May 2023

Sacred  Spaces

four talks on ways that the arts enhance the sacred in a space

at St Lawrence Church, The Square, Winchester

Wednesdays 3, 10, 17 and 24 May 2023
12.30 – 1pm

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The Reverend Dr Andreas Andreopoulos
Andreas Andreopoulos returns to Space in the City a year after giving us a splendid series of talks on Orthodox Christianity. He is Reader in Orthodox Christianity at the University of Winchester and a priest of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain. His research and writings cover the study of the Fathers of the Church, Christian Iconography and Symbolism, the study of Liturgy, and Modern Orthodox Thought. His publications include Metamorphosis: the Transfiguration in Byzantine Theology and Iconography (SVS Press, 2005), Art as Theology: from the Postmodern to the Medieval (Equinox, 2007), This is my Beloved Son: The Transfiguration of Christ (Paraclete, 2012), and Christos Yannaras: Philosophy, Theology, Culture (ed.) (Routledge, 2019). He has been leading the study of Orthodox Theology at Master’s and PhD level at the University of Winchester.
  • Dr Andreopoulos’ talk was introduced by the Rev’d Amanda Goulding.  It was live-streamed on Zoom and recorded: you can view the Zoom recording here.
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  Thomas Denny was originally to have spoken on 10 May, and Amanda Goulding on 17 May. Due to illness, Thomas Denny’s talk was postponed to 17 May and Amanda Goulding spoke on 10 May.
10 May Finding the Sacred in Modern Church Architecture
The Reverend Amanda Goulding
Amanda Goulding was ordained in 2007 and has been Assistant Priest in the Winchester city centre benefice of St Bartholomew and St Lawrence with St Swithun-upon-Kingsgate since 2009. She left a teaching career to concentrate on theological studies which initially included training for Lay Ministry. A module on Liturgy in that course encouraged a more creative approach to church buildings and thus was born a practical interest in church architecture and interiors.
  • The talk was introduced by the Denis Archdeacon.  To listen again, click the ‘play’ button (grey triangle in the player bar below).

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17 May Orchestrating colour, light and narrative – some recent stained glass
Thomas Denny
Thomas Denny was born in London in 1956, and studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art. Since 1984, he has made dozens of windows for churches, mostly in England including Durham, Hereford, Gloucester and Leicester Cathedrals, and a few further afield: St John’s, Tralee (County Kerry) and Trinity Church, New York. He thinks of the demands of the setting, and the peculiarities of the medium of traditional stained glass, as joyful constraints.
  • Thomas Denny’s talk was introduced by the Rev’d Amanda Goulding.  It was live-streamed on Zoom and recorded: you can view the Zoom recording here.
    For copyright information, see below.
24 May Noli Me Tangere: The Resurrection in Art
The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Herbert
In the 14 years since his retirement as Bishop of St Albans, Christopher Herbert has established himself as a respected and sought-after lecturer in the fields of Christian art, spirituality and the ethics of end-of-life care. He was the Vicar of Bourne, near Farnham, Surrey, between 1981 and 1990. He was appointed Director of Post-Ordination Training and made a Canon of Guildford Cathedral before becoming Archdeacon of Dorking in 1990. Christopher retired as Bishop of St Albans in 2009 after performing the role for nearly 15 years. He has compiled a number of volumes of Pocket Prayers and is also a regular contributor to the Reflections for Daily Prayer series. He is a visiting Professor in Christian Ethics at the University of Surrey and has been an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Winchester since 2010. His published work includes Seeing and Believing: praying with paintings of the Life, Death and Resurrection of Christ (Canterbury Press 2008) and Foreshadowing the Reformation: Art and Religion in the 15th Century Burgundian Netherlands (Routledge, 2016).

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Previous series of Space in the City
October 2022:The Lamp Still Shines:  four talks on the state of health since Florence Nightingale.
May 2022:Orthodox Christianity:  four talks by the Rev’d Dr Andreas Andreopoulos.
May 2020:‘Sacred Space’ – cancelled due to Covid-19.
January 2020:The Problem of Sin:  three talks by Canon Angela Tilby.
Autumn 2019:Alone:  six contemporary experiences of solitude.
May 2019:Reflecting on The Lord’s Prayer.
January 2019:The Annunciation: A Pilgrim’s Quest:  three talks by Mark Byford.
Autumn 2018:Remembering War … Making Peace considering what has been said and done, painted and composed and written, that has been inspired by the experience of war and the hope of peace.
May 2018:Holy Places:  What is it that creates a sense of the holy in places as diverse as the city and the rural, within buildings or a community?
New Year 2018:Three Reflections by The Very Rev’d Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester Cathedral.
Autumn 2017:The Common Good – an idea whose time has come?
May 2017:A Novel Approach – four novelists and writers speak on writing and faith.
February 2017:Soul Matters – Brian Draper on “Soulfulness” and Patrick Woodhouse on “The practice of Faith in a Dismissive World”.
Autumn 2016:Life Matters – five talks tackling issues around Faith, Life and Ethics.
May 2016:The Food of Love – four talks exploring the love of music, seasoned by faith.
Jan-Feb 2016:What we need to know about Syria but are too ashamed to ask – three talks on a topic many of us are only too aware we know too little about.
Autumn 2015:Tell us the Old, Old Story – seven talks given by authoritative theologians, writers and preachers, exploring the interpretation of familiar passages of Biblical Narrative.
Spring 2015:Unfolding Images – five talks exploring the point of intersection between Art and Spirituality.
Jan-Feb 2015:Something Understood – four talks by Canon Jeremy Davies.
Autumn 2014:The Seven ‘Deadly’ Virtues? – four talks addressing the question: are the virtues of Faith, Hope, Love, Prudence, Courage, Restraint and Justice something still worth striving for in this 21st century post-modern world of ours, or are they just too out-moded for words?
11 June 2014:Beyond the Drift – Rev’d Canon Dr David Scott read works from his newly-published collection.
Spring 2014:The Power of Poetry – illuminating the journey.
Jan-Feb 2014:At the End of the Day – four talks by Canon David Winter.
Autumn 2013:Engaging with God:  Worship, Ways and Words.
May 2013:A Spiritual Toolkit – five talks on tools that may assist us in our spiritual journeys.
Jan-Feb 2013:If Jesus is the Answer, What is the Question? – four talks by Dr Jane Williams.
Autumn 2012:Hope Beyond Loss.  Six talks from eminent speakers who engaged with the subject of loss in a number of its guises – but recognising that beyond loss there is hope to be found.
May 2012:Going for Gold:  Spiritual Greats of the Twentieth Century.  Four talks on great spiritual thinkers of the last century who ‘ran with endurance the race set before them’ (Hebrews 12.1).
Spring 2012:Bishop Christopher Herbert:  four talks on Perception, Belief and Ethics.
Autumn 2011:400:  The King James Bible – past, present and future.
May 2011:The World as Gift?:  four talks exploring our relationship with the world as a gift from God.
January 2011:Pie in the Sky?:  four talks by Dr Paula Gooder exploring the themes of Life, Death, Heaven and Hell in the Bible.
Autumn 2010:Sanctuary:  eight talks in which various speakers explored their differing experience and understandings of sanctuary.
Spring 2010:Aspects of Alfred:  Four talks by Rev’d Canon Dr David Scott.
Lent 2010:Mammon’s Revenge:  Four talks by Rt Rev’d Dr Peter Selby, formerly Bishop of Worcester.
Autumn 2009:Prophets for our Time:  Seven talks by different speakers.
Spring 2009:Inspired:  four reflections on the nature of Inspiration and Place.
January 2009:The Audacity of Hope:  four talks by Rev’d Dr Martyn Atkins.
Autumn 2008:When I’m Sixty-Four … A Celebration of the Third Age!
Spring 2008:What can Christianity do for you?
January 2008:The Re-Enchantment of Morality:  Wisdom for a Troubled World.  Four talks by Bishop Richard Harries (Lord Harries of Pentregarth).
Autumn 2007:Spirituality & …
May 2007:After Anne Frank.
May 2006:Josephine Butler and Sexual Law Reform (PDF text) by Ann Lewin.
Jan-Feb 2006:Rev. Joel Edwards gave four talks under the general title “Respect”.  The texts of his talks have been made available by the Evangelical Alliance.
New Year 2005:Four talks by Bishop John Baker (formerly Bishop of Salisbury), “Between Faith and Doubt”:  about God, about Jesus, about Good and Evil and about Life and Death.  The text of those talks is available here.
2004:Bishop John Baker gave a series of four talks on the Lord’s Prayer.  The text of those talks is here.
Jan-Feb 1999:Convictions: Here I Stand:  a series of six talks by Archbishop Donald Coggan.
Lent 1998:Four Settings of the Passion:  a series of four talks by Dr Cyril Rodd.
Feb-Mar 1997:Four for the Gospel Makers:  a series of four talks by Bishop Simon Burrows.
January 1997:A Brief Guide to the End of the World:  a series of four talks by Rev’d Dr Colin Morris.
Autumn 1995:Yes to God’s Earth:  seven talks on the theme of Creation.

Space in the City is an ecumenical venture organised by lay, licensed, ordained and associate members of Winchester’s city churchesSt Bartholomew and St Lawrence with St Swithun-upon-Kingsgate, St Peter’s and the United Church.

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