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Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW
01924 481920 http://mirfieldcentre.org.uk/

September 2016

£20

Reflective Study Day: Living & Praying the Prophetic Life: Despair and Hope

24th September 2016, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

The biblical prophets spoke urgent words and lived challenging lives at times of great disaster, conflict and suffering. They also spoke of hope and promised a new future. Their words and lives give us an insight into who God is and what is on his heart. Using texts from Jeremiah, we will explore what it means to be prophetic in our world today. We will be inspired to pray from the heart and to order our lives in such a…

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Free

The Fifth Walter Tapper Lecture

30th September 2016, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

This year’s lecture is entitled ‘The Tent of Meeting: ecclesiological art and the imagination.’

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October 2016

£20

Doors of Perception: The Spiritual & Theological Significance of Icons

15th October 2016, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

An introduction to the theology and spirituality of iconography. The day will look at the process and spirituality of iconography; the history, theology and symbolism of icons, and their use in worship and personal prayer.

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£20

Love for the Future

29th October 2016, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Spiritual Resources for Environmental Justice in partnership with Christians Aware To meet the challenges of the current ecological crisis we need not only technological solutions but also strength within ourselves. During this day we will explore ways we can develop our spiritual lives in order to grow in wonder, compassion, hope and wisdom; tapping into the energy of the Creator to work for the healing of creation.

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November 2016

£25

Subversive Peacemaking: Conscience & Remembrance

2nd November 2016, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Based on his book ‘Subversive Peacemakers: War Resistance 1914–1918’ (Lutterworth 2014), Clive Barrett will lead us in a day thinking about the importance of shaping an informed conscience, standing for what one believes in and reclaiming narratives in ways that promote peace and understanding. Responses will be offered by Jim Coleman (former chaplain to both RAF and army). Both speakers will aim to give some resources and food for thought as we approach Remembrance Sunday, especially poignant during 2016 which…

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£8

When I Pray What Does God Do

9th November 2016, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Scientific & Biblical Reflections for Discipleship and Ministry An afternoon session in two parts; firstly looking at the problems of a laser beam God: Old challenges in thinking about how God answers prayer, then a session entitled From a clockwork universe to the uncertainty of quantum theory: New opportunities in thinking about how God answers prayer.  

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£175

The Bible & the Holy Land Today

21st November 2016, 12:00 pm - 23rd November 2016, 2:00 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Whether we like it or not, our attitudes to the Bible and the biblical text affect and are affected by current realities in the Middle East, and specifically in Israel and Palestine. It is an area where difficult questions are far more apparent than easy answers. This short course offers the opportunity to explore several interrelated biblical themes which contribute to the tensions.

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£20

Making Sense of Matthew

26th November 2016, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Matthew’s gospel, with its focus on Jesus’ origins, the Jewish character of Jesus’ mission, and extended reflection on eschatology, offers both rich resources and specific challenges for our reading and preaching. How do we make sense of his use of the Old Testament? What are we to do with his organisation of Jesus’ teaching material? Was it originally only written for a Jewish audience? And can we appropriate the extensive material on eschatology? We will explore these questions, and more,…

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December 2016

£20

Reflective Advent Study Day on St Nicholas

2nd December 2016, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Boy to Bishop, Saint to Santa Claus, the legends of St Nicholas are numerous and often fanciful. He is Patron of more groups than any other saint, and many churches are dedicated in his honour. But what is the truth behind the tales, the life behind the legend? Who was this 4th Century Bishop who became one of our most popular saints? During the day there will be room for quiet reflection.

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£20

Advent Quiet Day

10th December 2016, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

In all the Christmas rush we can surely take a day out to think, to pray and to prepare for the coming of Jesus. Set aside the noise and confusion of Christmas for a few hours and come and enjoy the silence while you consider what it’s really about.

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January 2017

£84

Theology reforming Society Conference

20th January 2017 - 21st January 2017
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Theology reforming Society Anglican Social Theology: past, present and future Residential Conference Lectures on F.D. Maurice and Christian Socialism, Charles Gore, the Christian Social Union and Neville Figgis, William Temple and his successors and recent Anglican social theology including Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury.

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£20.00

Good Disagreement? Unity and Disagreement in the Book of Acts

28th January 2017, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

What happens when Christians disagree?  Is it just a little local difficulty - or a fundamental betrayal of the unity of the Body of Christ?  

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February 2017

£20.00

Using Art in Preaching

4th February 2017, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

We will be using David Day’s 5 approaches to using art in sermons: Attending, Articulating, Accompanying, Engaging and Involving. There will be an opportunity to explore each of these approaches using art which relates to lectionary readings.  

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£20.00

The Psychology Behind Dealing with Conflict

25th February 2017, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Conflict is an inherent  part of our every day existence and, to a greater or lesser degree, is present in all human interactions.  We cannot eliminate it, but we can learn to work with it: to appreciate its positive elements, and to manage it so as to render conflict productive and beneficial.  This one-day workshop will provide some insights into human behaviour in dispute situations, and through both a theoretical and a practical inter-active approach, will furnish valuable learning in…

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March 2017

£5

Tuesday evenings in Lent: We are Pilgrims on a Journey…

7th March 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until 28th March 2017

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

Four sessions... (1) In-step: Why be a pilgrim? (2) In-tandem: Journeying alongside others… (3) In-turmoil: Questions along the way... (4) In-sight: Arriving at the destination...  

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£8.00

Mary’s Silent Yes

25th March 2017, 9:30 am - 12:50 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

During the morning we will look at the contemplative dimensions of solitude, silence and prayer in our positive response to God’s invitation and call on our lives. There will be two sessions, space for silent reflection and the opportunity to end the morning by sharing in with the Communities celebration of the Midday Office and Eucharist.  

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April 2017

£20.00

Quiet Day for Passiontide

7th April 2017, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

The Lamb upon the Throne Approaching the Cross from the perspective of themes from the book of Revelation. Led by Canon Dr Christina Baxter CBE More details to follow

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£20.00

Christians living amongst Muslims

29th April 2017, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

The peninsula is the heartland of Islam, which affects both Christians who live there and Muslims throughout the world. Islam in this area is quite different from Islam as encountered in the West, and even as it is encountered in the Levant (see map). However, an insight into Islam and the Muslim communities in the Arabian peninsula will provide an excellent resource for a wider and deeper understanding of Islam than is normally possible for non-Muslims. Our day with Bill…

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May 2017

Free

Foundation of the Community of the Resurrection

5th May 2017, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Foundation of the Community of the Resurrection 125th Anniversary Lecture Friday 5th May 2017 at 10.30 am given by Paul Bradshaw Professor Emeritus Notre Dame University, USA The Community of the Resurrection is a monastic community strongly involved in mission, education and engagement with society. Founded in Oxford 125 years ago by Charles Gore and 5 others, its commitment to social justice led to a decision in 1898 to move to Britain’s industrial heartland in West Yorkshire. Walter Frere, the…

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£20.00

Mindfulness and Psychological Therapy, A Christian Perspective

13th May 2017, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

The course leaders have been exploring the links between spirituality, meditation and psychological healing for some years. In recent times, mindfulness has proved a useful bridging concept between these different areas. The workshop will use discussion and experiential exercises to explore how ‘looking at our experiences from a different place’ can help to detoxify problems such as anxiety, worry and stress and how religious communities in particular might incorporate such strategies into efforts to develop ‘healthy churches’. Led by Dr…

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June 2017

£20.00

Listening to God in our everyday lives

15th June 2017, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Seeing God in All we Do from Happiness to Heartache All life's experiences, however big or small, have the potential to be life giving and perhaps especially those which hurt or challenge us. We need to learn to hold on to these moments of truth, chew them over and be taught by them. As we give life's experiences the chance to speak to us we can also begin to see the flimsiness of the way the world lives its life…

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July 2017

£20.00

Words for Wellbeing

4th July 2017, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Writing is good for you! In this one-day course you will use the power of the written word to help promote your wellbeing. Through short, simple guided writing activities, you will explore your inner and outer world. The emphasis will be on the process, not the end product. Just bring along some paper, a pen, your enthusiasm and your curiosity. The day will be interspersed with short Mindfulness meditations and prayers to aid the process of being fully present in…

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September 2017

£21.00

Standing Alongside

9th September 2017, 10:00 am
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

During the day we will reflect on what clues the gospels give us about what it means to stand alongside people in their joys and sorrows. How did Jesus minister to those who were on the margins, grieving, or in mental or physical pain? What does his attitude to these situations influence the way he met and ministered to them? What does it say to us in our circumstances? A reflective day in nature with time and space to pray…

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October 2017

£21.00

Quiet Day: Being, Belonging, Becoming

7th October 2017, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Themes of identity, belonging, and rootedness. During this Quiet Day we will be considering the themes of identity, belonging, and rootedness. We will reflect on how, as Christian disciples, we can find a sense of belonging in the world and discover our true identity in the person of Christ. Guli will draw on her own experience of living between and betwixt two cultures,  languages and faiths to help explore these universal themes. Each talk will draw on inspiration from a different contemporary novel, unpacking underlying threads and helping to make connections between…

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FREE

‘The Monastic Tradition and the Contemporary Church’

11th October 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Book Launch of: ‘Oneness- The dynamics of monasticism’ (edited by Stephen Platten and published 2017 SCM Press) "Oneness" considers the role small-group monastic life plays within the life of the contemporary church. Using a focus on the life, practice and history of the Shepherds Law community as a starting point, the book broadens the discussion to consider how such communities negotiate the boundary between the solitary life and life within their community.                                          BOOKING ESSENTIAL

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FREE

The Sixth Annual Walter Tapper Lecture

17th October 2017, 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Church Furnishings: Do we need them? ‘Discovering quality and meaning in sacred places and how we are affected by furnishings’                                                                                                     BOOKING ESSENTIAL

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£21

Quiet Day- ‘The Tent of Meeting’

28th October 2017, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

'Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away. He called it the ‘The Tent of Meeting’. Anyone who sought God would go to the tent...' (Exodus 33:7-10) In our ordinary lives we can have extraordinary encounters with and glimpses of the Holy One - through other people, nature, scripture, prayer, through sorrow and joy.

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November 2017

£10

I trust in Him?

3rd November 2017, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Reflective day for Lay Pastoral Ministers A day of reflection for authorised Lay Pastoral Ministers in the Wakefield and Huddersfield Episcopal Areas.

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£8.50

Poetry Salon

16th November 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Our poet in residence Maggie Jackson will host a Poetry 'Salon' - with a panel of poets from different faith traditions discussing spiritual poems and sharing some of their own work.

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£21

The Book of Revelation- Then and Now

25th November 2017, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

After 2,000 years, the Book of Revelation continues to both attract and repel. Where should we start in trying to make sense of its bizarre imagery? How do we go about relating it to life in the 21st century? And how can we tell the difference between sensible interpretation and misleading speculation?

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December 2017

£21

Advent Quiet Day The God Who Comes

16th December 2017, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Quiet Day for Advent using Carvings & Music Having led Quiet Days in Lent at the Mirfield Centre in 2010 and 2015, Canon Christopher Lewis returns this year in Advent.  He will again bring some of his wood carvings to provide a focus for the day, along with music that reflects them. Among them will be carvings of the Great Advent Antiphons, inspired by Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat Antiphons.  Christopher’s practice is usually to place a carving with neither title nor…

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January 2018

£21

A Study day on the Book of Job

27th January 2018, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

About the Day  We all know the story of Job – or do we? We probably know the basic story as told in the first two and last Chapters of the book, the basic premise of which is a wrestling match between God and Satan over the character of Job.  But the real meat of the book is found in the 39 chapters in between, a wrestling match between the theologies of good and evil, and how we are rewarded…

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February 2018

£21

The 14th Century English Mystics

24th February 2018, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

The four great English spiritual writers of the 14th century are as relevant today as they ever have been.  The readership of ‘Cloud of Unknowing’ and Julian of Norwich has never been greater.  Walter Hilton (‘The Scale of Perfection’) was for centuries one of the most widely read authors on the spiritual life.  Richard Rolle, Hermit of Hampole was a contemporary of Chaucer and one of the first to write in English about mystical experience.

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March 2018

£8.50

Dementia

6th March 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

What happens to spirit, mind, body and personhood in dementia? What is the relationship between them? Where are they located? Where is God in all this? What implications does this have for the church as the body of Christ?

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£21

Quiet Day – In the Garden

23rd March 2018, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Reflections for Passiontide from Eden to Gethsemane.  An opportunity to reflect on the significance of place, and specifically on the imagery of the garden through a series of key Biblical events. Four addresses, each drawing on the themes raised in the location of a different garden will be illustrated by works of art and followed by music.

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April 2018

£575

Byzantine Icon Painting Retreat

10th April 2018 - 14th April 2018
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

A five day workshop woven into the prayerful fabric of the Monastery's daily offices. Learn the traditional and ancient techniques of the Byzantine Masters, including water gilding  with 24 carat gold leaf over clay and how to make and use pigments from natural mineral colours and eggs. Includes all materials required to complete your own Icon.  No previous experience is required

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£21

How are we shaping the future of our planet?

28th April 2018, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

The day will have four presentations on Climate Change, Care of the Earth, Lifestyle and Love for the Poor.  Each presentation will be followed by question and discussion time.  Leds by Ellen Teague – a London-based freelance Catholic journalist who writes and campaigns on Justice, Peace and Ecology issues.

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September 2018

£22.00

Gypsies and Travellers: A Community outside a Community

22nd September 2018, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

There are at least 300,000 Gypsies and Travellers in Britain (not counting the Roma) though the overwhelming majority never these days travel. Even so, their access to education and health services is poor. Though often struggling financially, they can be subjected to violence and protection rackets by organised crime. Yet our perceptions of them are often clouded by misleading (and sometimes downright dishonest) reports in the newspapers and on TV and they are regarded as pariahs, modern day lepers. Even…

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£25.00

Creative Spaces – A one day felting workshop with times of stillness, quiet and simple meditation

28th September 2018, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

The day will be a mixture of quiet spaces and creative wet-felting activities using coloured Merino wool and other fibres to make your own distinctive needle case and notebook cover.  You will be able to work at your own pace but with ideas, teaching and support provided. The day will begin and end with a short meditation and time of quiet, joining with the Brothers for their lunchtime worship if you so wish. There will also be brief periods of…

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October 2018

Free

7th Annual Walter Tapper Lecture

2nd October 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

The Community of the Resurrection and the Mirfield Liturgical Institute present Space, People and Ritual: The first cathedral at Salisbury (Old Sarum) 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…

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£22.00

Blue Planet, Blue God: The Bible and the Sea

13th October 2018, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

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…

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£22.00

Exploring Silence Workshop

27th October 2018, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

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…

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November 2018

£22.00

Exploring the Gospel of Luke

24th November 2018, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

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…

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April 2019

£185.00

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

April 2, 4:00 pm - April 4, 4:00 pm
The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road
Mirfield, WF14 0BW

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…

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