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God Created Humanism

Dr Theo Hobson looks at humanism and questions its secular credentials. In his book “God created humanism” he, in Rowan Williams’s words, “invites us to recognise that the core moral values of liberal modernity did not fall ready made from a secular heaven but or the deposit of a long theological tradition. But … he makes it clear that this is a challenge to contemporary religious complacency at least as much as to a smug and patronising secularity”.

We are very pleased to welcome Theo to Sherborne to help us explore the relationship between Christianity and the church on the one hand and the increasingly secular world around us.

Theo Hobson is a theologian and author who writes for both The Guardian and The Spectator.

We look forward to seeing you.

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The Chaplain’s Tale

Celebrating Women’s Priestly Ministry

Twenty five years ago this year the General Synod of the Church of England voted to allow the ordination of women to the priesthood. This decision changed the nature of the Church of England fundamentally by releasing the gifts and ministry of women within the priesthood of all believers.

Revd Preb. Angela Berners-Wilson

Angela Berners-Wilson was the first woman to be ordained to the priesthood in the Church of England. Presently the Rector of the Quantock Towers benefice she has for much of her ministry served as a University Chaplain first at Thames Polytechnic, the University of Bristol and most recently at Bath University.

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The Vicar’s Tale

Revd Nelva Moss 5th June 7.30pm

Celebrating Women’s Priestly Ministry

Twenty five years ago this year the General Synod of the Church of England voted to allow the ordination of women to the priesthood. This decision changed the nature of the Church of England fundamentally by releasing the gifts and ministry of women within the priesthood of all believers.

In 1989 Nelva was a stay-at-home mum anticipating a return to teaching. In 1990 she began training for ordination. Why and how did this happen? How was female ministry first greeted and experienced, by women and within the parishes? Did gender matter at all, and if so, in what way? And how does it seem now, as she looks back from the (relative) peace and calm of retirement?

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Here I Stand

Revd Guntars Reboks

We are delighted to welcome the Abbey’s very own Revd Guntars Reboks, himself a priest of the Latvian Lutheran Evangelical Church Overseas, to explore with us the contribution of Lutheranism to Global Church.

On the 31st of October 1517 a German monk and theologian named Martin Luther pinned a document to the door of the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg protesting against the abuse of indulgences in the teaching and practice of the Church of his day. Within just a few weeks, an obscure Augustinian monk in a backwater university town had become a household name and was the subject of chatter from Lisbon to Lithuania.

Luther could never have imagined the outcome of his protest and the church which arose from the heat of the dispute remains one of the strongest Protestant denominations with about 75 million members worldwide. Our own Church of England emerged from the same crucible fired with reforming zeal.

But what does Lutheranism bring to the global church in the 21st century? Where now stands the protestant in the wider context of the church? Come and find out.

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On this Rock

draperMgr Robert Draper, Vicar General of Plymouth RC Diocese, explores the place of the Roman Catholic church as part of global church in the 21st century.

Until 1517 the RC church was the church in the West and Catholicism still brings its own unique contribution to the wider church. In recent years the election of Pope Francis in 2013 has brought a sense of refreshment and renewal with ecumenical initiatives and reforms at the Vatican. Where does this leave the Roman Catholic church at the start of 2017?

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