Early Summer 2024



Five talks on spiritual traditions that have shaped lives and religious practice over the centuries and how they still influence our flourishing today

at St Lawrence Church, The Square, Winchester

Wednesdays 17 April and 1, 8, 15, 22 May 2024
12.30 – 1pm
followed by questions

Admission free … … Donations are most welcome

The talks were ‘live-streamed’ on Zoom: recordings of the talks are in the list below.

17 April “I’m not religious, but I am spiritual, vicar”
The Rev’d Michael Jackson
Michael is a retired Anglican priest. He was Director of St John’s Winchester Charity for 26 years from 1987 and served as a non-stipendiary assistant priest in the parishes of Twyford, Owslebury, Morestead and Colden Common. After retirement from St John’s he was for a while House-for-Duty Vicar at Kirkby Malham in the Yorkshire Dales. He is a past Chairman of Age Concern Winchester and also a past Director of the Winchester Samaritans. For some years he served as a voluntary Mental Health Act Manager at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital and was Vice-Chairman of its hearings panel. For ten years he was Chairman of the Winchester Diocesan Council for Social Responsibility and a nominee on the Diocesan Synod. He is a member of Christians on Ageing, and has served on its national executive.
  • Michael Jackson’s talk was introduced by the Rev’d Amanda Goulding.  It was live-streamed on Zoom and recorded: you can view the Zoom recording here.
  • Michael has very kindly provided the text of his talk, which you can read here ( PDF).
  • © For copyright information, see below.
24 April no talk
1 May St Martin in the Fields – The Nazareth Community
The Rev’d Richard Carter
Richard swapped a life of simplicity with an Anglican religious order in the Solomon Islands for parish ministry in one of London’s busiest churches, St Martin-in-the-Fields. Recognising a need for monastic values in the centre of the city, he founded the Nazareth Community. Its members gather from everyday life to seek God in contemplation, to acknowledge their dependence on God’s grace and to learn to live openly and generously with all. The Nazareth Community’s daily life is rooted in the seven guiding principles: silence, service, scripture, sacrament, sharing, sabbath time and staying.
  • Throughout his talk, Richard Carter referred to the handout that was given to attendees, which you can read here ( PDF).
  • Richard’s talk was introduced by the Rev’d Amanda Goulding.  It was live-streamed on Zoom and recorded: you can view the Zoom recording here.
  • © For copyright information, see below.
8 May Soulful Nature
Brian Draper
Brian is a writer, author, speaker and broadcaster, and has been a regular presenter of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’ for many years. He is an experienced retreat guide, and leads seasonal walking retreats in Hampshire, from where he recently featured on Clare Balding’s ‘Ramblings’ programme on Radio 4.
His books include Soulfulness: Deepening the Mindful Life, Less is More: Spirituality for Busy Lives and Labyrinth: Illuminating the Inner Path. Most recently he has co-authored Soulful Nature: A Spiritual Field Guide with the botanist Howard Greene.
His Advent and Lent e-mail series have become much-loved with participants around the world. Elsewhere, he regularly writes for the band U2’s official website and for many years has worked with organisations to cultivate spiritual intelligence among leaders, especially using labyrinths.
  • Brian Draper’s talk was introduced by the Rev’d Amanda Goulding.  It was live-streamed on Zoom and recorded: you can view the Zoom recording here.
  • © For copyright information, see below.
15 May The Spiritual Legacy of St Benedict: an Anglican Cistercian reflects
The Rev’d Canon Dr Tom Clammer OC
Br Tom Clammer OC is an Anglican priest with Permission to Officiate in the dioceses of Salisbury and Gloucester. He held several parish appointments before spending seven years as Canon Precentor at Salisbury Cathedral. He retired in 2019 due to the onset of progressive Multiple Sclerosis, and now works freelance as a theological educator, liturgist, and spiritual director. He was admitted as a novice in the Anglican Order of Cistercians in 2019, and made his simple vows in January of this year.
  • Tom Clammer’s talk was introduced by the Rev’d Amanda Goulding.  It was live-streamed on Zoom and recorded: you can view the Zoom recording here.
  • © For copyright information, see below.
22 May Julian of Norwich: a spiritual response to the ecological crisis
Dr Claire Gilbert
Claire Gilbert is a writer, speaker and mentor who founded Westminster Abbey Institute for ethics in public life. She has written about Julian in relation to her cancer in Miles to Go Before I Sleep as well as a fictional autobiography I, Julian. Claire’s book of her doctoral thesis, Julian of Norwich and the Ecological Crisis, is to be published by Routledge in July.
  • Claire Gilbert referred in her talk to the handout that was given to attendees, with quotations from Julian of Norwich in the original Middle English. You can read it here ( PDF). Claire read the quotations in modern English.
  • Claire’s talk was introduced by the Rev’d Amanda Goulding.  It was live-streamed on Zoom and recorded: you can view the Zoom recording here.
  • © For copyright information, see below.

© Copyright of each recording and/or text belongs to the speaker.  The material is made available on-line, by kind permission of the speaker, for personal, non-commercial use only.  Note that speakers often depart from their pre-written scripts while speaking, so any script may not contain exactly what was said.

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Previous series of Space in the City
May 2023:Sacred Spaces:  four talks on ways that the arts enhance the sacred in a space.
October 2022:The Lamp Still Shines:  four talks on the state of health since Florence Nightingale.
May 2022:Orthodox Christianity:  four talks by the Rev’d Dr Andreas Andreopoulos.
May 2020:‘Sacred Space’ – cancelled due to Covid-19.
January 2020:The Problem of Sin:  three talks by Canon Angela Tilby.
Autumn 2019:Alone:  six contemporary experiences of solitude.
May 2019:Reflecting on The Lord’s Prayer.
January 2019:The Annunciation: A Pilgrim’s Quest:  three talks by Mark Byford.
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.

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