

Autumn Retreat: An Autumn Day with Mary

Course Leader: Pastoral outreach team

Date: 18th October 2020, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £20 (early bird £15)

May Retreat: May Magnificat

Course Leader: Pastoral outreach team

Date: 15th May 2020, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £20 (early bird £15)

Workshop: Ageing and Spirituality (1)

Re-experience our life journey through an intercultural interpretation of Integral Human Development: from midlife to an integral ageing

The first of two workshops exploring the life journey from midlife to an integral ageing through knowledge sharing, experience reflection and spiritual practice. Wisdom will be drawn from research on Spirituality of Integral Human Development for Ageing in Hong Kong: an intercultural and interfaith approach

Through concepts drawn from spirituality of ageing, the papal catholic social teaching of Integral Human Development and rich Chinese culture traditions of Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism, the workshop will help facilitate participants to re-experience their life journey and ageing process which will be enriched with self-reflection and spiritual practice.

Between workshop 1 and 2, interested participants may continue to join three bi-monthly Zoom meeting to share new insight on self-discovery and reflective practice.

Course Leader: Dr Christine Lai

Date: 7th November 2020, 9am–1pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £45 (early bird £40)

Workshop: Ageing and Spirituality (2)

Ageing as a process of spiritual growth: developing fruits of integral ageing

The second of two workshops exploring the life journey from midlife to an integral ageing through knowledge sharing, experience reflection and spiritual practice. Wisdom will be drawn from research on Spirituality of Integral Human Development for Ageing in Hong Kong: an intercultural and interfaith approach

This workshop will share some initial findings of intercultural research on and insight into the spirituality of ageing, its intercultural and interfaith dimensions and the phenomenon of integral human development.

Course Leader: Dr Christine Lai

Date: 3rd July 2021, 9am–1pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £45 (early bird £40)

Zoom Seminar: The Hidden Treasure: The Bible in Liturgy, Lectionary and Life

The Bible can be viewed as a hidden treasure, valued but often unread, particularly by many Catholics. This seminar will first explore our past collective and individual relationship with the Bible. Then we will examine the use of the Bible in liturgy and the lectionary and how that use can affect our engagement with Sacred Scripture, for both good and ill. Lastly, we will share ways and resources to enhance our future enjoyment of the riches of the Bible.

Course Leader: Dr Rosalie Moloney

Date: Monday 10th February 2021, 2pm–4pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £25 (early bird £20)


Historical/Systematic Theology

Study Day: Looking Inside a Kaleidoscope—Exploring the World of Medieval Sermon

During this course, we will explore the fascinating phenomenon of medieval sermon, or sermo moderna, through a case study of Peregrine of Opole’s (c. 1260–c. 1333) Sermon for the Feast of Annunciation. We will familiarise ourselves with the history of development of this literary genre, appreciate the mastery of its structure, explore the medieval authors’ spirituality and imagination, and recognise the long-lasting influence of this tradition.

Course Leader: Dr Ela Lazarewicz-Wyrzykowska

Date: 24th October 2020, 11am–3.30pm (with thirty-minute lunch break)

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £45 (early bird £40)

Study Day: Sophia

Who is Sophia? Sophia-Wisdom is one of the most fascinating and universally attractive figures in the Bible, but she has been neglected. In this course we rediscover Sophia in Scripture, Christian tradition and mysticism. In particular we will examine her connection with the Holy Spirit, feminine images of God and the Virgin Mary, and the rich ecumenical potential of this largely forgotten strand of theology.

Course Leader: Dr Dominic White OP

Date: 28th November 2020, 11am–3.30pm (with thirty-minute lunch break)

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £45 (early bird £40)

Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies Module: The Person of Christ

Join the CCRS students for the day, deepening participants’ awareness of the significance and centrality of the person and work of Jesu Christ. We will be looking at the daily life of Christians, as well as the worship of the Church.

Course Leader: Dr Matt Bullimore

Dates: Saturday 21st November 2020, 10am–4pm, Monday 23rd November 2020, 4–6pm, Monday 30th November 2020, 4–6pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £20 (early bird £15)

Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies Module: The Sacraments

The module focuses on understanding and appreciating sacraments in the life of Catholics as a sign of Christ’s continuing presence within the Church.

Course Leader: Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ.

Dates: Saturday 21st November 2020, 10am–4pm, Monday 23rd November 2020, 4–6pm, Monday 30th November 2020, 4–6pm

Where: Online via Zoom.

Cost: £20 (early bird £15)

Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies Module: The Church

The day will reflect on the nature of the Church and its mission in the world today.

Course Leader: Fr Dominic White OP

Dates: Saturday 16th January 2021, 10am–4pm, Monday 18th January 2021, 4–6pm, Monday 25th January 2021, 4–6pm

Where: Online via Zoom.

Cost: £20 (early bird £15)

Study Day: Introduction to Christian-Muslim Relations

In the first part of the course, we will look critically at the ways in which Muslim feminists interpret authoritative sources (Qur’an, Sunna, legal traditions). Some case studies will be considered including the qur’anic/biblical figure of Eve, women’s leadership, and legal rulings concerning adultery. Secondly, we will discuss whether or not women bring a distinct contribution to inter-religious dialogue and how women might move from being objects to subjects of dialogue.

Course Leader: Dr Rebecca Skreslet Hernandez

Date: 30th January 2021, 1–4.30pm (with thirty-minute lunch break)

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £45 (early bird £40)

Study Day: Christ and the Cosmos

‘To gather up all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth’ (Ephesians 1:10). The first Christians had a keen sense that Christ came to save the whole creation, not just humankind. Gradually this cosmological tradition of Christianity got forgotten, but with the environmental crisis it has become more relevant than ever. It also offers rich and liberating insights on sin and repentance, the Cross, purgatory and heaven, angels and stars, the feminine and the body, and the place of the arts and psychology in Christian life.

Course Leader: Dr Dominic White OP

Date: 13th February 2021, 11am–3.30pm (with thirty-minute lunch break)

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £25 (early bird £20)

Study Day: Balthasar’s Theology of Prayer

This study day will examine the various theological dimensions of prayer according to von Balthasar (including trinitarian, Christological, anthropological, and eschatological). In doing so, we will gain an understanding of the ambitious scope and sometimes revisionist nature of Balthasar’s theological project, while also uncovering prayer’s transformative power for the praying person, the Church, and the world.

Course Leader: Travis LaCouter

Date: 27th February 2021, 12–4.30pm (with thirty-minute lunch break)

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £45 (early bird £40)


Philosophy/Ethics

Study Day: Bible and Ecclesial Ethics

Our reflection on the Bible in the context of ecclesial ethics will be framed with two questions, related to one another. Firstly, how should we treat the Bible in Church? Secondly, what help can we expect from the Bible in answering the question ‘How should we treat one another in Church?’

Our first session will be dedicated to addressing the first of these questions. We will begin by defining what we mean by the Bible, and whether everyone means the same thing. We will then turn to reflecting on our own relationships with Scripture, before examining the Catholic Church’s teaching on the matter and surveying the modes of engagement with Scripture practised in Church throughout the ages. We will reflect on the fruit these ways of reading and using the Bible have yielded in history of the Church and in our lives, and on what could and should be changed in order to improve our relationship with Scripture.

During our second meeting, we will use the information and experience gathered in the first session in order to reflect on the issue of the kind of help can we expect from the Bible in answering the question ‘How should we treat one another in Church?’

We will base our discussion on direct engagement with a number of New Testament and Old Testament texts, some openly addressing issues pertaining to ethics, and some seemingly unrelated to them. We will consider the historical and cultural contexts from which these texts emerged and in which they were canonised, the history of their interpretation in the Church, and the ways in which they speak to us today. We will conclude by drawing some general conclusions regarding the role of the Bible in ecclesial ethics.

Course Leader: Dr Ela Lazarewicz-Wyrzykowska

Dates: 14th November and 5th December 2020, 11-3.30pm (includes 30 minute lunch break)

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £45 per study day (early bird £40) or £70 for both

MBA Study Day on Ethical Leadership and Management for Catholic Women within Ecclesial and Secular Settings

This will be an exploratory and interactive day led by top lay and religious speakers. It will include sessions on Catholic social teaching and thought; Benedictine and Ignatian spiritualities of moral and ethical leadership; and ways in which the Church’s teaching on the dignity of the individual can and must be met ‘on the ground’ both within an ecclesial and secular setting. This will be a mutually thoughtful and dynamic study day with opportunity to engage, question and explore a topic of huge impact and importance upon individual lives within and without the Church.

Course Leader: Susanne Jennings

Date: 13th March, 10am-4pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: £45 (early bird £40)

This is alumni event. Space for non-alumni limited. All enquiries to: mbitadmin@cam.ac.uk

‘Flourishing Inside’ Training Event for Prison Chaplains

As part of the Plater Trust grand awarded project, ‘Flourishing Inside’, which is developing theological and ethical resources for pastoral work in prisons, we will be offering training for prison chaplains in 2020/21. Further details will be published on our website and social media.

To register your interest, email: mbitadmin@hermes.cam.ac.uk

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