Seminars & workshops

We are able to provide seminars, workshops and lectures on a variety of subjects. On this page you will find titles and outlines of seminars. Most of these can be adjusted to different lengths and with differing degrees of participation from attendees, although we always prefer interaction over straight lecture style where possible (unless numbers of attendees make this prohibitive for some reason). More seminars will be added gradually so do check back if we don't yet have something that meets your needs - or contact us and let us know what you would like and we will see if we can help.

  • "Preparing to reach out and relate to those around us"
    Seeks to understand how worldview and culture affect us. Examines aspects of contemporary worldviews and culture and considers how we might relate to that from a Christian perspective. This can be compacted into one session or is available in 3 sessions - 1. Taking a look at worldview and culture, 2. The universe, the self and community, 3. Truth, Authority, Values.

  • "Exploring Prayer"
    An opportunity to find out about, discuss and experience different ways of praying, including Lectio Divina, Contemplative Prayer, the "A.C.T.S." model, Celtic prayer, etc.
  • "Empowered for What?"
    The Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts. A Comparison of Jesus' and the disciples' Spirit-empowerment that aims to explore the possible implications for us today. What does the Spirit empower us to do?
  • "Luke & Paul's views of the Spirit"
    A comparison between the view of the Spirit presented in Luke-Acts with that found in Pauline material. We consider the implications for their similarities and differences. 
  • "Ethics as Imitation of Christ?"
    A look at various ethical models and how they might find their centre in Christ.
  • "An Introduction to Reading Methods"
    A relatively basic look at various academic reading methods such as redaction and canonical criticism, along with other approaches (e.g. Ignatian, Reader-Response). The methods are applied to selected texts to highlight the particular contributions that each may bring to our reading. We also consider the relative merits and pitfalls of each method. 
  • "Reading the Bible using the Imagination"
    How might we engage our imagination productively when reading Scripture? How do the writers of Scripture use their imagination and might this help us understand how we might do so in doing theology today?
  • "The Role of Experience and Community in Bible Reading"
    How might our experience play a positive/negative part in our reading? What contribution does our local community or the wider community bring to our reading?
  • "Exploring Authority"
    What is authority? What functions as our authority for theology and biblical interpretation? Why? What problems/advantages are there with the various approaches?