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Sunday Forum

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 Paulís Cathedral. Admission is free, un-ticketed and open to all. Seating is first come, first served.

2014 Sunday Forum Programme

Sunday 4 May
The Music of the Resurrection
Andrew Carwood

Passion and pain are well represented in the music for Holy Week, but at the other end of the spectrum is the light and energy of the Resurrection. Andrew Carwood will look at musical settings and poetic responses to the Gospel narratives of the Resurrection, including works by Bach, Vaughan Williams, Schutz, Mascagni and Mahlerís monumental Second Symphony, nicknamed ĎThe Resurrectioní, to explore how music can deepen our understanding of the dramatic events of Christís rising and make accessible those things which can seem too difficult, too mysterious and too profound to be expressed simply in words. Andrew Carwood is an award-winning musician of international reputation, Director of The Cardinallís Musick and Director of Music at St Paulís Cathedral.

Sunday 1 June
Teresa of Avila: Doctor of the Soul
Peter Tyler

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 Ďwoman beyond frontiersí - 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 Godís love. In his new book Teresa of Avila: Doctor of the Soul, published this year, the 500th anniversary of her birth, Peter Tylerbrings refreshing new light to the life and work of this great mystic and considers how it is that Teresaís Ďlanguage of the soulí 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 Maryís 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 and is the Director of InSpiRe (

Sunday 6 July
Unwrapping the Sacred: Seeing God in the Everyday
Rosemary Lain-Priestley

ĎIn our search for God we are our own starting point.í 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 donít 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 Womenís 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 4ís Thought for the Day.

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St Paulís Forum

St Paulís Forum runs a programme of events at St Paulís 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 Paulís Forum, please contact us at:

St Paulís Forum
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Andrew Carwood, Director of Music. (Photo credit Dmitri Guthahr

Andrew Carwood, Director of Music. (Photo credit Dmitri Guthahr)

Peter Tyler - Teresa of Avila

Peter Tyler - Teresa of Avila

Rosemary Lain-Priestley - Unwrapping the Sacred

Rosemary Lain-Priestley - Unwrapping the Sacred