Thursday afternoons, 25 April–16 May 2019
This course will introduce students to key themes and figures within Western Christian Mysticism. It will explore the rich mystical heritage that we find within this tradition, examining important figures such as Origen, Augustine, Dionysius, Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich and the Cloud-Author.
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. To book, please contact Ela Wolbek, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Further information and booking: Ela Wolbek: 01223 741 email@example.com
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