|Joanna CollicuttThe Rev’d Dr Joanna Collicutt works three days a week for Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford as the Karl Jaspers Lecturer in Pyschology and Spirituality. The rest of the week she works as Oxford Diocesan Advisor for Spiritual Care for Older People. After many years working as a clinical psychologist in the health service, Joanna moved into the field of psychology of religion and was director of the MA programme in psychology of religion at Heythrop College, University of London, until 2010 when she joined the staff at Cuddesdon.
Dr Collicutt’s interests are wide-ranging, reflected in publications on cognitive behaviour therapy, positive psychology, brain and behaviour, natural theology, psychological approaches to the Bible, psychological trauma, the spirituality of children and people with special needs, and medical ethics. She has been a trustee of Godly Play UK and Chair of the British Association of Christians in Psychology. Joanna is an associate priest in a west Oxfordshire parish.
Jesus and the Gospel Women – John 8
|Neil MesserThe Rev’d Professor Dr Neil Messer completed his PhD in molecular biology in Cambridge before a call to ordained ministry in the United Reformed Church led him to study theology in Cambridge and at King’s College London. He served as a church minister before moving into theological teaching and research at Mansfield College, Oxford, the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, and the University of Wales, Lampeter. He came to the Univesity of Winchester in 2009 as Head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and was made Professor of Theology in 2011. His published work includes work on Ethics and Bioethics. In conjunction with our penultimate speaker he edited The Bible: culture, community and society (London: T & T Clark, 2013).
On longing for a child of one’s own, then and now – 1 Samuel 1: 1-20
|Susan DurberThe Rev’d Dr Susan Durber is Theology Co-ordinator for Christian Aid and a minister of the United Reformed Church. She has served in local churches and as a theological educator, most recently at Westminster College in Cambridge. Her most recent book is a collection of reflections and prayers on the parables of Jesus, Surprised by Grace, and she is the author of Preaching like a Woman (2007). She is Moderator of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches. She is passionate about living a life of prayer, thinking and action for justice in God’s world, with all of Christ’s church.
The Lost Coin – Luke 15: 8-10
[Jesus said,] “What woman, having ten drachmas, if she loses a drachma, doesn’t light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And finding it, she calls together her female friends and women neighbours, saying, ‘Celebrate with me, for I found the drachma that I lost.’ I say to you, such joy there is among the angels of God over one sinner repenting.” (translation by Susan Durber)
|Malcolm GuiteThe Rev’d Malcolm Guite was born in Nigeria and raised in Africa and Canada, He now lives in Cambridge where he is chaplain of Girton College. Malcolm is a published poet, is a member of a rock and roll band, Mystery Train, is part of a jazz-poetry performance collective called riprap, and gives regular poetry/music performances here and in the United States. Malcolm’s research interests lie in the interface between theology and the arts, more specifically Theology and Literature, and he has published books on both subjects, separately and together. His published work includes collected daily reflections, and a number of anthologies of poetry, including a volume of 70 sonnets for the Christian year, Sounding the Seasons (Canterbury Press, 2012). He has a special interest in Coleridge and CS Lewis. Malcolm is also one of the clergy at St Edward King and Martyr, in the centre of Cambridge.
Encounters on the Way – Luke 23: 26-31
|Colin GreeneThe Rev’d Dr Colin Greene is Programme Leader for Theology, Imagination and Culture at Sarum College, Salisbury, and Director of Metavista Associates. Before returning to the UK in 2008, he was Professor of Theological and Cultural Studies at Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He was a founder, contributor and consultant editor to the internationally acclaimed Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar (nine volumes – 2000-9). In 2004 he published Christology in Cultural Perspective (Eerdmans and Paternoster) which won a prize from the Academy of Parish Clergy in the US as one of the top ten books of 2004. In 2008 he published, along with a former colleague, Metavista: Bible, Church and Mission in an Age of Imagination (Paternoster). He has published many book chapters and is currently involved in a number of research and writing projects on the interface between theology, culture and biblical theology.
Jesus and Mary Magdalene – Reading the Scriptures through Art
|Angus PaddisonDr Angus Paddison studied at Cambridge University and the University of Glasgow and held research posts at the Universities of Gloucestershire and Nottingham before coming to Winchester. He is now both Reader in Theology and Director of Academic Quality and Development at Winchester University. Angus’ interests and expertise lie in the area of Contemporary theology and theologians, especially Stanley Hauerwas, Rowan Williams, and John Howard Yoder; Theology and politics, and the Theological interpretation of Scripture. He has published a wide range of articles in a number of respected theological journals. His focus takes us on from our reflections on the journey to Emmaus two weeks ago.
What Makes Interpretation of Scripture Theological? – Luke 24: 13-35
|Patrick WoodhousePatrick Woodhouse retired in December 2012 from Wells Cathedral where he had been Canon Precentor since 2000. His career brought him to Wells from Wiltshire where he was Vicar of Chippenham, and before that as Advisor in the Church of England’s ministry of Social Responsibility. His particular concerns include the recovery of a more contemplative spirituality within the life of the church and a deeper understanding of, and respect for, the contemplative dimension of different faith traditions. Over the last few years he has also been writing: Beyond Words, an introduction to contemplative prayer (2001) and With You is the Well of Life, a book of prayers (2005) (both pub. Kevin Mayhew) and Etty Hillesum, a Life Transformed (Continuum 2009). In 1997 Patrick visited India for a period of study leave and as a result, he and his wife now lead pilgrimages to South India exploring meeting points between contemplative traditions. Patrick and Sam have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
Life in the Psalms – Contemporary Meaning in Ancient Texts
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|Wonder-speaking God, you created all there is by the power of your word, and renew us daily by your life-giving Spirit. We give thanks for the gift of the Scriptures; we thank you for the wisdom they offer, for the good news they proclaim, and for the challenge and comfort they bring us.
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