Study Day: My God, My God, Why? Exploring the Mystery of Suffering

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There is surely nothing more difficult to talk about than suffering and yet surely no subject where it is more necessary that we speak responsibly. This course does not aim to provide an answer to “the problem of pain” – because that is impossible. Rather, it is hoped that it may provide some resources from the Christian tradition to help us to approach our own pain and that of others with confidence and compassion. Course Leader: Dr Ann Swailes OP Date: Wednesday, 26th January 2022, 10.30am– 4.00pm (includes lunch and coffee breaks) Cost: £50 Early birds get £5 off if [...]

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Women Who Changed the Church Lecture: ‘And your daughters shall prophesy…’ The influence of women in the Protestant Reformation

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Dr Charlotte Methuen will consider the contribution of women in the German Reformation, particularly women who published controversial works in support of Luther's ideas.  These include the former nuns Florentina von Oberweimar and Ursula von Münsterberg, whose works were endorsed by Luther, the lay women Argula von Grumbach, Ursula Weyda, Katharina Schutz Zell, and the anonymous author of two polemical treatises.  The paper will show how women justified their contributions to Reformation debates, despite efforts to silence them coming from on both sides of Reformation debates, and assess their influence. Date/Time:  Thursday 27 January 2022 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm Cost:  [...]

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

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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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CTP Module 4 Women Who Changed the Church Workshop 1 of 3

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From the women of the scripture to Catholic Women Speak, women have consistently changed church practice, communities, and ideas.  This eight lecture series, including this year’s Mary Ward lecture, will explore inspirational women whose lives and actions have been transformational within the Church.  By focusing on women in the historical and contemporary church, the course is designed to open discussion spaces to celebrate, uncover, and critique the contributions of women to and through Church history. Speakers include:  Prof Shannen Dee Williams of University of Dayton (Mary Ward Lecture 2022), Sr Jo Robson OCD, Prof Jeana Del Rosso of Notre Dame [...]

Women Who Changed the Church Lecture: Women Religious, Charitable Ministries and the Welfare State

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Women Religious, Charitable Ministries and the Welfare State As part of the renewal process coming out of the Second Vatican Council, women religious questioned and rethought their religious ministries. What were once ventures that had at their essence caritas and evangelisation were now embedded in the welfare state apparatus. In examining the shift in women's ministries, this paper examines the letting go of institutional religious ventures, particular those relating to education and medical care by exploring how existing ministries were reshaped and new ones were established. These shifts were often a move from Catholic-centred, identity-laden, instrumental 'fortress-church' ministries to forms [...]

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Women Who Changed the Church Lecture: Female Self Understanding, Theological Reflection and the Practice of Art

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In this lecture, Sr  Pavlína Marie Kašparová will focus on female self-understanding, introducing recent case studies, including those from her research project, 'The Women of the Book', in which she investigated the presence of religious femininity and its representation in public. She will discuss how such work relates to the theme of women's identity and self-image within the Catholic Church and its teaching. She will also explore how theological reflection and art practice is used as a methodology to express, analyse and communicate the topic of self-representation to the women involved in her research (both in terms of self-journaling and [...]

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‘Male and Female he Created them’ – a Perspective on Transgender in the Catholic Church

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This interactive workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore a range of issues concerning transgender and develop an understanding of how transgender people’s bodies, lives and identities cause controversy within families and raises many ethical and foundational concerns for the church. The aim of this exploration by participants is to arrive at a position where these issues might be held in tension with discerning the pastoral care of all those intimately involved. Course Leader:  Dr Claire Jenkins Dates: Saturday, 19th February 2022, 10.30am - 4.00pm (includes lunch and coffee breaks) Cost: £50 Early Birds get £5 off if you [...]

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Women Who Changed the Church Lecture: Women and the Synod

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Many Catholic women, the mainstays of Catholic pastoral ministry, are increasingly frustrated by the Church’s response to requests for increased presence in the Church, for increased inclusion in pastoral ministry, for increased participation in decision making. How has the Church’s responded to their requests, to their repeated requests, for increased recognition of women as icons of Christ, and thereby appropriate persons to work as professionals in stable offices in the Church? Will the Synod make any difference? Date/ Time: 24 February 2022, 2:00pm to 3:30pm Cost: £10 Lecturer: Dr Phyllis Zagano Register via Eventbrite HERE. Women Who Changed the Church is [...]

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Research Seminar Series: Academic Writing in Theology

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We offer supportive study skills seminars for research students.  Our own students get priority, but all are welcome if places are available.  Please contact Dr Férdia Stone Davis for more information at  fjs23@mbit.cam.ac.uk Research Seminar Series: Academic Writing in Theology How to Begin? Lent Term on Wednesdays 19 January 2022, 1pm–3pm: What is a PhD anyway?  Identifying a research question and getting started. 02 February 2022, 1pm–3pm: Academic writing: working within a discipline, building a structure and crafting the appropriate style. 16 February 2022, 1pm–3pm: Project and time management: discipline, deadlines and planning ahead. 02 March 2022, 1pm–3pm: Methods, methodologies [...]

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Women Who Changed the Church Lecture: On “Unruly” Catholic Nuns

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Dr. Jeana DelRosso of Notre Dame of Maryland University will address the voices of current and former Catholic nuns who write about their lived experiences with Catholicism, both in accordance and in conflict with the institutional Church. Through their writings we learn how these women act out their missions of social justice, challenge cultural and governmental policies, and attempt to reconcile their unruliness with their religious orders and the strictures of the church hierarchy. Date/ Time: 3 March 2022, 2:00pm to 3:30pm Cost: £10 Lecturer: Dr Jeana DelRosso Register via Eventbrite:  HERE Women Who Changed the Church is a series [...]

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Women Who Changed the Church Lecture: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle

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Mary Ward Lecture 2022 Dr Shannen Dee Williams discusses the history of Black Catholic nuns in the United States, hailing them as the “forgotten prophets” of Catholicism and democracy. Drawing on oral histories and previously sealed church records, Williams demonstrates how master narratives of women’s religious life and Catholic commitments to racial and gender justice fundamentally change when the lives and experiences of African American nuns are taken seriously. For Black Catholic women and girls, embracing the celibate religious state constituted a radical act of resistance to white supremacy and the sexual terrorism built into chattel slavery and segregation. Williams [...]

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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 [...]

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