Saints and Sinners: Throughout Christian history relatively ordinary people have gone on to become some of the most extraordinary characters of our rich heritage. Some we hear about often, others have unfortunately faded into all but obscurity. This lecture series gives us an opportunity to explore the men and women of the Church, understand their significance in their time and see how they apply to our lives today.
This series is for everyone who wants to know more about these Sinners and Saints.
Each month a different guest speaker will present someone new, followed by the chance to ask questions.
Complimentary wine and nibbles will be served. All events are free.
How to find us
Thursday, 23rd, October 7.30pm
Stanley Hauerwas: America's Theologian
Speaker: The Rev'd David Pickersgill
Hauerwas is an American theologian, ethicist, and public intellectual. Hauerwas currently teaches at Duke University, serving as the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School with a joint appointment at the Duke University School of Law
Hauerwas has written widely on a diverse range of subjects, such as systematic theology, philosophical theology, political philosophy, the philosophy of social science, law,education, bioethics, and medical ethics. Hauerwas is known for his outspoken advocacy of pacifism, as well of his fierce criticism of liberal democracy, capitalism, militarism, American civil religion and both Christian fundamentalism and liberal Christianity. Among his most important contributions to modern theology are his advocacy of and work related to virtue ethics and postliberal theology
The Rev'd David Pickersgill is the Associate Priest at St. Laurence's Church, Reading. He read theology at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, where he completed his training for Ordination and was Priested in 2014
Thursday, 25th September, 7.30pm
Origen: The Biggest Brain
of the Early Church
Speaker: The Rev'd Dr Peter Day
Origen was a scholar and early Christian theologian who was born and spent the first half of his career in Alexandria. He was a prolific writer in multiple branches of theology, including textual criticism, biblical exegesis and hermeneutics, philosophical theology, preaching, and spirituality.
Some of his reputed teachings, such as the pre-existence of souls, the final reconciliation of all creatures, including perhaps even the devil (the apokatastasis) and the subordination of the Son of God to God the Father, later became controversial among Christian theologians. Origen, along with the prominent "Origenists" Didymus the Blind and Evagrius Ponticus, was declared anathema in 553 CE by the Second Council of Constantinople
The Rev'd Dr Peter Day is the Priest-in-Charge of Christ Church, Reading. He completed his Ph.D. in Origen under the supervision of the former Archbishop of Canturbury, Lord (Rowan) Williams of Oystermouth.
Thursday, 20th November, 7.30pm
John Henry Newman: Conflicted Catholic
Speaker: The Rev'd Graham Lunn
Newman was originally an evangelical Oxford academic and priest in the Church of England, Newman was a leader in the Oxford Movement. This influential grouping of Anglicans wished to return the Church of England to many Catholic beliefs and forms of worship traditional in the medieval times to restore ritual expression. In 1845 Newman left the Church of England and was received into the Roman Catholic Church where he was eventually granted the rank of cardinal by Pope Leo XIII. He was instrumental in the founding of the Catholic University of Ireland, which evolved into University College, Dublin, today the largest university in Ireland.
Newman was also a literary figure of note: his major writings including his autobiography Apologia Pro Vita Sua (1865–66), the Grammar of Assent (1870), and the poem The Dream of Gerontius (1865), which was set to music in 1900 by Edward Elgar as an oratorio.
The Rev'd Graham Lunn is the Assistant Priest at St. Mark and All Saints, Reading. Before coming to Reading, Rev'd Graham read theology at St. Stephens House, Oxford and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He will be taking up a new post in 2015 as he completes his curacy.
Thursday, 18th December, 7.30pm
St. Nicholas: The Hammer of Heretics?
Speaker: The Rev'd Samuel McNally-Cross
Saint Nicholas, or as we think of him today, Santa Claus, also called Nikolaos of Myra, was a historic 4th-century Christian saint and Greek Bishop of Myra (Demre, part of modern-day Turkey) in Lycia. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker.
Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, pawnbrokers and students in various cities and countries around Europe. He was also a patron of the Varangian Guard of the Byzantine emperors, who protected his relics in Bari.
The Rev'd Samuel McNally-Cross is the Assistant Curate at St. Giles-in-Reading. Before coming to serve his title in Reading he read theology at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford and completed a dissertation in secular and sacred pilgrimages.
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