Individuality, community and unity
NCCL Summer School, Thursday 18 to Friday 19 July 2019,
at Belsey Bridge Conference Centre
Details of sessions
Professor Brian Thorne: On Becoming a Person in Community
Understanding personhood, individual development and exploring the importance of these concepts in the creation of community. The presentation will draw on person-centred psychology and key theological issues.
Brian Thorne is a co-founder of the Norwich Centre and Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of East Anglia. He is the author or editor of 19 books. He is also a Lay Canon of Norwich Cathedral, and co-founder there of Silence in the Cathedral.
The Revd Dr Liviu Barbu: Communion and otherness in creation and in the Church
The paper will take hints from the Trinitarian theology on communion and otherness, the life and writings of early Christians and the worship of the early Church in an attempt to formulate a coherent account of how unity and diversity play out in creation in general and in the Church in particular. In order to further illustrate the above, the paper will focus on the unifying role of the figure of a saintly, charismatic, spiritual guide.
Liviu Barbu is an Orthodox priest, Rector of Martyr Philothea and Saint Bede Parish in Norwich. He has lectured and published on pastoral theology, in particular spiritual direction and formation. He is currently Chaplain to Norfolk County Council.
The Revd Charles Read: Biblical perspectives on unity
We will look at the New Testament basis for seeking unity but will focus on how the New Testament church was itself diverse and how held together while containing significant diversity.
Charles Read was a secondary school teacher before becoming Lecturer in Liturgy and Docrtine at St John's College Durham. He is currently Director of Liturgy for the Eastern Region Ministry Course, and Director of Reader Training for the Diocese of Norwich. He is Associate Priest at St Catherine’s Mile Cross, Norwich.
Mary Green: The Wisdom and cry of nature uniting our humanity
Ancient cultures linked the earth to both wisdom and to the soul and now ecologists and scientists are finding infinite examples of how the cyclic nature and sounds of the earth and the interconnectedness of its plants, animals and bio-culture is integrated and intrinsically supports the wellbeing and vitality of our human bodies. Wisdom is generally recognised as the feminine energy that is within us all, and is an inclusive language and experience that can meaningfully reach every corner of our humanity’s diversity. How does wisdom, especially as we understand it in Christianity work with this ground swell of knowledge?
Mary Green has trained and worked as a children’s nurse and psychotherapist. She is a founding Director of ‘Roots for Life’ (Norfolk), involved in community-based conservation work overseas. She has been a member of the Cathedral Community for 20 years, and is co-founder of Silence in the Cathedral.
The Revd Alaric Lewis: Spirituality of ecumenism
Familiarising ourselves with the good work of theologians and groups such as ARCIC, various themes emerge – especially in relation to baptism and Eucharist but also other areas such as ministry and healing. These themes then become the basis for a spiritual reflection in which people are led through an understanding of “listening to their lives” and discerning where – both in individual stories and in the stories of Christian communities – these elements make themselves manifest. These stories give flesh to the more “doctrinal” (for lack of a better word) elements of ecumenical dialogue; they are informed “from above” but the root of the experience is personal. Then, having discerned these stories, grassroots programmes of Christian cooperation can be more readily connected; ecumenical ideals and the experiences of those of us who promote them begin to be seen as a piece. It becomes a way to take ownership of ecumenism because we have seen facets of it in our daily lives.
Alaric Lewis, formerly a Roman Catholic priest, is now a priest in the Church of England and serves as Rector of the Benefice of Colegate and Tombland in Norwich as well as The Diocesan Officer for Vocations Outreach for the Diocese of Norwich. He is also a writer, and has published several books on healing.