at the United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester
Wednesdays 12:30 – 13:00
Four talks exploring the themes of Life, Death, Heaven and Hell in the Bible
by Dr Paula Gooder (Canon Theologian, Birmingham Cathedral).
21st century Britain seems to have succeeded in overcoming most taboos, to the extent that money and sex have become subjects for even the most casual of conversations. There is one taboo, however, that remains: death and what happens after death is something we rarely discuss. This series of talks will explore what the Bible says about death and what happens to us after we die as a means of opening up questions about life beyond the grave.
Wednesdays at 12:30
† Copyright of each recording belongs to Dr Gooder. Recordings are made available here, by kind permission of Dr Gooder, for personal, non-commercial use only. Dr Gooder has not provided scripts for her talks, as she did not use scripts but used rough notes only.
|Lord of eternity,
whose power is infinite,
whose days are without number,
and whose mercy is beyond our fathoming;
keep our faces turned always towards you,
so that, each day, we remember that life is your gift
and the hour of death is unknown.
When finally we meet you, face to face,
transform us in the fire of your love,
and receive us into your eternal kingdom.
|from Angela Ashwin – Book of 1,000 Prayers
(Marshall Pickering, 1996)
Dr Paula Gooder is a freelance writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. Although her research areas are the writings of Paul the Apostle, New Testament Interpretation and the development of Ministry in the New Testament Period, she enjoys exploring the whole Bible. She is Canon Theologian of Birmingham Cathedral, Visiting Lecturer at Kings College, London, Associate Lecturer at St Mellitus College, London, an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and Senior Research Scholar at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham. She is a Reader in the Church of England and a member of General Synod. Those of us who were privileged to hear her deliver the Lent Lectures in Winchester in 2009 will agree with other critics who hail her as ‘one of the most lucid, engaging and stimulating teachers I have encountered’ (The Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Croydon). ‘Both clergy and laity immediately respond to Paula’s infectious enthusiasm, considerable scholarship and skill’ (The Venerable Sheila Watson, Archdeacon of Canterbury).
Dr Gooder’s recent publications include:
• A Way Through the Wilderness: Experiencing God’s Help in Times of Crisis (Church House Publishing);
• The Pentateuch: A Story of Beginnings (T&T Clark);
• Hosea to Micah: A Bible Commentary for Every Day (The People’s Bible Commentary);
• Searching for Meaning: An Introduction to Interpreting the New Testament (SPCK);
• The Meaning Is in the Waiting: The Spirit of Advent (SCM);
• Lentwise: Spiritual Essentials for Real Life (Church House Publishing);
• This Risen Existence: The Spirit of Easter (SCM).
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Space in the City is an ecumenical venture organised by lay, licensed, ordained and associate members of Winchester’s city churches: St Bartholomew’s, St Lawrence with St Swithun-upon-Kingsgate, St Peter’s and the United Church.
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