Churches in a Pluralist World: The Theological Legacy of John Neville Figgis CR (1866-1919)

Brilliant historian, political philosopher and theologian, J. N. Figgis CR was one of the great minds of the early twentieth century.

He was also a lovable if slightly eccentric priest whose own scepticism helped him to understand the problems that other people had with belief, but whose sense of the absolute priority of God and the love of God lent rare power to his writing and preaching. Although Figgis died before the worst manifestations of twentieth-century totalitarianism, he was implacably opposed to all forms of absolutism.  He favoured a broadly distributist and bottom-up view of authority that respects the integrity of individuals and of the communities and institutions that make up civil society, including the Church. Figgis is a prophet of modern pluralism.

Academic Speakers: Paul Avis, William Cavanaugh (USA), Mark Chapman, Elaine Graham, Andrew Grosso (USA), Jeremy Morris, Ephraim Radner (Canada),

Peter Sedgewick, Stephen Spencer

 

Tuesday 2nd – Thursday 4th April, 2019

 

Residential prices starting from £185.00

Day delegate rates available on application

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Speaker Biographies:

Paul Avis is honorary professor in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Durham and honorary research fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Exeter, UK. He was General Secretary of the Church of England’s Council for Christian Unity (1998-2011), Theological Consultant to the Anglican Communion Office (2011-12), Chaplain to HM Queen Elizabeth II (2008-17) and consecutively Prebendary, Sub-Dean and Canon Theologian of Exeter Cathedral. He is a member of the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order. Paul is the Editor-in-Chief of Ecclesiology and the editor of Brill’s series Anglican-Episcopal Theology and History. He is the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Ecclesiology (2018) and jointly with Benjamin M. Guyer of The Lambeth Conference: Theology, History, Polity and Purpose (2017). Recent books include In Search of Authority: Anglican Theological Method from the Reformation to the Enlightenment (2014); Becoming a Bishop: A Handbook of Episcopal Ministry (2015); and The Vocation of Anglicanism (2016), all Bloomsbury T&T Clark.

William T. Cavanaugh is Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University in Chicago. He is the co-editor of the journal Modern Theology. He is the author of seven books, and editor of four more. His books include Torture and Eucharist (Blackwell, 1998), The Myth of Religious Violence (Oxford U.P., 2009), and Migrations of the Holy (Eerdmans, 2016). He has lectured on six continents, and his work has been published in fourteen languages.

Mark Chapman is Vice-Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Professor of the History of Modern Theology at the University of Oxford and Canon Theologian of Truro Cathedral. He has written widely on modern theology, Anglicanism and church history. His recent books include Theology at War and Peace: English Theology and Germany in the First World War (Routledge, 2017); Theology and Society in Three Cities: Berlin, Oxford and Chicago, 1800-1914 (James Clarke, 2014); The Fantasy of Reunion: Anglicans, Catholics and Ecumenism, 1833-1882 (Oxford University Press, 2014). Mark will speak on ‘Figgis and the First World War’

Elaine Graham is Grosvenor Research Professor of Practical Theology at the University of Chester, a position she has held since 2009. In March 2014, she was installed as Canon Theologian at Chester Cathedral. She is the author of several major books, including Transforming Practice (1996), Representations of the Post-Human (2002) and Words Made Flesh (2009); with Heather Walton and Frances Ward, Theological Reflection: Methods (2005); with Zoe Bennett, Stephen Pattison and Heather Walton, Invitation to Practical Theology Research (Routledge, 2018). Her most recent work considers public theology as a form of Christian apologetics: Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Public Theology in a Post-Secular Age (2013) and Apologetics without Apology: speaking of God in a world troubled by religion (Cascade, 2017).

Andrew Grosso currently serves as Canon to the Dean at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Columbia, SC); he has also been the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Nashotah House Theological Seminary (Nashotah, WI), Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church (Atchison, KS), Canon Residentiary at Grace Episcopal Cathedral (Topeka, KS), and Dean of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry (Topeka, KS). He is also the Vice President of the Polanyi Society and Associate Editor of the Society’s scholarly journal, Tradition & Discovery.  He is the author of Personal Being: Polanyi, Ontology, and Christian Theology (Peter Lang: 2007), and has published articles and reviews in Tradition & Discovery, Syndicate Theology, and the International Journal of Systematic Theology. He holds a PhD in Religious Studies from Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI), an MDiv from the School of Theology of the University of the South (Sewanee, TN), and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL).

Jeremy Morris is Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, UK.  He was previously Dean of Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge.  He is a specialist in modern religious history, including the Anglican tradition, the ecumenical movement, and arguments about secularization.  His books have included F. D. Maurice and the Crisis of Christian Authority (2005), Renewed by the Word: The Bible and Christian Revival since the Reformation (2005), The Church in the Modern Age (2007), The High Church Revival in the Church of England: Arguments and Identities (2016), and as editor and contributor, The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Vol. 4. Global Western Anglicanism c.1910-2000 (2017).   He is Director of the Archbishop’s Examination in Theology, and was formerly Deputy Chair of the Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England.

Ephraim Radner is Professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, where he has served since 2007. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College, an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, and a PhD from Yale University. His many books include Church (2017), Church, Society, and the Christian Common Good: Essays in Conversation with Philip Turner (editor, 2017), A Time to Keep: Theology, Mortality, and the Shape of a Human Life (2016), Time and the Word: The Figural Reading of Scripture (2016), A Brutal Unity: The Spiritual Politics of the Christian Church (2012), Hope among the Fragments: The Broken Church and its Engagement of Scripture (2004), The End of the Church: A Pneumatology of Christian Division in the West (1999).

Peter Sedgwick taught theology at the Universities of Birmingham and Hull, and was Theological Consultant to the North-East Churches from 1979- 1994, the Church of England’s policy officer on criminal justice and mental affairs 1996-2004. He was Principal of St. Michael’s College, Llandaff, the theological college for the Church in Wales, 2004-2014. He has been on the Anglican – Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) since 2011, as an Anglican ethicist. He has written widely on Anglicanism,  political economy and theology.  His study of Anglican moral theology, The Origins of Anglican Moral Theology, will appear in late 2018, published by Brill. In retirement, he runs a charity for destitute asylum seekers, Home4UCardiff. His wife is a parish priest on a large council estate in Cardiff.

Stephen Spencer is Director for Theological Education for the Anglican Communion and was previously Vice-Principal of St Hild College, Mirfield. He has served in parishes in England and Zimbabwe and has worked in theological education. His doctoral studies were on the philosophical foundations of  William Temple’s social thought and his publications include William Temple: A Calling to Prophecy (2001), SCM Studyguide: Anglicanism (2010) and Christ in All Things: William Temple and His Writings (2015).

 

 

7th Annual Walter Tapper Lecture

The Community of the Resurrection and the Mirfield Liturgical Institute present

Space, People and Ritual: The first cathedral at Salisbury (Old Sarum)

 

The 7th Annual Walter Tapper Lecture

Tuesday 2nd October 2018 from 7.30pm Lecturer: Dr John Harper

Honorary Professor, University of Birmingham; Emeritus Professor, Bangor University; Emeritus Director, The Royal School of Church Music.

Church of the Resurrection, Mirfield

This event is FREE, booking essential

The first cathedral at Salisbury has been ruinous since at least 1250, but it was the space in which the Use of Salisbury was established in the 12th century. Using the Customary drawn up for the cathedral (and edited by Walter Howard Frere in The Use of Sarum), the evidence of the ruins and the early 20th-century excavation, and recent enactments of medieval liturgy, it is possible to piece together something of the experience of worship in this lost building – a building which proved to be so influential, not only on the new cathedral built in the 13th century, but also on liturgical practice throughout much of Britain up to the Reformation and beyond.

Evensong at 6.00pm.

Pre-booked supper available from 6.45pm. £7.50

Contact: Administrator, Beth Harper – 01924 481920 or centre@mirfield.org.uk

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Family Fun Day 2018

Come along and join The Community as it opens its doors for its annual Family Fun Day!

Families are welcomed into the grounds for a day of fun, family friendly activities, entertainment and refreshments.

Attractions will include a selection of games, face painting, a tombola, bouncy castle and, of course, welly wanging.

There is also the opportunity to explore the grounds or take a tour of the Church.

Advent Devotion

Join the Community as we prepare to give thanks for the Incarnation of Christ, reflect on our shortcomings and look forward with praise and joy.

Cost: FREE

 

Car Boot Sale

On Sunday 23rd April 2017 at 10.00am

Join us on Sunday 23rd April for the Community’s first Car Boot Sale! Come along to browse for a bargin or sell off some unwanted goods. There will be a £10 charge per car and refreshments will be available.

PLEASE NOTE: All sellers must pre book a slot in advance

Please contact Leanne O’Sullivan – 01924 483302 losullivan@mirfield.org.uk

 

 

Family Fun Day

The community once again opens its doors to local people for a day of fun, family-friendly activities including:

Bouncy Castle, Play Your Cards Right, Spin the Wheel, Face painting, Welly Wanging, Horse Shoe Tossing, Beat the Goalie, Hook a Duck, Darts, Tombola and more…

Refreshments available including Hot Dogs, Sweet shop and Ice Creams!

All welcome to explore the grounds and take a tour of the church.

Cost: FREE

Advent Devotion

Join the Community as we prepare to give thanks for the Incarnation of Christ, reflect on our shortcomings and look forward with praise and joy.

Cost: FREE