SPACE IN THE CITY
New Year 2019
The Annunciation: A Pilgrim’s Quest
Inspired by a chance viewing of a painting in the National Gallery, on loan from Winchester College, award-winning journalist and Winchester resident Mark Byford searches for the spiritual meaning of Luke’s biblical story of the Annunciation.
Wednesdays 23 & 30 January and 6 February, 12.30 – 1pm
at The United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester.
Mark Byford was Deputy Director-General of the BBC and head of BBC Journalism from 2004 to 2011. He chaired the BBC Journalism Board, with overall responsibility for the world’s largest news organisation’s radio, television and interactive journalism across the UK and around the world. He was a member of the BBC Executive Board for thirteen years. After leaving the BBC, Byford became a writer as well as focusing on voluntary and charitable work. His first book, A Name on a Wall, about an American soldier killed in the Vietnam War, was published in 2013. His second book, The Annunciation: A Pilgrim’s Quest, was published in April 2018. He is a Lay Canon and a member of the Chapter at Winchester Cathedral.
|23 January||The Journey Begins
Mark Byford explains how a chance encounter with François Lemoyne’s painting of The Annunciation led him to set out on a three-year pilgrimage of discovery, to understand the history of the eighteenth-century picture that came to Winchester College from Paris in 1729 and to learn more about Luke’s gospel passage that was the inspiration behind the image. One bishop tells him the Annunciation is ‘the most important event in human history’. If so, why has the status of the feast been lost in today’s world?
|30 January||The Meaning of the Meaning
For three years, Mark Byford listened to more than a hundred senior clerics from all Christian denominations, world-renowned theologians and art historians offer their own personal interpretations of Luke’s gospel story of the Annunciation. What did they tell him and what phrases resonated in particular?
|6 February||Seeing not Looking
For three years, Mark Byford traveled the length and breadth of the country, crossed the Continent and visited the Holy Land in search of the most famous and iconic images and artistic symbols of the Annunciation. From the earliest known image hidden in a catacomb in Rome to the great Renaissance paintings in Florence and Venice; from an Andy Warhol screen print and a Grayson Perry tapestry to unknown works from around the world, what images made the most impact and why?
Mark took questions after this talk
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|Loving God, calling your friends in new and unexpected ways,
choosing Mary from the powerless and unnoticed in the world,
yet greatly loved and cherished in your sight,
that she should be the mother of our saviour;
so fill us with your grace
that we too may accept the promptings of your spirit
and welcome your angel with glad and open arms.
|from “Annunciation prayer” by Jim Cotter|
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|May 2019:||Reflecting on The Lord’s Prayer with Angela Tilby, Brian Pickett, Peter Lippiett and Elizabeth Stuart.
1, 8, 15 & 22 May 2019, 12.30–1pm at St Lawrence Church in the Square, Winchester
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|Previous series of Space in the City|
|Autumn 2018:||Remembering War … Making Peace considering what has been said and done, painted and composed and written, that has been inspired by the experience of war and the hope of peace.|
|May 2018:||Holy Places: What is it that creates a sense of the holy in places as diverse as the city and the rural, within buildings or a community?|
|New Year 2018:||Three Reflections by The Very Rev’d Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester Cathedral.|
|Autumn 2017:||The Common Good – an idea whose time has come?|
|May 2017:||A Novel Approach – four novelists and writers speak on writing and faith.|
|February 2017:||Soul Matters – Brian Draper on “Soulfulness” and Patrick Woodhouse on “The practice of Faith in a Dismissive World”.|
|Autumn 2016:||Life Matters – five talks tackling issues around Faith, Life and Ethics.|
|May 2016:||The Food of Love – four talks exploring the love of music, seasoned by faith.|
|Jan-Feb 2016:||What we need to know about Syria but are too ashamed to ask – three talks on a topic many of us are only too aware we know too little about.|
|Autumn 2015:||Tell us the Old, Old Story – seven talks given by authoritative theologians, writers and preachers, exploring the interpretation of familiar passages of Biblical Narrative.|
|Spring 2015:||Unfolding Images – five talks exploring the point of intersection between Art and Spirituality.|
|Jan-Feb 2015:||Something Understood – four talks by Canon Jeremy Davies.|
|Autumn 2014:||The Seven ‘Deadly’ Virtues? – four talks addressing the question: are the virtues of Faith, Hope, Love, Prudence, Courage, Restraint and Justice something still worth striving for in this 21st century post-modern world of ours, or are they just too out-moded for words?|
|11 June 2014:||Beyond the Drift – Rev’d Canon Dr David Scott read works from his newly-published collection.|
|Spring 2014:||The Power of Poetry – illuminating the journey.|
|Jan-Feb 2014:||At the End of the Day – four talks by Canon David Winter.|
|Autumn 2013:||Engaging with God: Worship, Ways and Words.|
|May 2013:||A Spiritual Toolkit – five talks on tools that may assist us in our spiritual journeys.|
|Jan-Feb 2013:||If Jesus is the Answer, What is the Question? – four talks by Dr Jane Williams.|
|Autumn 2012:||Hope Beyond Loss. Six talks from eminent speakers who engaged with the subject of loss in a number of its guises – but recognising that beyond loss there is hope to be found.|
|May 2012:||Going for Gold: Spiritual Greats of the Twentieth Century. Four talks on great spiritual thinkers of the last century who ‘ran with endurance the race set before them’ (Hebrews 12.1).|
|Spring 2012:||Bishop Christopher Herbert: four talks on Perception, Belief and Ethics.|
|Autumn 2011:||400: The King James Bible – past, present and future.|
|May 2011:||The World as Gift?: four talks exploring our relationship with the world as a gift from God.|
|January 2011:||Pie in the Sky?: four talks by Dr Paula Gooder exploring the themes of Life, Death, Heaven and Hell in the Bible.|
|Autumn 2010:||Sanctuary: eight talks in which various speakers explored their differing experience and understandings of sanctuary.|
|Spring 2010:||Aspects of Alfred: Four talks by Rev’d Canon Dr David Scott.|
|Lent 2010:||Mammon’s Revenge: Four talks by Rt Rev’d Dr Peter Selby, formerly Bishop of Worcester.|
|Autumn 2009:||Prophets for our Time: Seven talks by different speakers.|
|Spring 2009:||Inspired: four reflections on the nature of Inspiration and Place.|
|January 2009:||The Audacity of Hope: four talks by Rev’d Dr Martyn Atkins.|
|Autumn 2008:||When I’m Sixty-Four … A Celebration of the Third Age!|
|Spring 2008:||What can Christianity do for you?|
|January 2008:||The Re-Enchantment of Morality: Wisdom for a Troubled World. Four talks by Bishop Richard Harries (Lord Harries of Pentregarth).|
|Autumn 2007:||Spirituality & …|
|May 2007:||After Anne Frank.|
|May 2006:||Josephine Butler and Sexual Law Reform (PDF text) by Ann Lewin.|
|Jan-Feb 2006:||Rev. Joel Edwards gave four talks under the general title “Respect”. The texts of his talks have been made available by the Evangelical Alliance.|
|New Year 2005:||Four talks by Bishop John Baker (formerly Bishop of Salisbury), “Between Faith and Doubt”: about God, about Jesus, about Good and Evil and about Life and Death. The text of those talks is available here.|
|2004:||Bishop John Baker gave a series of four talks on the Lord’s Prayer. The text of those talks is here.|
|Jan-Feb 1999:||Convictions: Here I Stand: a series of six talks by Archbishop Donald Coggan.|
|Lent 1998:||Four Settings of the Passion: a series of four talks by Dr Cyril Rodd.|
|Feb-Mar 1997:||Four for the Gospel Makers: a series of four talks by Bishop Simon Burrows.|
|January 1997:||A Brief Guide to the End of the World: a series of four talks by Rev’d Dr Colin Morris.|
|Autumn 1995:||Yes to God’s Earth: seven talks on the theme of Creation.|
Space in the City is an ecumenical venture organised by lay, licensed, ordained and associate members of Winchester’s city churches: St Bartholomew and St Lawrence with St Swithun-upon-Kingsgate, St Peter’s and the United Church.