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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 Wren Suite in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral. Admission is free, un-ticketed and open to all. Seating is first come, first served.
2014 Sunday Forum Programme
Looking through the Cross
The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is one of the great mysteries of the Christian faith. How can it possibly be that God dies, and what can it teach us about how to live? In his introduction to Graham Tomlin’s new book, Looking though the Cross, Justin Welby callsthe cross ‘the moment of deepest encounter and most radical change.’ In preparation for Holy Week, Graham Tomlin will explore how the mystery of the cross can shed new, life-giving light on the way we live today. The Revd Dr Graham Tomlin is Dean of St Mellitus College, London and the author of both popular and academic books, including The Provocative Church,The Prodigal Spirit, and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book for this year, Looking through the Cross.
May Sunday Forum - TBA
Sunday 1 June
Teresa of Avila: Doctor of the Soul
May God protect me from gloomy saints! said St Teresa of Avila, the least gloomy of saints. At the centre of the great flowering of mysticism in 16th century Spain, Teresa has been described as a ‘woman beyond frontiers’ - an ecstatic, eccentric and highly creative writer and thinker who has inspired and astonished generations with the boldness of her insight into prayer, devotion and the nature of God’s love. In his new book Teresa of Avila: Doctor of the Soul, published this year, the 500th anniversary of her birth, Peter Tyler brings refreshing new light to the life and work of this great mystic and considers how it is that Teresa’s ‘language of the soul’ finds such resonance in contemporary spiritual life, including the worlds of psychology, meditation, mindfulness and personal development. Dr Tyler is Reader in Pastoral Theology and Spirituality at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, a practising psychotherapist, and the author of several books about the sixteenth century Spanish mystics, and is co-editor of The Bloomsbury Guide to Christian Spirituality (2012). He blogs on http://insoulpursuit.blogspot.co.uk and is the Director of InSpiRe (www.smuc.ac.uk/inspire).
Unwrapping the Sacred: Seeing God in the Everyday
‘In our search for God we are our own starting point.’ Rosemary Lain-Priestley has written two much-loved books reflecting on the task of finding God in the risk, mess, glory and ordinariness of our real selves and our real lives. She explores the spiritual necessity of looking our own experience in the face without glossing over the difficult bits, and how we can learn to see and be changed by the ordinary miracles we miss if we don’t pay attention to the daily - 'We need to live the so-called ordinary stuff of our lives in such a way that when we look back there are as few moments as possible when we failed to pay real attention, to wonder at the sheer wonder of it all. Because if we prepare well for our dreams and live them with courage, imagination and understanding, water can become wine...'
The Revd Rosemary Lain-Priestley is Dean of Women’s Ministry in the Two Cities area of the London Diocese, author of The Courage to Connect: Becoming all we can be, Unwrapping the Sacred: Seeing God in the everyday andDoes My Soul Look Big in This? and has been a long-time contributor to Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.
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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