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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 (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. 

See films of past Sunday Forums

 
Saying Yes to Life  |  Ruth Valerio Sunday 2 February

As people made in the image of God, we are entrusted with the care of what God has made and also with sharing in the joy and creativity of making a difference for good.

In her new book, Saying Yes to Life, Ruth Valerio draws on the creation stories from the book of Genesis to illuminate the most vital issues of our times. She relates their themes, including light, water, the seasons, other creatures and Sabbath rest to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern. She will challenge us to do the same this Lent, asking ourselves foundational questions about what it means both to be human and to be a follower of Jesus.

Dr Ruth Valerio is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund, and an environmentalist, theologian and social activist. Her latest book, Saying Yes to Life (SPCK 2019) was commissioned by The Archbishop of Canterbury as his official Lent book for 2020.

The Wind, the Fountain and the Fire: Psalms and the Christian Imagination  |  Mark Barratt OSB Sunday 1 March

The Book of Psalms puts into words the messy complexity of how we actually experience our relationship with God and one another, as well as naming so many of the longings, joys and wild places of our private emotions.

Full of powerful imagery, these ancient poems of prayer have always formed the substance of daily prayer for Christians from cathedrals to monasteries. In his latest book, The Wind, the Fountain and the Fire (Bloomsbury 2019), Mark Barrett opens the Psalms as a gateway to scriptural prayer and offers a path through the five weeks of Lent. He will explore keys which can unlock both our understanding of scripture and insight into our own hearts and lives.

Dom Mark Barrett is a monk of the Benedictine community of Worth Abbey, Sussex. He is well known as a lecturer, preacher and retreat giver. His previous book Crossing: Reclaiming the Landscape of our Lives was published by Darton, Longman & Todd.

Soulful Nature  |  Brian Draper Sunday 5 April

Nature isn't just good for us. We're part of it: created within the rhythms, seasons and cycles of God's good Creation. Little wonder, then, that we can feel disconnected from our own 'soulful nature' when we're cut off from the natural world; and that the soul can stir profoundly, when we step back outside to behold nature's beauty and wisdom.

On Palm Sunday, as we prepare to face into the pain and promise of Holy Week and Easter, Brian Draper, co-author of Soulful Nature, will ask reflectively how the season of spring can help bring life and light to the liturgical season, and enable us to lead lives more closely attuned to Creation, in a time of climate emergency.

Brian Draper is the co-author (with Howard Green) of Soulful Nature (Canterbury Press 2020). He works as a speaker, retreat guide, labyrinth curator and creative consultant, seeking to help people of all faiths and none to see the world from a creative and engaging spiritual perspective. His books include Soulfulness: Deepening the Mindful Life (Hodder 2016) and he is a regular contributor to BBC R4’s Thought for the Day.

A Year of Grace: Exploring the Christian Seasons  |  David Hoyle Sunday 3 May

When we go to church, whether we go every week or just at Christmas and Easter, we step into a year-long story about God, and ourselves. David Hoyle will invite us to find our place in that story as he explores the cycle of the Christian year and the richness of the worship that goes with it. Each of its seasons, from the high feasts of Christmas and Easter to the long season of Ordinary Time, is a part of the drama, calling us to be alive to whole story of salvation. And as we approach Ascension Day, he will also reflect on what happens to our relationship with God when the risen Christ ascends from earth to heaven.

The Very Revd Dr David Hoyle is the newly installed Dean of Westminster and his latest book is A Year of Grace: Exploring the Christian Seasons (Canterbury Press 2019). He has a keen interest in theological education and has previously held positions at Magdalene College, Cambridge and Gloucester Cathedral, and is the former Dean of Bristol.

Amazing Grace  |  Jarel Robinson-Brown Sunday 7 June

Grace is transformative. We sing about it, invoke it and thank God for it, but do we really understand it? Do we accept ourselves as worthy of God’s grace? Do we see ourselves as bringers of grace? And how we can deepen our understanding of what God intends by it in our daily lives?

Jarel Robinson-Brown will invite us to reflect on the familiar language of grace and to deepen our understanding of what God intends by and through it. He will explore the transforming nature of grace through the many hymns we sing about it, its scriptural roots and contemporary theological interpretations.

The Revd Jarel Robinson-Brown has been a Methodist Minister since 2013, and joined King's College London as the Methodist Chaplain in 2019. Prior to full-time ministry he studied classical music as a pianist and organist. Jarel is currently researching Coptic Monasticism and Religion in Late Antiquity. He has interests in Liberation Theology, Queer Theology and the life of the Prophets.

St Augustine: A Life of Prayer, Learning and Love  |  Cally Hammond Sunday 5 July

St Augustine often gets a bad press, for supposedly being anti-women and obsessed with sin and sex. So why is his writing still relevant in the 21st century, and how can it help us as Christians today to grow in our faith and discipleship?

Cally Hammond, who has translated Augustine’s Confessions for Harvard University Press, says he ‘couldn’t simply accept something because somebody told him to believe it. He had to make sense of it for himself’. In doing so he became one of the greatest Christian theologians. Cally will introduce his life and thought, and invite us to take inspiration from Augustine, and - like him – to ask questions which lead us to become wiser, kinder and more prayerful.

The Revd Dr Cally Hammond is Dean of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where she teaches early Christian history, New Testament Greek and Classical Latin. She lectures and leads retreats introducing people to Augustine, and encourages people to learn from his love of Scripture, his prayer life and his personal dedication to God. She says of him ‘I feel as if I know him, that he’s a friend’. Her latest book is Augustine’s Life of Prayer, Learning and Love (BRF 2019).