‘Rewriting the Life of Abraham’
Mary Ward Visiting Fellow Prof Susan Docherty (Liverpool Hope University) gave a seminar on February 19, 2–3.30pm.
Advent Concert with carols, readings and nativity
This concert took place on 14th December in the Chapel of the Institute, with Kristi Bryson, soprano, Férdia Stone-Davis, recorder, Francis Knights, harpsichord.
Advent Quiet Day: Heart and Mind to Bethlehem – finding ourselves on the journey,
This was held on 7th December 11am–3pm at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology.
Postgraduate Spirituality Seminar, ‘Beyond Teresa: Religious Life and Practice Influenced by St Teresa of Avila’
This was held on 13th November, 2–5pm. Speakers included: Rev’d Professor Kevin Alban O.Carm, Sr Jo Robson OCD, Professor Peter Tyler. For more information on the series, see www.stmarys.ac.uk/inspire.
The 2019 Mary Ward lecture by Professor Luce Irigaray
Entitled "Genesis of a New Human Being: To Be Born", this lecture was held at 4.30pm on October 30 2019 in the Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity, West Road, Cambridge.
Lecture by Professor Richard Rex
'The King's Mother: Piety, Politics, and Philanthropy in the Life of Lady Margaret Beaufort'. Professor Rex is Professor of Reformation History at the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge, and Polkinghorne Fellow in Theology and Religious Studies at Queens' College, Cambridge. The lecture took place at 5pm, 26 September 26 2019, The Chapel, Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology.
Theology, Creativity and the Arts Study Day
This took place on 31 July 2019 at MBIT. A range of research students from across theology and the arts came together to share their work, and Prof Jeremy Begbie delivered a keynote, 'Circling around the tridium: James MacMillan's Music-Theological Vision'
Beyond here there be dragons: The world's oldest story
Tuesday 28 May 2019, 4.30pm, Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, 12 Grange Road, CB3 9DU
A talk by Professor Robert Miller, The Catholic University of America
Israel characterises evil not as a devil with horns, a tail, and pitchfork, but as a dragon. Israel borrowed this mythic image from its neighbours and used it strategically throughout the Old and New Testaments to say something about the nature of evil. As it turns out, the story Israel tells of the dragon is not hundreds, but thousands of years older than the Bible. Why? Why does Israel use this perennial human myth, and what does it mean theologically to worship a God who is both dragon-slayer and dragon-tamer?
For further information and booking contact Ela Wolbek: 01223 741 039| firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Ward Lecture: How to Believe
Friday 24 May 2019, 4pm, Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge
A talk by Professor John Cottingham, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Reading University, Professor of Philosophy of Religion at the University of Roehampton, London, and an Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Oxford
Many people are deeply interested in the spiritual aspects of human existence but hold back from religious commitment because of doubts about the evidence for God. The lecture will chart a rational pathway towards religious belief by showing how it requires all the responses of the human mind. Intellectual analysis has its place, but to grasp all the relevant evidence we also need emotional openness and imaginative sensitivity.
Easter concert with the Chameleon Ensemble
Friday May 10, 7pm
A programme of music for voice, recorder and organ. Free entry. Chapel, Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology.
Conversation day on Christianity and Ecology
Saturday 4 May 2019, 11am–4pm.
An event with Margaret Barker and Elizabeth Theokritoff: 'A Temple not made by Hands: The Christian Vision of Creation and its Liturgical Roots'. A joint event organised by the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology and the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies.
Lent Quiet Day of Prayer and Reflection
On 9 March, MBIT Associate Member Ged McHale led a Lent quiet day at the Institute, 'Let Go and Let God: Fasting from Fear'.
Advent Quiet Day of Prayer and Reflection
To mark the end of the Jubilee Year, we hosted a quiet day of prayer and reflection on the subject of ‘Blessings, giving as the angels give.’ This Advent retreat took place at the Institute on Saturday 8th December from 10am to 3.30pm.
The day was led by Kate Scotland, Mari Kelly-Gross, and Ged McHale.
Advent Candlelight Concert
On Friday, 14th December, 7pm, we hosted a candlelit evening of music performed by the Chameleon early music ensemble: Kristi Bryson, soprano, Férdia Stone-Davis, recorders, Douglas Hollick, chamber organ. Works included Bach, Buxtehude, Telemann and Mozart.
Jubilee Lecture 2018
Sir Roger Scruton
Watch here. This event took place on May 18th, at the Queen's Theatre, Emmanuel College, celebrating 25 years of the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology
Mary Ward Lecture 2014
'WOMEN IN THE CHURCH AND THE ACADEMY'
Mary McAleese in conversation with Janet Martin Soskice
Listen here. This event took place on March 1st, at the Cambridge University Law Faculty, celebrating twenty years of the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology.
Public Lectures 2012
'THE CRISIS OF CAPITALISM AND THE COMMON GOOD'
This lecture series was focused on developing a public discussion for how a Catholic social vision of society can contribute to current questions on the ongoing economic crisis. It included many different perspectives from economics, theology and politics. We made audio recordings of these lectures available. Please click on the links below to listen, and become part of the public debate:
6th February: Prof. Dan Finn - On the Moral Ecology of Markets (listen here)
13th February: Prof. Stefano Zamagni - Imagining a Civil Economy (listen here)
20th February: Prof. Johan Verstraeten - Towards an Economy with a Human Face (listen here)
27th February: Lord Glasman & Prof. Phillip Booth - Capitalism and the Free Economy (listen here)
5th March: Dr. Mary Hirschfeld - Thomism for the 21st Century (listen here)
12th March: Dr. Catherine Cowley - Virtue in the Institution (listen here)
For further information, contact Dr. Anna Rowlands email@example.com
LIBRARY NAMING 2012
The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge, has named its library, the ‘Lash Library’, in recognition of all the generous support it has received from Cambridge based married couple, Professor Nicholas Lash and his wife Janet Lash since the college’s inception in 1993 and onwards. At the official re-opening of the library at the start of Michaelmas term on Thursday 4th October 2012, amidst a packed gathering of staff and students, past and present, Sr Bridget Tighe, former principal of the college, spoke warmly of how influential the couple had been in establishing the first Cambridge Catholic College specialising in women’s theological education. Sr Bridget recalled the behind the scenes academic support and theological vision provided by Nicholas while he was the then Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University and the remarkable fundraising skills of Janet who acted as Chair of the college’s fundraising appeal which eventu- ally enabled the Institute to buy its beautiful property from the Canonesses of St Augustine in 2003.
“Without the tenacity, know-how and endless generosity of the Lashes over the last two decades of the Institute’s growth, we wouldn’t be here today to be able to offer the transforming experiences for students in theological education and pastoral practice that the college is respected for today” said Sr Bridget. “Naming our library, the Lash library, is a small mark of our deep gratitude and esteem for all their efforts to get us to this point of our development” she said.
The couple unveiled the library plaque to much applause and Janet Lash responded with her own thanks and spoke of how her own and Professor Lash's support had always continued in the light of the story of Emmaus. She spoke of her pleasure of seeing this same story in the life of the Insti- tute today: shared teaching and learning, breaking bread together and returning into the world to serve as disciples and witnesses to the Gospel.