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Wednesday 07 November 2018 -

WEDNESDAYS: 7, 14 and 21 November 2018

We invite you to join the ‘Spirituality, Religion and Ethics in the Prison Service’ course at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, 12 Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9DU.

'A three-day interactive and interdisciplinary course, designed to explore the themes of spirituality, religion and ethics in the prison system. Topics studied will include: the ‘human person’, ‘faith and beliefs’, ‘values, goods and the common good’,  ‘justice and care’, ‘exclusion and healing’ as well ‘moral imagination and character of the prison service professional’.  The course aims to offer the prison service staff (chaplains, in particular) and anyone interested in current debates around religion, violence, punishment, healing and restoration some resources for a better understanding of these issues'.

Each day will start at 9.30 am (coffee and registration; lecturers will begin at 10 am and will end at 4.00 pm. Teas, coffees as well as sandwich lunch will be provided.

Attendance Certificates will be issued at the end of the course.

Fee: £200

Bursaries are available - please contact Dr Anna Abram, Principal aa2008@cam.ac.uk  to find out whether you are eligible.

To register or find out more about the course, please email the Institute’s Administrator, Ela Wolbek (ew263@cam.ac.uk).

Registration Deadline: 10 October 2018. Places are limited so register early to avoid disappointment.

Venue: The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology,
12 Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9DU

Tuesday 27 November 2018 - 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Stonehill Room, MBIT, 12 Grange Road, Cambridge

A Talk by Dr Paul Shore
The talk is co-hosted by The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies and Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology

All welcome

About the talk

Jesuit and Orthodox theologies have from the start shared points of agreement, compatibility, tension, and in some case, unresolved disagreement.  As a result, interactions between Jesuits and Orthodox believers have been characterized both by meaningful encounters and by conflict and misunderstanding. The gaps between urban, transnational, and book-oriented Jesuit culture and the traditional, rural, and preliterate cultures of many Orthodox populations were underscored by great power politics, as did ethnic rivalries and a historic suspicion of Catholicism among some Orthodox. Jesuits nonetheless engaged with Orthodox over a wide portion of Russia, the Balkans, and other locations in Eastern Europe, although their success in converting Orthodox was always very modest. The Soviet era brought severe persecution to Jesuits in many historically Orthodox lands, while in the meantime Jesuit theology itself underwent significant changes. Since 1991, the Society has returned to the region, but with a focus now based on education, compassion, outreach, and social justice rather than on proselytizing.

About the speaker

Paul Shore has held teaching and research posts at Saint Louis University, Harvard Divinity School, Oxford University, the University of Wrocław, the University of Edinburgh, Trinity College Dublin, and Charles University Prague, and in 2013 was the Alan Richardson Fellow in Theology and Religion at the University of Durham.  He is currently Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and is a Visiting Fellow this term in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge.  Shore’s publications include The Eagle and the Cross: Jesuits in Late Baroque Prague and Narratives of Adversity: Jesuits on the Eastern Peripheries of the Habsburg Realms (1640-1773), and a volume of poetry, Encounters, Estrangements, Connections.  Environment Matters: Why Human Song Sounds the Way It Does, written with Lynn Whidden, is forthcoming from Peter Lang.  Shore lives in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada where he is a deacon at St Matthew’s Anglican Cathedral.