SPACE IN THE CITY
Remembering War … Making Peace
Our speakers this series will consider what has been said and done;
Wednesdays 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 October and 7 November 2018, 12.30 – 1pm
at The United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester
Refreshments available. No entrance charge, but your donations are most welcome.
|3 October||The war poetry of ‘Woodbine Willie’
The Rev’d Michael Jackson 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 Bishop’s nominee on the Diocesan Synod. He is a member of Christians on Ageing, and has served on its national executive.
|10 October||What ho, Giotto! Stanley Spencer at Sandham Memorial Chapel
with Jane Jones of the National Trust
Sandham Memorial chapel has been described as a hidden gem in the Hampshire countryside, reflecting as it does one man’s experience of the First World War. This austere but classic 1920s building belies the incredibly powerful images within, painted by one of the most important twentieth century artists: Sir Stanley Spencer. Spencer began work on this ambitious project in 1926 and completed what he called his ‘Holy Box’ in 1932. We welcome Mike Gowlett, Volunteer at Sandham Memorial Chapel, who will tell the story.
|17 October||War Torn Musicians
British conductor Christopher Seaman has an international reputation for inspirational music-making. His diverse musical interests are reflected in his range of repertoire and he is particularly known for his interpretations of early 20th Century English music, Bruckner, Brahms and Sibelius. Christopher has had a long and distinguished career in the US as well as in Australia, Italy and the UK. In May 2009 the University of Rochester, USA, made Christopher an Honorary Doctor of Music acknowledging his outstanding leadership as conductor, recording artist, teacher and community arts partner. In 2013 the University published his first book, Inside Conducting, illustrating Christopher’s wealth of experience as a conductor and a teacher. The book was chosen by both The Financial Times and Classical Music magazine as one of their books of 2013; while The Spectator wrote that it “demystifies the art and the figure of the conductor”.
|24 October||Global peacemaking – the struggle goes on
Pat Gaffney has been General Secretary of Pax Christi, the International Catholic peace movement, since 1990. Prior to this, Pat was the Schools and Youth Education Officer for the Catholic Aid Agency CAFOD and before this a teacher. Pat is a tireless worker for non-violent solutions to conflict. Her work has taken her to East Timor, Russia and Israel and Palestine but she is currently campaigning on Drone warfare and attempting to engage the Church in critical thinking on the morality of drones. Pat has been arrested 11 times and jailed three times for her efforts but in spite of that, she was named in the Independent on Sunday Happy List 2012 (in contrast to the Sunday Times “Rich List”) of people who make useful contributions to society.
|31 October||The Community of the Cross of Nails, Coventry Cathedral
The Rev’d Canon Dr Sarah Hills is the Canon for Reconciliation Ministry at Coventry Cathedral. Born in South Africa, brought up in Northern Ireland, she moved to Sheffield in the mid 1980s. She qualified in medicine and worked as a psychiatrist, specialising in psychotherapy. She was ordained in 2007, and has most recently held the post of the Bishop of Sheffield’s Adviser in Pastoral Care and Reconciliation. Sarah’s work at Coventry is also in Reconciliation, with the Community of the Cross of Nails, involving both training and direct intervention within the UK and internationally. She attained her PhD in the theology of reconciliation at Durham University, and is a Visiting Fellow of St John’s College, Durham. She is married to Richard, a GP, and they have two teenage sons, Matt and Jack, and a Labrador, Roxy. Her other passions include music, hiking and sailing.
|7 November||We cannot say we didn’t know: Reporting War and Peace
For over 45 years Mike Wooldridge reported on some of the world’s biggest news stories for the BBC. His career started in 1965 on the Lowestoft Journal and following a stint with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) he joined the BBC World Service. As Religious Affairs correspondent during the 1990s he found himself reporting first hand on the likes of Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama and the centenarian Hopi Indian chief, Dan Evehema. He says that the single most memorable moment of his career was to be reporting the release of Nelson Mandela from prison after 27 years – live – outside the prison gates. Mike became the South Asia correspondent based in Delhi in 1996 and some five years later, based in London, was a world affairs correspondent. At that time he reported on the war in Afghanistan, writing, “when we made a programme on the return of music to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban (2001) it felt as if we were witnessing the revival of the nation's soul.” Mike Wooldridge joined the Board of Trustees of BBC Media Action in July 2015.
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|Future series of Space in the City|
|New Year 2019:||The Annunciation – aspects of Mary: three talks by Mark Byford: 23, 30 January and 6 February at the United Church, Jewry Street.|
|Previous series of Space in the City|
|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.