Upcoming Events

Living the Life of Christ: Engaging the Imagination in Spiritual Practice, Thursday afternoons course, 13th February–5 March 2020.

Course leader: Dr Louise Nelstrop. To apply, please contact our administrator using the online form, by email (mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk) or by phone (01223741039). £170 for the course.


Research Skills in Theology: Theological Writing in Contemporary Context.

Seminar led by Prof Michael Barnes SJ on the following Wednesday afternoons in the Stonehill Room, MBIT. 1.30–3.30pm. The series is intended mainly for research students, but others are also welcome. Please contact Prof Barnes to enquire, and to register (mbarnessj@jesuit.org.uk).

Jan 15th 2020: Theology - styles and ‘publics’

Jan 29th 2020: Method in theology

Feb 12th 2020: Scripture and hermeneutics

March 4th 2020: Tradition and Authority


Seminar: Rewriting the Life of Abraham

Mary Ward Visiting Fellow Prof Susan Docherty (Liverpool Hope University) will give a seminar entitled ‘rewriting the Life of Abraham’. The event will take place in the Stonehill Room on 19 February, 2–3.30pm. To register your interest please contact mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk.

Seminar abstract:

The extant Jewish literature from the late Second Temple Period reveals the extent of ongoing reflection on the significance of the figure of Abraham and his role in founding the people of Israel. The biblical stories about his life are frequently re-shaped by later authors, in order to express particular theological convictions, or to respond to the challenges of changing social and historical contexts. This seminar will explore the re-presentation of Abraham within a small sub-set of this corpus, a group of texts traditionally categorised as ‘rewritten bible’, including the Qumran Genesis Apocryphon, the Book of Jubilees and the Biblical Antiquities of Pseudo-Philo. These retell the familiar scriptural narratives about Abraham, but with numerous additions and changes. The paper will explore some of these differences, and the new perspectives these texts provide on Abraham’s wife Sarah and other minor characters. It will also consider the underlying questions that this genre of writing poses about the nature of scripture and how it should be treated by interpreters and believers.


Seminar: Sacrament and Self

Cardinal Hume Visiting Fellow Dr Kevin Grove (University of Notre Dame) will give a seminar entitled ‘Sacrament and Self: The Sacramental Economy and the Alone-While-Together Structures of Contemporary Modern Life’. The event will take place in the Stonehill room on 12th March, 2–3.30pm. To register your interest please contact mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk.


Creation, Thursday afternoons course, 23rd April–14 May 2020.

Course leader: Dr Férdia Stone-Davis. To apply, please contact our administrator using the online form, by email (mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk) or by phone (01223741039). £170 for the course.


End of year mass and celebration

This will take place on 12 June 2020 at 6pm.


Workshop: The Eucharist as a Paradigm for Practical Theology

Day workshop led by Research Associate Dr Melanie-Prejean Sullivan, 10.30–4pm, 18 June 2020. The event will take place in the Stonehill Room. To register your interest please contact mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk.


Workshop: The Eucharist as a Paradigm for Rethinking Ecclesial Relationality

Day workshop led by Research Associate Dr Melanie-Prejean Sullivan, 10.30am–4pm, 9 July 2020. The event will take place in the Stonehill Room. To register your interest please contact mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk.