A Sunday lunchtime series in which some of the liveliest contemporary theologians and spiritual teachers speak about the challenges, contradictions and joys of being a Christian in the world today. Each event includes time for questions and answers.
The events take place 1-2pm on the first Sunday in the month in the crypt at St Paul’s Cathedral. Admission is free, un-ticketed and open to all, and seating is first come, first served.
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St Paul's Forum 2014 Programme
No Sunday Forum in January
Sunday 2 February
An Introduction to Celtic Spirituality
Esther de Waal
In the introduction to her classic book The Celtic Way of Prayer, Esther de Waal writes of Celtic Spirituality as ‘a spring to which we come back to time and again, at different stages of our life, looking for support, inspiration and challenge’. An ancient Christian tradition which originates on fringes of the Christian world, ‘it is refreshing to discover the role that art, storytelling and poetry played in the religious faith of the Celts, and it is perhaps this which enables us to feel such resonance with the Celtic past and spirituality.’ Dr Esther de Waal has a worldwide reputation as a writer, speaker and retreat leader, particularly on Celtic and monastic spirituality. Her numerous books include The Celtic Way of Prayer: The Recovery of the Religious Imagination (new edition 2010); Living on the Border: Connecting Inner and Outer Worlds (2011); Seeking God (1984); and Lost in Wonder: Rediscovering the Spiritual Art of Attentiveness (2003).
Sunday 2 March
Four Gospels, One Jesus?
Rowan Williams has described Richard Burridge’s book Four Gospels, One Jesus? as an‘indispensable classic, as learned as it is accessible’. Professor Burridge is one of the foremost Biblical scholars of our time, and this book grew out of ten years research into the gospels for his academic work, but also his desire ‘to bridge the gap between the prayer cell and the seminar debate’. For anyone intrigued or puzzled by the differences between the gospels, this is a revelatory reading of the four portraits of Jesus we are given in the New Testament. On the eve of Lent, Professor Burridge will introduce the themes of his book on the occasion of its reissue as an SPCK Classic. Richard Burridge is Dean and Professor of Biblical Interpretation of King’s College London, and joint winner of the 2013 Ratzinger Prize for theology, the first non-Catholic ever to win the prize.
St Paul’s Forum
St Paul’s Forum runs a programme of events at St Paul’s Cathedral exploring Christian life and spirituality. The programme is open to all and will continue with retreats, reflective study days, services, public debates and talks. For full details of the programme and other events run by St Paul’s Forum, please contact us at:
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