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Sunday Forum

A Sunday lunchtime series where some of the liveliest contemporary theologians and spiritual teachers speak about the challenges, contradictions and joys of being a Christian in the world today.

First Sunday in every month  |  1 - 2pm
Wren Suite, Cathedral crypt  |  Free and unticketed.
Seating is on a first come first served basis so please arrive early. Latecomers may not be able to be seated.
Disabled access is via the North Transcept Ramp.

 
Sunday 4 September 2016
Listening to Your Life, Finding Your Calling  |  Julia Mourant

Each of us has a vocation: a particular calling from God to contribute our gifts to the world and to each other, and in doing so to live our lives to the full. It can be hard however to find our sense of calling in all the busyness of everyday life. Julia Mourant says that when it comes to finding our own path in life, paying attention to how God speaks to us through our imaginations, hopes, dreams, doubts and desires can be as essential as a logical list of pros and cons. In this talk she will offer insights for the journey and introduce some practices which may help us.

Julia Mourant is a priest in the Church of England, a spiritual director and vocations advisor of many years’ standing, and the author of Listening to Your Life, Creatively Discerning Your Calling (Canterbury Press 2016).

 

Sunday 2 October 2016
Julian of Norwich: Revelations of Divine Love  |  Robert Fruehwirth

Julian of Norwich was a 14th century woman whose mystical experiences led her to believe in a God of unconditional love, of merciful compassion and honesty, and a radical belief in the goodness of creation and humanity. Deeply challenging to medieval ideas of a God of wrath, they can speak to us in the 21st century with startling immediacy, love and hope.

Robert Fruehwirth is a popular retreat leader, was formerly a monk with the contemplative Order of Julian of Norwich in the US and until recently the Priest Director of the Julian Shrine in Norwich. His new book, The Drawing of this Love: Growing in Faith with Julian of Norwich (Canterbury Press 2016) explores faith’s consolations and challenges, using the wisdom and insight of Julian’s Revelations of Divine Love as a guide.

 

Sunday 6 November 2016
Soulfulness: Deepening the Mindful Life  |  Brian Draper

Mindfulness is the practice of living intentionally in the present moment. It is said to be great for mental health, happiness and reducing anxiety, but can it offer us anything in our search for God?

The good news, Brian Draper says, is that we are called to live not just mindfully but soulfully: not merely to be less stressed but to flourish, dynamically, creatively and compassionately. The reality is that the profound benefits of mindfulness have much in common with the ancient treasures of contemplative Christian practice, and can lead to us to a renewed understanding of our faith and the ‘life more abundant’ that Christ calls us to.

Brian Draper is an experienced retreat leader and guide, a regular contributor to Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, and the author of many books including Soulfulness: Deepening the Mindful Life (Hodder 2016).

 

Sunday 4 December 2016
Advent: Light in the Darkness  |  Barbara Mosse

The church year begins with Advent, a season of watchful reflection as the nights draw in, full of the symbolism of dark and light. Although we tend to associate darkness with the absence of God, Advent is a season when we are called to contemplate the unseen workings of God in preparation for new life and new hope as we wait for the explosion of joy at the birth of Christ. Barbara Mosse will explore the many gifts of God that can be found during this season, and also the wisdom to be  found in the seasons of the church year as we begin them once again.

Barbara Mosse is a priest and freelance writer who has taught Christian Spirituality at Sarum College. Her books include The Treasures of Darkness (Canterbury Press 2011) and Encircling the Christian Year (BRF 2012).

 

Sunday 5 February 2016
Inventing the Universe  |  Alister McGrath