Evelyn Underhill Day

More details to follow soon

Friday June 14th 2019

10.00am-3.30pm

Dr Jessica Malay

£22.00 including lunch

The Interior Castle: Exploring the 7 Dwelling Places of Prayer

This retreat day will explore St Teresa of Avila’s famous pioneering work, a treasure chest of guidance, hope, warning and wisdom, a well of insight for the spiritual seeker.

Thursday 9th May 2019

10.00am-3.30pm

Donna Worthington, Retreat Leader

£25.00 including lunch

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 Sedgwick, Stephen Spencer

The conference starts with tea at 4 pm on Tuesday 2nd April and ends with lunch at 1 pm on Thursday 4th April 2019.

 Residential prices starting from £185.00

Day delegate rates available on application

Neville Figgis brochure

Neville Figgis poster

 

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 was Principal of St Michael’s College, Llandaff, the theological college for the Church in Wales, having previously taught 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 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).

 

 

Living the Tension between Suffering and Grace

How do we live the tension between our experience of suffering and our experience that God intervenes to help us? Over the course of the day, we will look at some ways that believers have wrestled with the question of suffering and explore new ways of understanding our faith as living the tension between suffering and grace.

Saturday 23rd March 2019

10.00am-3.30pm

Revd Erik Peeters

£22.00 including lunch

To book or for more details, contact:

Beth Harper, The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Tel: 01924 481920 e-mail: bharper@mirfield.org.uk www.mirfield.org.uk

Director: Revd Canon June Lawson        Administrator: Beth Harper

Lent Evenings at the Mirfield Centre

Further details on the website in due course

Tuesday 12th, 19th and 26th March, 2nd April

7.30pm including light refreshments

£5 per evening of £15 for all 4

To book or for more details, contact:

Beth Harper, The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Tel: 01924 481920 e-mail: bharper@mirfield.org.uk www.mirfield.org.uk

Director: Revd Canon June Lawson        Administrator: Beth Harper

Soul Food for Care Givers

Exploring images of care giving through art

All of us, at some stage in our lives will be care-givers. We will care in a particular way, because of the people we care for, the context we are in and the person we are with the experience we bring. The day will hope to explore your own approach to care giving in the light of three classical images of care: the Shepherd, the Wounded Healer and the Wise Fool along with  contemporary images of care such as the Midwife, the Indigenous Storyteller and the Gardener. To help us in our discussions we will explore what theologians and spiritual writers have said about these images alongside interpretations of care found in the visual arts.

Image is: The Washing of the Feet, Ghislaine Howard, 2004, The Methodist Modern Art Collection © TMCP, used with permission

Saturday 2nd March 2019

Led by

The Revd Tiffany Conlin

£22.00

(including lunch and refreshments)

10.00am-3.30pm

Flyer Soul Food for Care Givers 02.03.2019

Poster Soul Food for Care Givers 02.03.2019

To book or for more details, contact:

Beth Harper, The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Tel: 01924 481920 e-mail: bharper@mirfield.org.uk www.mirfield.org.uk

Director: Revd Canon June Lawson        Administrator: Beth Harper

So how did Early Christians live and worship? Lessons for today?

A reflective study day, further details in due course

Saturday February 16th 2019

10.00am-3.30pm

Revd Dr Kenneth Carveley

£22.00 including lunch

To book or for more details, contact:

Beth Harper, The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Tel: 01924 481920 e-mail: bharper@mirfield.org.uk www.mirfield.org.uk

Director: Revd Canon June Lawson        Administrator: Beth Harper

What Would Jesus Post?

If Jesus had access to the internet what would he post? And, as importantly, what wouldn’t he post? Intriguing questions of those of us who engage with the internet.  Which biblical principles inform its use?  How might Christians steward their online presence?  What does it mean to follow Jesus in this critical area of our lives?

Saturday 2nd February 2019

10.00am-1.00pm

Revd David Robertson Author

£9.00 including morning coffee and cakes

Optional lunch (payable extra)

To book or for more details, contact:

Beth Harper, The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Tel: 01924 481920 e-mail: bharper@mirfield.org.uk www.mirfield.org.uk

Director: Revd Canon June Lawson        Administrator: Beth Harper

Great Faith Journeys of the World

A look at some of the great journeys in the Bible, from both Old & New Testaments, leading to a final session on faith journeys we can make today – pilgrimage!

Saturday 19th January 2019

10.00am-3.30pm

Revd Bruce Carlin

£22.00 including lunch

To book or for more details, contact:

Beth Harper, The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Tel: 01924 481920 e-mail: bharper@mirfield.org.uk www.mirfield.org.uk

Director: Revd Canon June Lawson        Administrator: Beth Harper

“Arise, shine for your light has come” – listening to Isaiah in Advent

A Quiet Day focusing on the purpose of the Church’s Year with special reference to Advent and listening to the voice of Isaiah in our Advent readings.

 Saturday 8th December 2018

10.00am-3.30pm

Bishop John Flack

£22.00 including lunch

To book or for more details, contact:

Beth Harper, The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Tel: 01924 481920 e-mail: bharper@mirfield.org.uk www.mirfield.org.uk

Director: Revd Canon June Lawson        Administrator: Beth Harper

Exploring the Gospel of Luke

Luke left us some of the best-loved Gospel stories, such as the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan. What were the sources he worked with and how did he structure his Gospel? How do the opening chapters help us to know what matters to Luke? What are his key themes throughout the Gospel? What links can be made between the Gospel text and the life of the Church today? The speaker is passionate about exploring the riches of Biblical texts with others, come and share in exploring Luke’s Gospel with our speaker. The day will provide 4 sessions of input and provide opportunity for discussion.

Saturday November 24th 2018

10.00am-3.30pm

Dr Dorothea Bertschmann

£22.00 including lunch

To book or for more details, contact:

Beth Harper, The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Tel: 01924 481920 e-mail: bharper@mirfield.org.uk www.mirfield.org.uk

Director: Revd Canon June Lawson        Administrator: Beth Harper

Exploring the Gospel of Luke 24.11.2018 poster

Exploring the Gospel of Luke 24.11.2018 flyer

Understanding Love and Power

‘One of the greatest problems of history is that the concepts of love and power are usually contrasted as polar opposites…what is needed is a realisation that power without love is reckless and abusive and that love without power is sentimental and anaemic.’ Martin Luther King

How can we create loving, constructive change without harming others? How can we nurture our need for connection and the fulfilment of our God – given potential? This workshop will include input, opportunity for individual reflection, and sharing of thoughts and experience within the group.

Saturday November 3rd 2018

10.00am-3.30pm

James McCarthy Quaker and Educator

£22.00 including lunch

To book or for more details, contact:

Beth Harper, The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Tel: 01924 481920 e-mail: bharper@mirfield.org.uk www.mirfield.org.uk

Director: Revd Canon June Lawson        Administrator: Beth Harper

Understanding Love and Power flyer

Understanding Love and Power poster

Exploring Silence Workshop

We all have times when our prayer feels dry or it’s difficult to be attentive to God. And often we can struggle to know why God seems to have become silent. This experiential workshop will help you to explore how silence can deepen your relationship with God and with yourself.

The day will be suitable for people who have little experience of silence-based prayer and those with some experience but who want to find out more.

Please note it is not possible to join the Community for Midday prayers or the Eucharist on this day

Saturday 27th October 2018

10.00am-3.30pm

Dr Alison Woolley Director of Seeds of Silence

£22.00 including lunch

To book or for more details, contact:

Beth Harper, The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Tel: 01924 481920 e-mail: bharper@mirfield.org.uk www.mirfield.org.uk

Director: Revd Canon June Lawson        Administrator: Beth Harper

exploring silence 27.10.2018 flyer

exploring silence 27.10.2018

Blue Planet, Blue God: The Bible and the Sea

The ocean dominates the surface of the earth and is in the pages of the Bible too. The Bible offers a view of the sea and the life it supports which affirms its intrinsic value to God as a good, and indeed essential, part of creation.  At the same time, it also speaks perceptively of the sea’s vulnerability to damage and change. The Bible’s focus on the sea raises questions about economics and the interconnectedness of communities, whilst further references to the sea raise questions about our human-centredness and spirituality, and about our fear of chaos and disaster.

Saturday 13th October 2018

10.00am-3.30pm

Rebecca Watson author, ‘Blue Planet Blue God’ SCM Press, 2017

£22.00 including lunch

To book or for more details, contact:

Beth Harper, The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Tel: 01924 481920 e-mail: bharper@mirfield.org.uk www.mirfield.org.uk

Director: Revd Canon June Lawson        Administrator: Beth Harper

blue planet flyer

blue planet poster