A non-residential Summer School
in Catholic Theology
Monday 19th – Friday 23rd July 2010
St Catharine’s Convent
Edinburgh EH3 9HH
Living Theology is a summer school in Catholic theology which
has been organised for many years in various parts of Britain
by British Jesuits and their collaborators. The tenth consecutive
non-residential Edinburgh Living Theology will be held in
St Catharine’s Convent, 4 Lauriston Gardens, Edinburgh, from
Monday 19th July to Friday 23rd July.
In the morning participants choose two from a list of optional
courses to enable them to pursue special interests in small
groups. In the afternoon all follow the Core Course on a central
topic of Catholic thought, which this year will be given by James Crampsey SJ on The Enigma of the Gospel of John.
Participants are invited to bring a packed lunch each day, and
soup and coffee are provided. The Eucharist is celebrated
daily. Participants sign on to attend the full five-day programme
from Monday to Friday, and cannot be accepted for
only part of each day or part of the week. Early application is
advisable in order to secure membership of the optional
courses of one’s choice. Extra application forms can be downloaded from the Lauriston Jesuit Centre website http://www.lauriston.org.uk
09.15 Morning Prayer (optional)
09.30 Arrivals &
10.00 – 11.15 Series A Courses
11.15 – 11.45 Coffee
11.45 – 13.00 Series B Courses
13.00 – 14.15 Lunch break
14.15 – 15.30 Core Course
15.45 – 16.30 Mass followed by Tea and departures.
(Monday – Friday 2.15 p.m.)
The Enigma of the Gospel of John
James Crampsey SJ
The course will help people to develop a sense
of the richness and diversity of the Gospel of
John. This Fourth Gospel has a voice that is
somewhat different to the Synoptic Gospels?
What kind of community situation does it
reflect and how is the community’s belief in
Christ formulated? Is it a gospel for all or a
gospel for those who understand the coded
language? Is this the faith document of a
community at odds with Judaism and also
with other forms of early Christianity?
James Crampsey lectured in Biblical Studies at
Heythrop College for twelve years after which
he became Provincial of the British Jesuits for
six years. Since the turn of the millennium, he
has been a parish priest, working first in the
multi-faith and multi-ethnic context of Southall
in West London, and is now in his first year at
the Sacred Heart, Lauriston.
(Participants attend one Series A Course and one Series B Course)
SERIES A COURSES
(Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 11.15 a.m.)
A1 The Meaning of Suffering : Max Scheler
Peter Gallagher SJ
The German phenomenologist, Max Scheler 1874-1928, sometimes
nicknamed ‘the Catholic Nietzsche’, developed an influential theory
about the meaning of suffering. Respectfully, he rejected both Buddhist
and Stoic suggestions about how to endure pain or ways of thinking the
worst things out of existence. He argued for an attitude of acceptance.
He tried to enlarge the concept of happiness and gratitude to include a
coping with the unendurable. This course will analyse critically the
case made by Scheler. It will take note of echoes of his views which
can be caught in John Paul II Salvifici doloris 1984 and in passages in
the writings of Benedict XVI about love.
Peter Gallagher is a member of the Society of Jesus who studied
philosophy in France before gaining his doctorate at King’s College,
University of London. He teaches the history of philosophy at Heythrop
College, University of London.
A2 The New Missal: the Challenge
The Revised Roman Missal – an examination of the new Roman Missal
in advance of its implementation, with regard to opportunities for
improved celebration, with an examination of the General Instruction;
challenges for musicians in resetting music; challenges for presiders and
for congregations in learning new responses and prayers. Looking at a
need for catechesis on the Mass so that this once in a generation
opportunity is not lost.
Monsignor Michael Regan is a priest of the archdiocese of St Andrews
and Edinburgh who studied at the University of Stirling, the Institut
Catholique in Paris and the University of Paris IV the Sorbonne. He is a
former Vice-Rector and Lecturer in Liturgy and Sacramental Theology
at the national seminary, Scotus College, and is a member of the
Advisory Committee of the International Commission on English in the
Liturgy. He is now administrator of St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral in
A3 The Icon and the Book
This course will explore the spiritual element in Russian history through
its language, icons and literature. Particular emphasis will be placed on
the rich contribution made by such great 19th century novelists as Leo
Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky to the development of Christian
thought and the promotion of Christianity against a background shaped
by the late 18th century nlightenment and the later emergence of
Marxism as a political creed. The exploration will extend to the 20th
century to include the significance in Christian terms of Boris
Pasternak’s highly acclaimed novel, Dr Zhivago.
Dairmid Gunn is a vice president of the Scotland-Russia Forum, a
charitable organisation dedicated to improving understanding between
the two countries through cultural exchanges and contacts of all kinds
on a non political basis. In his career in the Royal Navy he served as a
naval attaché in the British Embassy in Moscow in the 1960’s. He is a
fluent Russian speaker.
SERIES B COURSES
(Monday – Friday, 11.45 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
B1 The Tasks of Life: Teachings about How to Live
John McDade SJ
At some point in life, you begin to realize that the world doesn’t owe you
a living: events go against us, and time doesn’t make things better; there
seems to be a very impersonal shape to life, in which what is good for
human beings is not a high priority in the way things unfold. What sense
can we make of this, specially if our faith teaches us about the goodness
of God and his providence? This course will be philosophical and
practical: it will look at ways in which important thinkers have taught us
how we are to think about our condition, how we are to understand
providence and about how we should live out our responsibilities with
faith and a clear mind.
John McDade is a member of the Society of Jesus who gained his
doctorate in theology at New College, University of Edinburgh. He is
Principal of Heythrop College, University of London, where he also
lectures in systematic theology. He is Vice-President of the Catholic
Theological Association of Great Britain.
B2 The Dignity of Difference
Sister Isabel Smyth SND
“We need to search…. for a way of living with, and acknowledging the
integrity of those who are not of our faith. Can we make space for
difference? Can we hear the voice of God in a language, a sensibility, a
culture not our own? Can we see the presence of God in the face of a
stranger?” (Jonathan Sacks, The Dignity of Difference p.5)
This course will explore the development of inter religious dialogue and
our relationship with people of ‘other’ faiths. Beginning with the two
Vatican Documents ‘Nostra Aetate’ and ‘Dialogue and Proclamation’
the course will reflect on the purpose and conditions for inter religious
dialogue, its challenges and possibilities as well as its potential for
enriching our social and personal lives.
Sister Isabel Smyth has long experience of inter faith work. At present she
is an honorary lecturer in the Centre for Inter Faith Studies at Glasgow
University, Secretary to the Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Inter
Religious Dialogue and chair of the West of Scotland branch of the
Council of Christians and Jews.
B3 Michelangelo: Body and Soul
Gero McLoughlin SJ
Michelangelo used the human form, frequently the male nude, to express intense emotionality. Is that all he saw in the human form? Do some of
his works suggest a profounder intent in his attention to the human body?
This course will examine how, in his art and his writing, Michelangelo
sought to express the transcendent dimension of human experience.
Gero McLoughlin has worked for more than 15 years in Jesuit
spirituality centres and has devoted the last 12 years to developing and
running training courses in Ignatian spirituality in the west of Scotland,
Edinburgh, Perth and Aberdeen. He is also the Jesuit Province
Promoter of Ignatian spirituality, assisting people working outside
institutional settings to develop their work in spirituality.
The fee for the complete five-day course is £100. Cheques should be
made payable to “Edinburgh Living Theology” and sent with forms to
28 Lauriston Street
Ten bursaries are available for students and young adults (under 25),
reducing the cost to £25. There are also some concessionary reductions
available for persons on low incomes.
The Conference Location
Edinburgh Living Theology is being held again this year in co-operation
with the Religious Sisters of Mercy in their Edinburgh Mercy Centre, St
Catharine’s Convent, 4 Lauriston Gardens, which is devoted to the
Homeless Project and other characteristic works of mercy organised by
The convent is within a short taxi ride from Waverley and Haymarket
railway stations, and fifteen minutes walk from Haymarket. Bus routes
23, 27, 28, 37 and 45 from The Mound at Prince’s Street pass the Convent
along Lauriston Place opposite the new Novotel.
Car parking is difficult in Edinburgh and wardens are notoriously vigilant.
There is a public car park nearby, with a day charge in the region
The programme is designed to be non-residential. However, some rooms
with full board are available in St Catharine’s Convent, and a few selfcatering
single, double and treble rooms are available in McAuley
House, in the Convent grounds. Early application is advisable to Sister
Aelred RSM, St Catharine’s Convent, 4 Lauriston Gardens, Edinburgh
EH3 9HH (tel 0131 229 2659). Car park space is available, only for
residents, by previous arrangement.
En suite bed and breakfast accommodation is now available about
twelve minutes walk away at the archdiocesan Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn
Road, Edinburgh EH9 1BB, by contacting the Manager, Mrs
Anthea Donaghue (tel 0131 623 8933). Two new hotels, Novotel (tel
0131 656 3500) and a more budget-style Premier Lodge (tel 0870 990
6610), have recently opened in Lauriston Place, facing the convent.
Further information on local accommodation is obtainable from Edinburgh
Tourist Information Centre, 3 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2. Tel
0990 992244; http://www.edinburgh.org/accommodation/