Living Theology 𔃀 Llandudno — Friday 8th – Sunday 10th July 2022


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Living Theology — Loreto Spirituality Centre Friday 8th — Sunday 10th July 2022

The Living Theology Summer School has been organised by Jesuits and their associates in venues across the country for over 50 years. The courses continue to provide opportunities for Christians of all denominations to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith and develop their personal reflection on Christian living and belief. No prior theological knowledge is required, just an open mind and willingness to engage.

For full details of this summer school, please visit Living Theology at Loreto Spirituality Centre

Keynote speaker — Nicholas King SJ

At the Llandudno Spirituality Centre this year, all participants follow the three lectures given by Nicholas King, our Key Note Speaker. His Friday evening lecture is also a Public Lecture, to which everyone is welcome, even if not attending the rest of the weekend. For details of this course, please see below

Outlines of courses

Participants attend the keynote speaker and then choose two other courses, one for Saturday and another for Sunday. Each course will consist of three presentations throughout the day. This makes it possible for those who are only able to attend on one day, to complete a full course.

Keynote speaker and Friday evening public lecture Luke — a very Jewish Gospel

Lecturer: Nicholas King SJ

People too easily assume that Luke is a Gentile (though they do not often give any evidence). This course will involve us reading as much as possible of Luke to test this assumption. We shall only have time to look at three groups of texts, but it will be perfectly acceptable for participants to draw our attention to other texts that might serve as counter-examples to the general thesis.

There will be three talks:
– Luke’s Picture Gallery
–Luke and Hospitality
–Jesus begins his (very Jewish) ministry

Course A: Spirit and Spirituality (Saturday or Sunday)

Lecturer: Mike Barnes SJ

What does the Holy Spirit ‘do’ for us? And how does our practise of prayer and liturgy and meditation enable us to respond to God’s invitation to enter deeply into the mystery of God’s inner life? The action of the Spirit is often confined to the area of extraordinary charismatic experience or turned into an open–ended and rather ill–defined theological background against which discernment of spirits takes place. This course of lectures will seek to place the role of the Holy Spirit within the life of the Trinity, both as the necessary complement to the action of the Word of God, and as a response to the crucially important question about how it is possible for anyone – whether Christian or non–Christian – to recognise and point to that which is beyond words and beyond form.

Course B: Love, Religion and God (Saturday or Sunday)

Lecturer: Fiona Ellis

I’ll be considering the nature of love, the different kinds of love (e.g. eros and agape), and the question of the relation between love and God. What are we to make of Feuerbach’s claim that it is more appropriate to say that love is God than that God is love? Or that we need a religion that involves love and goodness but not God (Iris Murdoch)? Or that the love into which we fall – eros – is irredeemably selfish and requires to be purified by agape – the love of God?

Course C: The Developing Church (Saturday only)

Lecturer: Mike Smith SJ

The Christian Church is actually thousands of years old – our community dates back to long before Jesus Christ was born. During the last sixty years especially there have been developments in the church and its work, so what we Christians are called to do nowadays is very different from our tasks even a hundred years ago – not only are there developments in the Church’s self–understanding but the world we are commissioned to care for is changing around us. In this course we’ll consider the Church as it has been developing and what we can see of its future.

Course D: A Life Story of Jesus Christ (Sunday only)

Lecturer: Mike Smith SJ

How much can we find out about what it was really like to meet Jesus Christ? Can we see him from the viewpoint of the people and religion of his time, and see his background and his way of life? And what did Jesus himself think he was doing?
The Gospels we have are neither history nor biography, but they contain a number of clues about Jesus and his life, and his relationships with his contemporaries. Coloured as they are by later developments in understanding, they still present a compelling picture of ‘what made him tick’. We can also gain some insights into what his followers might be doing nowadays.

For full details of all these courses, details of booking etc please visit the Living Theology at Llandudno website here Living Theology at Loreto Spirituality Centre