Catholic Theology and Practice

This course is run on a Thursday afternoon as a women-only learning space. Each module involves teaching sessions followed by liturgy and sharing an evening meal together.

Women are welcome to attend the course following an application and interview. They are able to attend for a single module, or may choose to follow the Margaret Beaufort Certificate in Theology route.


Margaret Beaufort Certificate of Theology

This will be awarded to students who complete 5 modules, over a one- or two-year period. They will be expected to cover 3 of the 5 study areas. Attendance at 5 modules will lead to a Certificate of Attendance. Accreditation can be awarded if two essays or presentations are submitted.

The five subject areas are:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Pastoral/Spirituality Studies
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Historical/Systematic Theology
  • Liturgical studies

Fees: £180 per module. Commitment to attending 5 modules will entitle the student to one free module. (i.e., attend 5, pay for 4). Bursaries are available.

To apply: please email mbtadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk. Places will be confirmed once application and fees have been processed.


Modules for academic year 2020/2021


Module 1 – ‘Called to Participate’

 

Course dates: Thursday afternoons, 8–29 October 2020;  Course leaders: Ged McHale and Sue Price

This course will explore through theory and practical workshops how we fulfill our baptismal vocation to join in the priestly, prophetic and kingly mission of Christ by our participation in the Paschal Mystery through the liturgy of the Church.


Module 2 – English Mysticism and the Bible

Course dates: Thursday afternoons 5–26 November 2020; Course leader: Dr Louise Nelstrop

This course will introduce students to the Christian Mystics and their engagement with the Bible. Focusing particularly on the English Mystics, it will explore what was meant by the mystical sense of scripture, the relationship between scripture and mystical exegesis, how mystics used scripture in their writings, and the relationship between scriptural and mystical revelation.


Module 3 – Catholic Morality: its ups and downs

Course dates: Thursday afternoons 21 Jan–11 Feb 2021; Course leader: Dr Anna Abram and Dr Liam Hayes

What does ‘Catholic morality’ mean? How do we approach shifts, turns and changes that over the centuries have influenced moral thinking within the Roman Catholic tradition? How do Catholics make moral decisions? How to handle disagreements? The module will explore these and similar questions by offering a historical perspective on the notion of ‘Catholic’ morality and focusing on key themes such as ‘conscience’, ‘sin’, ‘sources of moral knowledge’ and ‘moral discernment’. It will introduce to the work of contemporary moral theologians and theological ethicists as well as recent developments such as ‘ecclesial ethics’. Students will be invited to bring their own questions and dilemmas and explore them together during the course.


Module 4 – Faith in Art: transcendence and embodiment

Course dates: Thursday afternoons 18 Feb – 11 March 2021; Course leader: Dr Adrienne Dengerink

This course will compare two important strands in theological aesthetics, the first approaching art as a bridge to the spiritual and transcendence, the other as an imaginative representation of the created world and lived human experience. The course will explore what each tradition can learn from the other with a view towards a deepened understanding of the place of faith in religious and non-religious art, with special attention to contemporary art and devotional practice.


Module 5 – Catherine Keller: Process, Relation and Entanglement

Course dates: Thursday afternoons 29 April–20 May 2021; Course leader: Dr Férdia Stone-Davis

This module will form an introduction to the thought of Catherine Keller, a philosopher of religion and constructive theologian with a significant voice, one that speaks across a range of contemporary issues, including social justice and the environment. She has contributed significantly to different fields of theology, including feminist, political and ecological theology, recognising the importance of process, relation and entanglement