Intensive courses


Wednesdays: 7, 14, 21 November 2018

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’, ‘human rights’, ‘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, personal development, violence, punishment, healing and resto- ration some resources for a better understanding of these issues.
Lecturers will include: Dr Amy Daughton (Theologian at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology), Dr Anna Abram (Ethicist at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology), Dr Ruth Armstrong (Senior Research Associate, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge), Dr Ryan Williams (Affiliate Research Associate, Prison Research Centre, University of Cambridge), Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ (Senior Lecturer in Theology and Spirituality, Heythrop College, University of London) and Toni Askin (Prison Chaplain)

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 ( ) to find out whether you are eligible. To register or find out more about the course, please email the Institute’s Administrator, Ela Wolbek (



18–19 May 2019 (Saturday and Sunday)

We cordially invite you to join the Living Theology Weekend at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in collaboration with the Jesuits in Britain on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2018.

We have put together an exciting set of lectures and speakers in the hope that the course will offer you an opportunity to engage with old questions in a new and creative way. Dr Nicholas Austin SJ will lead two plenary sessions on the question of a discerning Church. Dr Susan O’Brien will explore the role of women in the Jesus movement and the early Church. Fr Mike Smith SJ will consider the question of science and religion in the thought of Teilhard de Chardin. Dr Anna Abram and Dr Ela Lazarewicz-Wyrzykowska will turn to art in exploring questions of salvation (Anna) and social message of the Bible (Ela).

We look forward to seeing you in Cambridge. Mike Smith SJ and Anna Abram (Organisers).

Downloadable documents regarding this event: Living Theology programme and Booking Form.