The South Creake Lectures return again this autumn for their third series and the programme has now been announced with Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, on Friday 8 Septermber, Dame Fiona Reynolds, Master of Emmanuel College Cambridge, on Friday 22 September, and Giles Waller, School of Divinity Cambridge, on Tuesday 31 October. Entry to all lectures is free and unticketed.
Friday 8 September 7.00pm
The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chemlsmford: Behold the Man
Bishop Stephen will examine images of Christ in contemporary art and what they tell us about faith today.
As the Bishop of Chelmsford, Bishop Stephen serves Essex and East London. He is a well-known writer and speaker on evangelism, spirituality and catechesis. He is one of the authors of the popular and widely used Emmaus and Pilgrim courses. Among his recent books are Do Nothing to Change your Life: Discovering What Happens When You Stop; Hit the Ground Kneeling: Seeing Leadership Differently; Christ in the Wilderness: Reflecting On The Paintings By Stanley Spencer; and The Things He Did: The Story of Holy Week. He is married to Rebecca and they have three boys.
Friday 22 September 7.00pm
Dame Fiona Reynold, Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge: The Fight for Beauty
In her lecture Fiona Reynolds will draw on her book The Fight for Beauty and describe how beauty has been fought for, diminished, revived and marginalised as our country has been through the processes of change. In a world where, it often seems, only the economy matters, she will argue for the importance of beauty in our lives.
Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE became Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 2012. She came to the college from the National Trust, of which she was Director-General from 2001-2012. During her time at the National Trust she made it warmer and more welcoming, bringing the houses to life and raising the profile of the Trust’s work in the countryside.
Before becoming DG of the Trust, she was Director of the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office (1998-2000), Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (now Campaign to Protect Rural England, 1987-98) and Secretary to the Council for National Parks (now Campaign to Protect National Parks, 1980-87).
Fiona is the Senior Non-Executive Director on the Executive Board of the BBC, a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water, and Chair of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, the Green Alliance, the International National Trusts Organisation and the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England. Fiona was appointed CBE for services to the environment and conservation in 1998 and DBE in 2008.
She is married with three daughters and lives near Cirencester when not in Cambridge. She loves walking, reading, classical music and opera.
Tuesday 31 October 7.00pm
Giles Waller, Research Associate, Faculty of Divinity, and Cambridge Inter-faith Programme: Luther
Exceptionally in 2017 we are putting on a third lectures to commemorate one of the most important events in Christian history, the five hundreth anniversary of the start of the Reformation when on 31 Octobe 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg.
Giles Waller, tipped by Professor David Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge, "as a star of the rising generation of theologians", will give his lecture on the exact anniversary day. He will look afresh at the intellectual and spiritual currents behind Luther’s so-called ‘theology of the cross’. How did this astonishing theology of God on the cross ‘hidden in suffering’ relate to Luther’s break with the church of Rome? And in this anniversary year, how might we rediscover Luther’s spiritual insights for our own time?
Giles read Theology and Religious Studies at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he also completed an MPhil. His doctoral research, also at Peterhouse, focused on the borderlands of Christian doctrine, literature, and philosophy, looking at the theological reception of Greek tragedy, with a particular comparative interest in Martin Luther’s theology of the cross.
In 2011, along with Kevin Taylor, Giles edited a collection that brought together theologians and literary scholars, Christian Theology and Tragedy: Theologians, Tragic Literature and Tragic Theory (Ashgate), to which he contributed an essay on the role of tragedy in the work of Cambridge philosopher and theologian Donald MacKinnon.
He teaches widely in Cambridge, crossing between theology and literary studies. From 2014, he was research associate to Professor David Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity, and in 2015 he took up a post-doctoral research associateship in the Divinity Faculty, working with the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme.