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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 Transept Ramp.

See films of past Sunday Forums

Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident  |  Peter Stanford Sunday 1 October 2017

Martin Luther is undeniably one of the people who made the modern world. He risked his life to challenge the corruption and complacency of the late medieval church, and in doing so both changed the political face of Europe and liberated believers to pursue their faith based on scripture and conscience. On the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Peter Stanford will examine this complex, often charismatic man of God, his legacy, and the myths that have grown up around him.

Peter Stanford is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. Formerly Editor of the Catholic Herald, his books include Judas: the Troubling History of the Renegade Apostle (Hodder 2015) and Martin Luther, Catholic Dissident (Hodder 2017).

Part of a series of events marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Black Sheep and Prodigals  |  Dave Tomlinson Sunday 5 November 2017

Do you feel more at home on the edges of faith than at the centre? Christian life has often been associated with conformity and a culture where people don’t feel able to ask questions. But Dave Tomlinson thinks our spiritual communities can be ‘laboratories of the Spirit’ where we explore issues of faith and spirit with openness, imagination and creativity. Can they be places where doubts and questions are an essential part of faith, and divine revelation can be found in art, science and the natural world as well as religious tradition?

The Revd Dave Tomlinson is the author of the seminal book The Post-Evangelical and more recently How to be a Bad Christian… and a better human being (Hodder 2013) and Black Sheep and Prodigals: An Antidote to Black and White Religion (Hodder 2017). He is the Vicar of St Luke’s Holloway and a regular contributor to RBBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought.

The Grace of Waiting  |  Margaret Whipp Sunday 3 December 2017

Advent is the season of waiting and contemplation, when we prepare for the joyful coming of Christ at Christmas. But waiting is not always chosen or joyful, and can bring times of great spiritual testing – through illness, old age, or the struggles and frustrations of everyday life. Margaret Whipp will explore the challenges of life’s waiting times and the skills they demand, drawing on vivid metaphors of wine-making, wilderness, winter and the womb, and how the paradoxical grace of patience can point to the kindness of the God who wait for us.

The Revd Canon Dr Margaret Whipp practiced as a consultant oncologist for many years. Since ordination she has taught Pastoral Theology at the Anglican clergy training colleges Cranmer Hall and Ripon College Cuddeson and is now Lead Chaplain at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. Her new book is The Grace of Waiting: Learning Patience and Embracing its Gifts (Canterbury Press 2017).

Pilgrimage |  Sally Welch Sunday 4 February 2018

Why do pilgrims walk so much? What do they learn? And does it do them any lasting good?

Sally Welch has been going on pilgrimage for over 20 years and her new book is a guide to the art and practice of pilgrimage through some of the most beautiful and ancient pilgrim routes in the UK and abroad. She will share her experiences, offer advice about how to go on pilgrimage well and reflect on what it has taught her about, for instance, trust, travelling lightly and the joys of companionship. She will also reflect on how insights gained on the journey can be incorporated into the spirituality of everyday life.

The Revd Dr Sally Welch is the Vicar of Charlbury in the Diocese of Oxford. Her books include Walking the Labyrinth (Canterbury Press 2013), How to be a Mindful Christian(Canterbury Press 2016), and Pilgrim Journeys: Pilgrimage for walkers and armchair travellers (BRF 2017).