|Living Theology - Birmingham 2019|
Birmingham Living Theology
This two–day course focusses on several aspects of how God is active in our world.
Please note this is an interim programme - more details will follow
In particular, the course outlines for A, B and C are likely to change or be developed.
Everyone follows this course:
A: Religion and Peacebuilding
This course explores popular and scholarly ideas about the connections between religion, violence and peacebuilding. We will look in particular at teaching on peace in the Catholic Church.
Fuller details to follow.
Dr Theodora Hawksley CJ is a theologian by training, with a background in ecclesiology and social science. Her postdoctoral work at the University of Edinburgh focussed on peacebuilding and the arts, and she is currently finishing a book on Catholic social teaching on peace. She entered the Congregation of Jesus in 2015, and is based in London.
Each person chooses one of the following B courses:
B1: Towards a New World
As we human beings get more and more control over God’s continuing creation, we seem to be able to make more and more of a mess of it. In this course we will look at the various increasing problems we face around the world, and how they are seen in Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’. What’s causing all these problems? And what can we actually do about them? How can we move towards a better world, and intimately into the Kingdom of God? Although there is an air of gloom over what we are doing to the world, this course is upbeat and hopeful!
Michael Smith SJ is a Jesuit priest who has spent most of his life in education. He now specialises in adult education, and lectures in several places on theological topics. Beginning with a degree in physics, he has a special interest in the links between science and faith, and tries to maintain this view of reality in all his work.
B2:The Kingdom and Empire
—the political and social context of Jesus’ teaching and practice.
Each person chooses one of the following C courses:
C1: Eschatology revisited
—exploring the basis and implications of Christian hope.
C2: Being saved . . .
Jesus Christ in his life, death and resurrection redeemed the human race. This course will focus on what that means for each of us individually, and for the whole human race. We will look at the meaning and use of the word redemption and related ideas such as salvation, atonement, and being freed from sin, as they occur in scripture, and in later thinking in the Christian church. And we'll think how that work is being carried on today.
Michael Smith SJ
This course will be held at:
Nearest train station is Selly Oak.
Booking a place on this course
Please note that booking does not open until January 2019. After that, please book in advance, so that we can get the numbers for catering and handouts correct.
The suggested offering for this course is £40 for both days which includes a light lunch each day. If this is a problem then there is no difficulty if you offer less than this.