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Norwich Centre for Christian Learning

Norwich Centre for Christian Learning

Norwich Centre for Christian Learning is an ecumenical initiative seeking to meet the learning needs of Christians in this area of East Anglia, by promoting and strengthening Christian learning.

 

Celtic Christianity: evangelical simplicity and deep spirituality, a study day led by Dr Ian Bradley (University of St Andrews, and author of books including Colonies of heaven: Celtic models for today’s church)

Saturday 6 June 10am-3pm, Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral Hostry, (followed by Evensong at 3.30pm - optional)

Cost: £15. Tea/coffee will be provided, but please make your own arrangements for lunch.

We are very excited to be welcoming to Norwich Cathedral Dr Ian Bradley, academic, Church of Scotland minister, journalist and broadcaster. His interests cover a range of related areas: hymnody, pilgrimage, liberal theology, the spirituality of water, and Scottish Spirituality.

Under the title of Celtic Christianity, Dr Bradley will lead us in considering areas including spirituality, worship, approach to church and mission, saints, or indeed whether there ever was such a thing as Celtic Christianity.

The day will end with Evensong (optional). Tea and coffee will be provided during the day, but please make your own arrangements for lunch.

Joint event with the Fursey Pilgrims.

Certificate in Christian Studies: In-depth option in subject area 5, Spirituality and Daily Living.

Programme to June 2015.

Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark

Saturday 28 March, 10am-12.30pm, in the Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral Hostry.

Cost: £10

Norwich Cathedral is delighted to welcome the Revd Kenneth Howcroft, President of the Methodist Conference 2014-2015, to lead a session for NCCL, as part of his visit to the Methodist Eastern Region. Ken has worked as an ecumenical officer and as a theological teacher. In his inaugural Presidential address he stressed the ‘desperate need’ for the Church to ‘speak biblically to serve the present age’.

Certificate in Christian Studies: In-depth option in subject area 2, New Testament

Which Bible translation is best?

Saturday 18 April, 1-4pm in the Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral Hostry

With Duncan Large (British Centre for Literary Translation, UEA)

Cost: £10

Which of the many English translations of the Bible can be considered the ‘best’, particularly for contemporary use? An afternoon with Dr Duncan Large who is Academic Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation in the UEA’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. We will look at passages using around 6 English translations and encourage people to understand issues around areas of consideration such as context, audience, purpose.

Certificate in Christian Studies: In-depth option in EITHER subject area 1, Old Testament, OR 2, New Testament

Jane Austen on Salvation: the theology of community

Thursday 23 April, 7-9pm, in Norwich Cathedral Library

Tutor: Dr Alain Wolf

Cost: £10

Recent adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels on film and television highlight the theme of romantic love, interpreting her narratives as love stories, and misrepresenting the Church of Austen’s day in terms more familiar to the later Victorian era. Instead, Alain Wolf will show how a recognition of the profound function of marriage as a model for benefiting the whole community can unlock Austen’s fundamental theme of how (or not) to achieve salvation.

Certificate in Christian Studies: In-depth option in subject areas 3 and 4, Church History and Doctrine.

Do miracles happen?

Saturday 25 April, 10am-12.30pm, in Norwich Cathedral Library

Tutor: Robin Myerscough

Cost: £10 (£2.50 for ‘A’ level students)

How should one approach the topic of miracles? This session hope to look at the biblical and philosophical issues surrounding this controversial topic, considering examples from biblical times to the present day.This may also be of interest to ‘A’ level students revising for Philosophy of Religion examinations.

Certificate in Christian Studies: In-depth option in subject area 5, Spirituality and Daily Living.

Suffering, Evil, and Christian Ministry: part 2

Saturday 16 May (see also 20 June), 9.30am - 4pm, Norwich Cathedral Library

Cost: £15 per day. Tea/coffee included, but please provide your own lunch.

Why does God let good people suffer? Or bad people for that matter? How can Christian ministers respond in a way that is theologically honest and pastorally sensitive? The three days are led by Charles Read and Charles Parsons. This second day will look at the classics answers:

Suffering Makes you Better! Irenaeus and the Valley of Soul Making

It’s your own fault! Augustine and Free Will

God’s not Fair! Dostoyevsky, Kierkegaard and Process Theology

Certificate in Christian Studies: In-depth option in subject area 5, Spirituality and Daily Living (for attending a single session); Special Subject Certificate for attending the whole course.

The Preacher King: the preaching of Martin Luther King, Jr. as modern prophecy

Saturday 13 June, 10am-12.30pm, in the Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral Hostry

Tutor: Dr Jack Lawson

Cost: £10

John Chrysostom once observed that it is a rare preacher who can move the masses without losing his soul. Certainly this can be said of King. But what made King Martin Luther King, Christian prophet, civil rights champion and martyr, was that King didn’t simply use biblical passages or rhetoric—rather, the Bible shaped both him and his ministry. His theology and preaching were ontological; they made him what he was. In this seminar we will use archive footage of King, as we listen and observe a style of preaching that was not unique to King, but was part of the cultural heritage of African-American Christianity, whose worship celebrates the sacredness of biblical story. We’ll travel with King from his beginnings as a pastor in Montgomery, Alabama (where he helped organise the famous bus boycott), to his final speech in Memphis, Tennessee where he was assassinated. And who knows, maybe our faith and preaching will be positively impacted? Please bring a Bible.

Certificate in Christian Studies: In-depth option in subject area 5, Spirituality and Daily Living.

Suffering, Evil, and Christian Ministry: part 3

Saturday 20 June, 9.30am - 4pm, Norwich Cathedral Library

Cost: £15 per day. Tea/coffee included, but please provide your own lunch.

This final day of three looks at other approaches to the question of why God allows suffering:

In the name of God, go! Pentecostal and charismatic approaches

Where is God? Protest theodicy and the holocaust

Only the suffering God can help

Certificate in Christian Studies: In-depth option in subject area 5, Spirituality and Daily Living (for attending a single session); Special Subject Certificate for attending the whole course.

Psurprising Psalms

Saturday 27 June, 10am-12.30pm, in Norwich Cathedral Library

Tutor: Dr Jack Lawson

Cost: £10

Thanks to countless hymns, sung evensong and The Book of Common Prayer, the Psalms are among the best known parts of Scripture. But surprisingly, to many—if not most—Christians (and some Jews), a fair number of the Psalms we read/sing in English are far from the Hebrew original, and in some cases, bear no resemblance whatsoever: “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (Ps. 29:2) and “For God alone my soul waits in silence” (Ps. 62:1), being just two examples. The fact is that the Psalms are among some of the most difficult parts of Hebrew Scripture to translate. So if you’re interested at having a look behind the English translations and trying your hand at rendering a more accurate translation of ‘familiar’ Psalms, then this is the seminar for you. I will provide all of the materials you will need. All you need bring is your curiosity and a Bible.

Certificate in Christian Studies: In-depth option in subject area 1, Old Testament.

About us

The NCCL is a non-profit organisation which seeks only to cover its running costs. Thus, course fees are individually based on necessary expenses. High-quality learning opportunities on a range of topics are offered as evening, half-day or day-long sessions in Norwich Cathedral Library, or in the Hostry Visitor and Education Centre.

For further information, please contact Julia Jones on 01603 218448

Norwich Centre for Christian Learning Steering Group

 

What's On

July '15

Prayer shawl knitting group
Portraits of composers and organists

September '15

Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Angels and the Fourth Lateran Council
Reading spiritual classics: a history of Christian spirituality through texts

October '15

The benefits of Christian journalling
Transforming time: eschatology and the New Testament
A look at literary form in the Bible: products of their age
Transforming time: eschatology and the New Testament
Veganism: practice, ethics and challenges