SPACE IN THE CITY

WINCHESTER

Autumn 2016

Life Matters

A series of five talks tackling issues around
Faith, Life and Ethics

at The United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester, on Wednesdays at 12.30 – 1pm.
Refreshments available.  No entrance charge, but your donations are most welcome.

12 October Neil Messer
Ethics, Embryos and Others
The Rev’d Professor Dr Neil Messer completed his PhD in molecular biology in Cambridge before a call to ordained ministry in the United Reformed Church led him to study theology in Cambridge and at King’s College London. He served as a church minister before moving into theological teaching and research at Mansfield College, Oxford, the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, and the University of Wales, Lampeter. He came to Winchester in 2009 and was made Professor of Theology in 2011.
  • The talk was introduced by the Rev’d Amanda Goulding.  To listen again, click the ‘play’ button (white triangle).

    For copyright and download information, see below.
19 October Symon Hill
Sexual Identity
Symon Hill is a left-wing Christian activist and author. His latest book is The Upside-Down Bible: What Jesus really said about money, sex and violence (DLT, 2015). His views on sexuality have changed considerably over time; in 2011, he walked from Birmingham to London as a pilgrimage of repentance for his homophobia. He is now openly bisexual. He has recently taken up a job at the Peace Pledge Union (PPU) and was one of the founders of the No Pride in War campaign. He grew up in a working-class family in the Midlands and now lives in Oxford.
  • The talk was introduced by the Rev’d Amanda Goulding.  To listen again, click the ‘play’ button (white triangle).

    For copyright and download information, see below.
26 October Paul Hackwood
God and Violence
The Rev’d Canon Paul Hackwood has been a trustee of Church Urban Fund (CUF) since 2005 and took on the role of Executive chair in 2013. Before that he was the Archdeacon of Loughborough and a Canon Residentiary of Leicester cathedral. He has extensive practical experience of social justice issues from a faith perspective, having worked previously as Social Responsibility Adviser to the Bishop of St Albans and as Vicar of Thornbury in Bradford. During his time in Thornbury he established the Thornbury Centre, a Church-based multicultural community centre and social enterprise, and the Peaceworks initiative, working to bring people of different faiths together to develop mutual understanding. He is an Independent Member of West Yorkshire Police Authority and a Non-Executive of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Primary Care Trust.
  • The talk was introduced by the Rev’d Amanda Goulding.  To listen again, click the ‘play’ button (white triangle).

    For copyright and download information, see below.
  • In her concluding remarks, Amanda mentioned Paul’s blog on the Church Urban Fund web-site, specifically his article Father Jacques and opposing hate, written after Father Jacques Hamel was murdered on 26 July 2016.
2 November Debbie Thrower
New Faith in Later Life
A former journalist and broadcaster, Debbie Thrower is a Church of England Licensed Lay Minister and Anna Chaplain to Older People in Alton, Hampshire, where Anna Chaplaincy was first developed. She joined the staff of Bible Reading Fellowship in 2014 when she became Team Leader of The Gift of Years, a programme to resource the spiritual journey of older people. She is an honorary lay Canon and Chapter member of Winchester Cathedral. Her extensive media experience informs her approach to promoting the spiritual welfare of older people; using the narrative of people's lives to seek shape, meaning and purpose, and to foster hope and resilience.
  • The talk was introduced by the Rev’d Canon Peter Seal.  To listen again, click the ‘play’ button (white triangle).

    For copyright and download information, see below.
  • Debbie referred to the web site The Gift of Years.
  • Debbie has kindly provided a transcript of her talk, with references (PDF).
9 November Peter Speck
Ethical Issues in End-of-Life Care
The Rev’d Prebendary Peter Speck graduated with a first degree in biochemistry and zoology before studying for an MA in theology. His thesis focused on the theological aspects of visiting in times of illness. Following a position in Parish Ministry in North Wales and as chaplain in Sheffield, Peter became a Chaplain and Honorary Senior Lecturer (medical ethics) at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He was Trust Chaplaincy Team Leader for Southampton University NHS Trust until 2002. Currently he is Visiting Fellow (Faculty of Medicine) at Southampton University and Hon. Senior Lecturer, King’s College London (Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation). Peter has published widely in the field of palliative and spirital care and bereavement. He is a Fellow and Member of the Council of Palliative Care section of the Royal Society of Medicine. His research interests include belief systems and whether they influence outcomes in illness, with several peer reviewed papers published. Peter was awarded a doctorate of medicine in 2012.
  • The talk was introduced by the Rev’d Amanda Goulding.  To listen again, click the ‘play’ button (white triangle).

    For copyright and download information, see below.
  • Peter has kindly provided the notes for his talk (PDF).

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Events in Winchester
●  Christian Meditation on Tuesday evenings at St Paul’s Church.
Future series of Space in the City
February 2017:Soul Matters:  Four unmissable talks from two renowned speakers:
1st & 8th February – Brian Draper – Soulfulness
15th & 22nd February – Patrick Woodhouse – The Practice of Faith in a Dismissive world
Previous series of Space in the City
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 churchesSt Bartholomew and St Lawrence with St Swithun-upon-Kingsgate, St Peter’s and the United Church.


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