|8:30am||Doors open for sightseeing|
|4:00pm||Last entry for sightseeing|
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 (except January & August)||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 south churchyard entrance. If for any reason the south churchyard entrance is closed a telephone number is displayed.|
|Haunted by Christ: Modern Writers and the Struggle for Faith | Richard Harries||Sunday 3 February 2019|
A good novel expands our sense of the complexity of human life. Richard Harries says that at a time when so much religious language has become either unbelievable or alien to many, it is often in works of literature that that we can begin to discover again the enchantment of the Christian faith and attempt to understand it in the texture of real life.
In his latest book, Haunted by Christ: Modern Writers and the Struggle for Faith (SPCK 2018), he explores some of the novelists, playwrights and poets who have meant most to him, including Dostoevsky, Emily Dickinson, Marilynne Robinson and Philip Pullman. He will explore why it is that literature can teach us so much about how to be a human being and a person of faith.
The Rt Revd Richard Harries was formerly the Bishop of Oxford and has been described by Rowan Williams as one of our greatest Christian intellectuals. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of numerous works of popular and academic theology.
|The Merciful Humility of God | Jane Williams||Sunday 3 March 2019|
In fourth century North Africa, a young man called Augustine spent years searching for a way to satisfy his intellectual and spiritual curiosity. When Augustine finally ‘converted’ to the Christian faith, he wrote that what he found there, and nowhere else, was the ‘humble God’. Nowhere else had he found a God who comes to live with human beings, sharing their lives and even their death. In Christianity he found a transforming faith, centred on love, that invited rather than demanded or judged.
And it is not only Augustine who has encountered the merciful humility of God as the most powerful force imaginable. Jane Williams will explore how God works for our salvation in ways so gentle, so subtle and so apparently vulnerable that it is easy to overlook their force, calling us to walk in the paths of humility for our own sake and for the sake of the world.
Dr Jane Williams is Director of Studies at St Mellitus College in London. She is the author of academic and popular works of theology including Faces of Christ: Jesus in Art and Approaching Easter. Her latest book, The Merciful Humility of God, is the Bloomsbury Lent Book for 2019.