|8:30am||Doors open for sightseeing|
|11:30am||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 | 1 - 2pm
Wren Suite, Cathedral crypt | Free and unticketed.
Seating is on a first come first served basis so please arrive early.
|Sunday 1 November 2015|
|A Theology of Desire | Sarah Coakley|
The contemporary church seems riven with controversies, particularly about sexuality, celibacy, and the role of women. Can we find a fresh vision which will draw both liberals and conservatives out of established positions into new territory? Drawing deeply on the Bible, the early Church Fathers and the writings of Freud and Jung, Sarah Coakley argues that desire can be freed from associations of promiscuity and disorder, and we can forge a new positive, ascetical vision, founded in the disciplines of prayer and attention.
The Revd Dr Sarah Coakley is Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge and an honorary Canon of Ely Cathedral. In 2013 she published the first volume of her systematic theology: God, Sexuality and the Self (Cambridge University Press) and her latest book is The New Asceticism: Sexuality, Gender and the Quest for God (Bloomsbury 2015).
|Sunday 6 December 2015|
|Waiting on the Word | Malcolm Guite|
Advent is the season when we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ at Christmas – a season for slowing down and reflecting on the great spiritual themes of light and dark, life and death. But while all around us the world speeds up in pre-Christmas rush, it can be difficult to find a place for stillness and contemplation. Malcolm Guite suggests one way is to read a poem each day, and in his new book Waiting on the Word (Canterbury 2015), he chooses a favourite poem from across the Christian spiritual and English literary traditions for every day in Advent and Christmas, and offers a seasonal reflection on it.
The Revd Dr Malcolm Guite is Chaplain of Girton College Cambridge, and a scholar of poetry as well as being a renowned poet himself.
|There is no Sunday Forum in January.|
|Sunday 7 February 2016|
|In the Shelter | Pádraig Ó Tuama|
There is an Irish saying that it is in the shelter of each other than we live, but in our fragmented, urban societies it can be difficult to find, or offer, shelter to each other. Pádraig Ó Tuama draws on everyday stories, poetry, gospel reflections and Celtic spirituality to open up ways we can make our lives a place of welcome, both for ourselves and others, and live well together in a troubled world.
Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and theologian based in Belfast where he teaches religion, storytelling and conflict transformation, and is the leader of the ecumenical Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organisation (corrymeela.org). His latest book is In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World (Hodder 2015).
|Sunday 6 March 2016|
|Just Living: Christianity in an Age of Consumerism | Ruth Valerio|
Every Christian in every generation has to work out what it means to be a follower of the way of Christ in their particular culture; for us, that is our globalised, consumerist world. These powerful forces shape our lives, our thinking and our world view, and have serious impact on the global poor and the health of the planet. Ruth Valerio will reflect on the call to justice and wisdom, and how we can live both gently and joyfully on the planet and with each other in the 21st century.
Dr Valerio is the Theology and Churches Director for A Rocha UK, the Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world, and the Director of Cred Jewellery, the world’s first fair-trade jewellery company. Her book Just Living: Christianity in an Age of Consumerism will be published by Hodder in 2016.