|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 (no Sunday Forum on 1 April which is Easter Sunday)||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.|
|God-Soaked Life | Chris Webb||Sunday 6 May 2018|
God’s presence permeates our lives and activities, reverberating throughout all creation. Chris Webb says that it can be easy to miss that in the ordinariness of our daily lives but we can learn how to open ourselves to the presence of God and, despite all our weaknesses and failings, find new lives of freedom and joy.
In this talk Chris Webb will explore ways to practise silence, prayer and reading Scripture through which we can experience God’s kingdom; not as far away, a remote and future promise, but here, now.
The Revd Chris Webb OSB is Deputy Warden of Launde Abbey and Diocesan Spirituality Adviser to the Diocese of Leicester. His latest book God-Soaked Life: Discovering a Kingdom Spirituality (Hodder 2017) is an exploration of spirituality through the lens of Jesus' teaching on the Kingdom of God.
|Paradoxology | Krish Kandiah||Sunday 3 June 2018|
Many of us have big questions that the Christian faith seems to leave unanswered. If God is both compassionate and all-powerful, why is the world full of suffering? Why does God seem to sanction genocide in the Bible? If God is always present, why doesn’t it feel like that?
Krish Kandiah says that we need to look questions like these in the face, and that not doing so is neither healthy for us nor honouring to God. He says that the paradoxes that seem as if they ought to undermine belief are actually at the heart of a vibrant faith, and that it is only by continually wrestling with them - rather than trying to pin them down or push them away - that we can really move forward, individually and together.
Dr Krish Kandiah is an award-winning author whose books include Paradoxology and God is Stranger (both Hodder Faith). He is a lecturer at Regents Park College, Oxford, honorary research fellow at the University of St Andrews and an ambassador for Tearfund.
|Was Jesus Political? | Selina Stone||Sunday 1 July 2018|
We live in extraordinary times. How can we think and act as Christians in response to the urgent, sometimes overwhelming politics that we experience every day? Where do politics, theology and faith meet? And how is it that different Christians can hold completely opposing views, all claiming the gospel as their inspiration?
One way to think afresh about this is to look at Jesus’ own actions and teaching, ask whether they were or were not political, and what we can draw from that for our own engagement in public and political life. Selina Stone will explore key aspects of Jesus’ life, teaching and parables, and ways we can bring our faith into action for the common good, whatever our circumstances.
Selina Stone is Tutor and Lecturer in Political Theology at St Mellitus College, London and previously worked at the Centre for Theology and Community, in Parliament and as a community organiser in Brixton. Her PhD is in the impact of Pentecostal theology and ministry on issues of social justice.