2020 Easter Course - This year we will follow the ‘Why on earth’ course created by the Church Army. It builds on last year’s Faith Pictures course and runs over 6 weeks. The topics for each week begin with a question ‘why on earth’:
‘why on earth - faith v science' ‘why on earth bother with the church' ‘why on earth are Christians so judgemental' ‘why on earth do bad things happen to good people' ‘why on earth would I believe the Christian message' ‘why on earth bother with Jesus'.
Each session has a video to watch and guided questions for our discussion. We will host a zoom meeting on these questions each Wednesday at 7pm. Ask Fr Phelim for details and an invitation log in code. Starts on Wednesday 29 April at 7pm.
More details on the course and the source of the videos can be found on this website:
Introduction: Faith QI Group - Fides Quarens Intellectum (St Anselm)
Meets in St Saviour's on Wednesdays at 7pm. Open to all. Once a month. See newsletter or calendar for current schedule.
What does it mean?
Our Faith Nurturing Group very loosely takes some inspiration from the QI TV show which stands for Quite Interesting and has as its premise that everything in some ways can be quite interesting and so each series goes through the alphabet and randomly selects things or words that are worth exploring. We as Christians could do that too yet there is another explanation for QI which comes from the English saint, Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109) who came up with a phrase called FidesQuarens Intellectum which means ‘Faith Seeking Understanding’. St Anselm’s phrase has become the starting point of many schools of theology within the breadth of Christianity. It is often people of faith, or people curious about faith in God, who want to understand what it is all about? To understand more about what it is that Christians believe in.
General Ignorance = mystery
Again, in the quiz show there is often a big deal made about the category ‘General Ignorance’ which are clichéd, obvious, boring or predictable answers to difficult questions. Yet, no answer is considered really ‘wrong’ because the questions themselves are considered so open, complex and difficult that a real answer might be considered impossible. This connects well to the idea of mystery within religious teachings in the sense that faith ideas are often beyond total definition. To say something is a mystery means that it can be understand but only partially, never completely.
Over the next six meetings (2019-2020), in our own enquiring and exploring of questions surrounding:
Mariology (theology surrounding the role of Mary),
Church unity and diversity
Sacraments - known and unknown
Bible and Revelation
Patriarchy and Feminist Theology
Last year (Autumn 2018) we looked at the following topics:
Church and Belonging
Problems of evil and suffering
Does a good God exist?
Jesus his person and identity
Life after death destinations
If you would like to join us we meet in St Saviour's Church at 7pm on the first Wednesday of each month and in St German's at the same time on the third Wednesday of each month. It is open to absolutely everyone and you don't need to be a church goer to attend.