Liverpool Living Theology 2007
"A Summer School on Christian Faith"
Understanding your everyday faith”
Held on Monday, 23rd July - Friday 27th July
Michael Paul Gallagher SJ
"Culture: Faith's Friend or Foe?"
The afternoon presentations explored various aspects of the interaction between our contemporary context and the life of faith. Some used Power Point with images to visit the history of our modernity and postmodernity and to suggest skills to discern the influences around us. Other days tackled more theological themes, including some major thinkers about faith – from Aquinas to Newman to Cardinal Ratzinger. We also looked for signs of hope and emerging languages of faith in today’s Church.
Michael Paul Gallagher, an Irish Jesuit, lectured in English literature at University College Dublin for some twenty years. Since 1995 he has been professor of fundamental theology at the Gregorian University, Rome, where he became dean of the faculty of theology in 2005. He has published some ten books on spiritual or pastoral theology, including ‘Clashing Symbols: an introduction to faith and culture’ (revised edition, 2003).
(For the morning sessions participants chose one course from Series A
and one course from Series B.
All attended the afternoon Main Course)
"St Luke's Gospel"
with Ian Tomlinson SJ
Saint Luke is a great storyteller. We will look at some of his best known passages: the Infancy narratives; the Good Samaritan; the Prodigal Son; Martha and Mary; the Transfiguration; the healing of the Centurion’s Servant; Emmaus. We will also look at some of the main themes of Saint Luke’s theology. This year is the year of Luke in the lectionary readings
Ian Tomlinson SJ worked for many years in a busy north London parish. After that he was novice director of the British Province and then assistant to the Provincial. He is now director of Loyola Hall Spirituality Centre, Rainhill.
"Ignatian Spirituality and Daily Life"
with Sr Kate Stogdon RC
The ‘Spiritual Exercises’ of Ignatius of Loyola provide both a vision and tools for living out Christian discipleship amid the changing circumstances of modern existence. In this course we will consider the key elements to be found in Ignatian spirituality and how they may be integrated into our everyday life. Participants will be invited to keep a journal for the week in order to facilitate their learning.
Kate Stogdon is a Cenacle Sister. She is on the staff of the Ignatian Spirituality Course, based at the ‘London Centre for Spirituality’. She also teaches theology courses at ‘Education for Parish Service’, London and at Roehampton University. Kate attained her doctorate from The University of Manchester on the notion and practice of ‘self-surrender’.
"Right and Wrong"
with John Twist SJ
Details not advised.
"Fidelity without Fundamentalism"
with Gerard J Hughes SJ
How can a religion move from one culture to another and still keep faithful to a tradition? Fundamentalists have one far too simple answer to this question. In this course we will try to find a better approach and apply it to the understanding of biblical texts, ethics, religion and science, and interfaith dialogue.
Gerry J Hughes SJ lectures and teaches philosophy. He has written many articles and books on the Philosophy of Religion, Ethics and Ancient Philosophy. He has taught in the USA, Italy and Hong Kong. Formerly he was Chair of Philosophy and Vice-Principal of Heythrop College, University of London. Until recently he was Master of Campion Hall, Oxford
"St John's Gospel"
with Michael Smith SJ
This course is an introduction to Saint John’s Gospel. We will look at the background to the Gospel and consider some interesting passages. We will look at the presentation of Father, Son and Spirit in Saint John’s thought. His gospel is very different to the other gospels and adds a great deal to our understanding of our Christian faith and of the early Church. If you choose this course, please bring a copy of the New Testament.
Michael Smith SJ is director of the Southwell House Youth Project in London. He studied at Oxford University and Heythrop College, London University. Most of his life has been spent as a teacher. He is a former parish priest of St Mary of the Angels Church in Liverpool.
with Nick Baty and team
These sessions are designed to make us think about what constitutes good liturgy and how everyone involved – priests, readers, musicians, flower arrangers and church cleaners – is vital to the making of celebration. Some of the sessions will explore how these elements have developed throughout the centuries. Others will be more practical, helping us prepare for the liturgies which end each day of the Living Theology Summer School.
Nick Baty is a is a lecturer at Liverpool Community College and is music leader at Our Lady Immaculate Church, Everton. His working life has been divided between journalism and teaching music. He has worked on local and national newspapers and radio and was a researcher for BBC TV's Songs of Praise. In 2000 HarperCollins published his biography of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. Nick now lectures in journalism and is studying for a masters degree, specialising in contemporary liturgical music. In his spare time he composes music for the liturgy.
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