Women Who Changed the Church: Teresa of Avila: Reformer, Mystic, Spiritual Guide

Online with Zoom

St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) is a towering figure in Christian spirituality, her influence extending far beyond the Carmelite Order in which she established her reformed or ‘discalced’ branch of nuns and friars, now spread throughout the world.  In an age when women were expected to restrict their spiritual horizons to reciting vocal prayers and receiving the sacraments, Teresa discovered friendship with Christ as the gateway to contemplative prayer, experienced for herself the most exalted forms of mystical union and, undaunted by the Inquisition, encouraged her sisters to do likewise.  Her mystical writings quickly became spiritual classics and continue to [...]

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Reading Sacred Images: An Introduction to the World of Icons

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The study day aims to help participants ‘befriend’ icons and explore them further. Icons are firmly rooted in Orthodox Christian worship and act as witnesses to the Incarnation. This course will explore these topics but also encourage students to appreciate how icons can be used in catechetical work, spiritual retreats, counselling, as well as collective and individual prayer.  The course aims to help student better understand how icons can inspire our ‘spiritual imagination’ in surprisingly creative ways. Course leader: Dr Joseph Gabor Course date: Saturday 5th March 2022, 10.30am– 4.00pm (includes lunch and coffee breaks) Cost:  £50 Early bird price [...]

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Living, Ageing, Dying: Exploring the Life Course in Dialogue with Gregory of Nyssa’s Life of Macrina

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This study day will take as its guide the fourth century Cappadocian abbess, Saint Macrina, as she is mediated to us through the writing of Gregory of Nyssa. We will consider especially the interrelation of her living and dying, asking how her living prepares for a distinctive kind of dying, and examine how the particular practices of her life frames the meaning of her death.  Her example will help us critically engage with a number of troubling presumptions about ageing and dying in our own era. Course Leader: Dr Jessica Scott Date: Wednesday March 16th 2022, 10.30am– 4.00pm (includes lunch [...]

£50