Missional Theology in a Secular Age

Open Lecture

Drawing on the work of Charles Taylor

All are welcome to this as part of the St Hild Missional Theology in Global Context Module.

Hosted by the College of the Resurrection and St Hild College in partnership with the Mirfield Centre.

Wednesday 11th March 2020


The Revd Dr Tony Carroll

This lecture is free but booking is advised.

Joint Lecture 11.03.2020

Artist in Residence Exhibition of work by Michael Cook

The exhibition will include; past work which illustrates various media, influences and the development of themes; an ongoing project centred around questions from the gospels; work created during his Residency on the theme of ‘The Raising of Lazarus’ and excerpts from a journal during Michael’s time with the Community.

Exhibition times: 10.00am-12.30pm, 2.00pm-5.45pm and

7.30pm-8.30pm Refreshments will be available

This event is free,

please let us know if you will be attending.

01924 483346




Preaching, Praying, and Pondering Matthew’s Gospel

This Matthew study day will take a wide-angle lens approach by presenting some background information which informs the reading of individual passages.

We will devote particular attention to the evangelist’s carefully worked-out over-all structure, to the Sermon on the Mount (perhaps Matthew’s “greatest hit”), and to contemporary interpretation of the evangelist’s primary concerns. Each session will provide informational hand-outs and include time for questions.

Saturday 23rd November 2019

Bonnie Thurston


£23.00 includes lunch and refreshments

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Matthew Poster 23.11.2019

What would Jesus Post?

A Biblical approach to online interaction

If Jesus had access to the internet what would he post? And, as importantly, what wouldn’t he post? David talks about his invaluable book and asks intriguing questions of those of us who engage with the internet.

Which biblical principles inform its use? How might Christians steward their online presence? What does it mean to follow Jesus in this critical area of our lives?

Wednesday 13th November 2019


Revd David Robertson

£9.00 includes refreshments

What would Jesus Post 13.11.2019


Ancient and Modern Insights into Human Flourishing

This day will explore religious and non-religious understandings of human flourishing. Through bringing into conversation different approaches to the search for happiness, the speakers will uncover a range of both ancient and modern insights that have animated and guided this most basic of human quests to live a fulfilled life. There will be opportunity for participants to discuss issues raised by the speakers, concluding with a round table discussion.

Chaired by Em. Prof. Richard Norman and Fr Tony Carroll

Speakers: Prof. Nicholas Adams, Fr George Guiver CR, Prof. Suzanne Stern-Gillet, Prof. Raymond Tallis

 Monday 3rd June 2019

10.00am-5.00pm (including light lunch & refreshments) £23.00

To book or for more details, contact:

Beth Harper, The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Tel: 01924 481920 e-mail: bharper@mirfield.org.uk www.mirfield.org.uk

Administrator: Beth Harper

Human Flourishing Flyer 03.06.2019

Human Flourishing Poster 03.06.2019

Quiet Garden Day

Our September Quiet Garden Day will be a celebration of the fullness and abundance of God as the long season of Ordinary Time, whose liturgical colour is green, draws to a close.  As colours change and summer gives way to autumn, this day is an invitation to reflect on the way God works in us through every season of our lives.  The 13th century abbess, Hildegard of Bingen, gave us the word ‘veriditas’ for the ‘greening power of God.’   There are alway parts of our life where something is beginning, something is flourishing, something coming to an end.  Wherever you feel you are in this cycle of life, you are invited to come and spend some time in this quiet place of prayer, immersed in the beauty and vitality of God, whose love for you and the world is forever green.


Saturday 28th September 2019

Led by Barbara Clarke, Associate CR


(including lunch and refreshments)


QGD 28.09.2019


Exploring Spirituality: A Quiet Day drawing on the writings of Evelyn Underhill, an early 20th century mystic and theologian

As a spiritual leader and mystic in the early twentieth century, Evelyn wrote over 40 books to help people build a spiritual relationship with God. Prayer and spiritual reflection were the cornerstone of her work. Believing that prayer was the opening up of the human heart to God, nourishing each individual’s true being and allowing one to more dwell in that Being in whom one lives and moves.

This day will use the prayers and guidance of Evelyn Underhill providing the space for reflecting on and engaging prayer life and engaging in prayer.

Friday June 14th 2019

The Revd Prof Jessica Malay


£22.00 including lunch and refreshments

Evelyn Underhill poster 14.06.2019

Evelyn Underhill flyer

The Interior Castle: Exploring the 7 Dwelling Places of Prayer

A retreat day exploring the seven dwelling places of prayer in St Teresa of Avila’s pioneering work.

The day will include presentation, images, music, discussion, stillness and prayer.

Thursday 9th May 2019


Donna Worthington, Retreat Leader

£25.00 including lunch

To book or for more details, contact:

Beth Harper, The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Tel: 01924 481920 e-mail: bharper@mirfield.org.uk www.mirfield.org.uk

Administrator: Beth Harper

Interior Castle Flyer 09.05.2019

Interior Castle Poster 09.05.2019

Sacrifice and Salvation: A Quiet Day in preparation for Eastertide

Sacrifice is no longer part of our world; we find the whole idea alien and repulsive but it is fundamental to the human imagination; to the relationship between earth and heaven, between humanity and the divine. A concept woven into our worship, hymns, liturgies, and prayers, especially as we approach Good Friday and Easter. Without it, the Christian gospel of salvation is lost.. How does it help us to understand the historical fact that lies at the heart of the Christian faith, the cross of Christ? And how might it enrich our understanding of the person of Christ and the work of salvation?

Friday April 12th 2019


Revd Canon Dr Loveday Alexander

£22.00 including lunch

To book or for more details, contact:

Beth Harper, The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Tel: 01924 481920 e-mail: bharper@mirfield.org.uk www.mirfield.org.uk

Administrator: Beth Harper

Poster Sacrifice and Salvation 12.04.2019


Churches in a Pluralist World: The Theological Legacy of John Neville Figgis CR (1866-1919)

Brilliant historian, political philosopher and theologian, J. N. Figgis CR was one of the great minds of the early twentieth century.

He was also a lovable if slightly eccentric priest whose own scepticism helped him to understand the problems that other people had with belief, but whose sense of the absolute priority of God and the love of God lent rare power to his writing and preaching. Although Figgis died before the worst manifestations of twentieth-century totalitarianism, he was implacably opposed to all forms of absolutism.  He favoured a broadly distributist and bottom-up view of authority that respects the integrity of individuals and of the communities and institutions that make up civil society, including the Church. Figgis is a prophet of modern pluralism.

Academic Speakers: Paul Avis, William Cavanaugh (USA), Mark Chapman, Elaine Graham, Andrew Grosso (USA), Jeremy Morris, Ephraim Radner (Canada), Peter Sedgwick, Stephen Spencer

The conference starts with tea at 4 pm on Tuesday 2nd April and ends with lunch at 1 pm on Thursday 4th April 2019.

 Residential prices starting from £185.00

Day delegate rates available on application

Neville Figgis brochure

Neville Figgis poster


Speaker Biographies:

Paul Avis is honorary professor in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Durham and honorary research fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Exeter, UK. He was General Secretary of the Church of England’s Council for Christian Unity (1998-2011), Theological Consultant to the Anglican Communion Office (2011-12), Chaplain to HM Queen Elizabeth II (2008-17) and consecutively Prebendary, Sub-Dean and Canon Theologian of Exeter Cathedral. He is a member of the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order. Paul is the Editor-in-Chief of Ecclesiology and the editor of Brill’s series Anglican-Episcopal Theology and History. He is the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Ecclesiology (2018) and jointly with Benjamin M. Guyer of The Lambeth Conference: Theology, History, Polity and Purpose (2017). Recent books include In Search of Authority: Anglican Theological Method from the Reformation to the Enlightenment (2014); Becoming a Bishop: A Handbook of Episcopal Ministry (2015); and The Vocation of Anglicanism (2016), all Bloomsbury T&T Clark.

William T. Cavanaugh is Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University in Chicago. He is the co-editor of the journal Modern Theology. He is the author of seven books, and editor of four more. His books include Torture and Eucharist (Blackwell, 1998), The Myth of Religious Violence (Oxford U.P., 2009), and Migrations of the Holy (Eerdmans, 2016). He has lectured on six continents, and his work has been published in fourteen languages.

Mark Chapman is Vice-Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Professor of the History of Modern Theology at the University of Oxford and Canon Theologian of Truro Cathedral. He has written widely on modern theology, Anglicanism and church history. His recent books include Theology at War and Peace: English Theology and Germany in the First World War (Routledge, 2017); Theology and Society in Three Cities: Berlin, Oxford and Chicago, 1800-1914 (James Clarke, 2014); The Fantasy of Reunion: Anglicans, Catholics and Ecumenism, 1833-1882 (Oxford University Press, 2014). Mark will speak on ‘Figgis and the First World War’

Elaine Graham is Grosvenor Research Professor of Practical Theology at the University of Chester, a position she has held since 2009. In March 2014, she was installed as Canon Theologian at Chester Cathedral. She is the author of several major books, including Transforming Practice (1996), Representations of the Post-Human (2002) and Words Made Flesh (2009); with Heather Walton and Frances Ward, Theological Reflection: Methods (2005); with Zoe Bennett, Stephen Pattison and Heather Walton, Invitation to Practical Theology Research (Routledge, 2018). Her most recent work considers public theology as a form of Christian apologetics: Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Public Theology in a Post-Secular Age (2013) and Apologetics without Apology: speaking of God in a world troubled by religion (Cascade, 2017).

Andrew Grosso currently serves as Canon to the Dean at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Columbia, SC); he has also been the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Nashotah House Theological Seminary (Nashotah, WI), Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church (Atchison, KS), Canon Residentiary at Grace Episcopal Cathedral (Topeka, KS), and Dean of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry (Topeka, KS). He is also the Vice President of the Polanyi Society and Associate Editor of the Society’s scholarly journal, Tradition & Discovery.  He is the author of Personal Being: Polanyi, Ontology, and Christian Theology (Peter Lang: 2007), and has published articles and reviews in Tradition & Discovery, Syndicate Theology, and the International Journal of Systematic Theology. He holds a PhD in Religious Studies from Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI), an MDiv from the School of Theology of the University of the South (Sewanee, TN), and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL).

Jeremy Morris is Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, UK.  He was previously Dean of Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge.  He is a specialist in modern religious history, including the Anglican tradition, the ecumenical movement, and arguments about secularization.  His books have included F. D. Maurice and the Crisis of Christian Authority (2005), Renewed by the Word: The Bible and Christian Revival since the Reformation (2005), The Church in the Modern Age (2007), The High Church Revival in the Church of England: Arguments and Identities (2016), and as editor and contributor, The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Vol. 4. Global Western Anglicanism c.1910-2000 (2017).   He is Director of the Archbishop’s Examination in Theology, and was formerly Deputy Chair of the Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England.

Ephraim Radner is Professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, where he has served since 2007. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College, an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, and a PhD from Yale University. His many books include Church (2017), Church, Society, and the Christian Common Good: Essays in Conversation with Philip Turner (editor, 2017), A Time to Keep: Theology, Mortality, and the Shape of a Human Life (2016), Time and the Word: The Figural Reading of Scripture (2016), A Brutal Unity: The Spiritual Politics of the Christian Church (2012), Hope among the Fragments: The Broken Church and its Engagement of Scripture (2004), The End of the Church: A Pneumatology of Christian Division in the West (1999).

Peter Sedgwick was Principal of St Michael’s College, Llandaff, the theological college for the Church in Wales, having previously taught at the Universities of Birmingham and Hull, and was Theological Consultant to the North-East Churches from 1979- 1994, the Church of England’s policy officer on criminal justice and mental affairs 1996-2004.  He has been on the Anglican – Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) since 2011, as an Anglican ethicist. He has written widely on Anglicanism,  political economy and theology.  His study of Anglican moral theology, The Origins of Anglican Moral Theology, will appear in late 2018, published by Brill. In retirement, he runs a charity for destitute asylum seekers, Home4UCardiff. His wife is a parish priest on a large council estate in Cardiff.

Stephen Spencer is Director for Theological Education for the Anglican Communion and was previously Vice-Principal of St Hild College, Mirfield. He has served in parishes in England and Zimbabwe and has worked in theological education. His doctoral studies were on the philosophical foundations of  William Temple’s social thought and his publications include William Temple: A Calling to Prophecy (2001), SCM Studyguide: Anglicanism (2010) and Christ in All Things: William Temple and His Writings (2015).



Living the Tension Between Suffering and Grace

In this day, we will think explore the tension in Christian faith between the experience of suffering and the experience of God’s intervention in our lives through grace. How do faithful Christians understand suffering? What theological resources are there to engage thinking around this issue which then make an impact on Christian living and responses to suffering?

Saturday 23rd March 2019


Revd Erik Peeters

£22.00 including lunch

To book or for more details, contact:

Beth Harper, The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Tel: 01924 481920 e-mail: bharper@mirfield.org.uk www.mirfield.org.uk

Administrator: Beth Harper

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Suffering and Grace flyer 23.03.2019


Lent Evenings at the Mirfield Centre

Lenten Evenings

Exploring our Christian vocation

Four Tuesday Evening sessions on vocation

Baptism—recovering our humanity

Discernment—God’s way for us and our communities

Mission—heralds of hope

Rule of Life—living with intention

Led by Brothers of the Community of the Resurrection

Tuesday 12th, 19th and 26th March, 2nd April

7.30pm including light refreshments

£5 per evening of £15 for all 4

To book or for more details, contact:

Beth Harper, The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Tel: 01924 481920 e-mail: bharper@mirfield.org.uk www.mirfield.org.uk

Administrator: Beth Harper

Lent evenings 2019



Soul Food for Care Givers

Exploring images of care giving through art

All of us, at some stage in our lives will be care-givers. We will care in a particular way, because of the people we care for, the context we are in and the person we are with the experience we bring. The day will hope to explore your own approach to care giving in the light of three classical images of care: the Shepherd, the Wounded Healer and the Wise Fool along with  contemporary images of care such as the Midwife, the Indigenous Storyteller and the Gardener. To help us in our discussions we will explore what theologians and spiritual writers have said about these images alongside interpretations of care found in the visual arts.

Image is: The Washing of the Feet, Ghislaine Howard, 2004, The Methodist Modern Art Collection © TMCP, used with permission

Saturday 2nd March 2019

Led by

The Revd Tiffany Conlin


(including lunch and refreshments)


Flyer Soul Food for Care Givers 02.03.2019

Poster Soul Food for Care Givers 02.03.2019

To book or for more details, contact:

Beth Harper, The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield, WF14 0BW

Tel: 01924 481920 e-mail: bharper@mirfield.org.uk www.mirfield.org.uk

Director: Revd Canon June Lawson        Administrator: Beth Harper