Pope Francis issued a memorable exhortation to religious: ‘The Church must be attractive. Wake up the world. Be witnesses of a different way of acting, of living. It is possible to live differently in this world.’ This module looks at how religious might find creative ways to respond to this challenge in a world that is often hostile to the message of the Church. In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis what should be the ‘new normal’ for religious life?
Recorded talks will be available from 25 September 2020. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, 21 October 2020 at 7.30pm.
The Coronavirus crisis was a seismic shock to the world. It raises deep questions for theology. Does this pandemic challenge our idea of a loving God? More positively, does the crisis allow us
to reset our understandings of such fundamental areas as the Church; the natural world; community; sacraments and service? Could the pandemic be our unique ‘call to prayer’? How can we go forward as credible witnesses to the God of creation and power?
Recorded talks will be available from 16 October 2020. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, 11 November 2020 at 7.30pm.
When seeking to understand the meaning of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the early Church devoted much time to reflecting on the Psalms. The prayer book of the people of Israel offers Christians today a rich source for deepening our
understanding of the mind of Jesus as he undertook his ministry of proclaiming the Reign of God. It also nourishes our own faith life as we pray the prayers that were formative for him. In this module, we shall consider the background to the book of Psalms and then take time to study a number of these prayers with a view to exploring how they might assist us in praying as Jesus prayed.
Recorded talks will be available from 25 September 2020. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, 14 October 2020 at 7.30pm.
The New Testament Apocalypse has punctuated Christian history at critical moments. In this module, we will read it in its historical context but with a keen eye on today. The text is easily misread and so it is vital to establish what it would have meant to its first hearers before figuring out how it can speak to later generations.
Recorded talks will be available from 16 October 2020. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, 18 November 2020 at 7.30pm.