When: 25th June to 2nd July 2016

Thinking Scripture

The Gift of Scripture
- God's word comes to us in human form: in Jesus Christ and in human language, understood through human reason. 


An opportunity for Christians sympathetic to a Catholic approach to scripture:
* To make like-minded friends
* To enjoy a holiday together in beautiful surroundings
* To think seriously about the scriptures
* To pray and reflect

A chance to study St John's Gospel
*As literature
*As history
*As theology
*Through lectures
*Through reading and discussion

Trips and other activities in beautiful surrounding:
* Two expeditions, including one to the Lake District
* Free time each day for relaxing, conversation or exploring the area
* Films or socialising in the evenings

Prayer and liturgy:
* Daily Mass
* Morning, Evening and Night Prayer from the Prayer of the Church
* Opportunities for quiet reflection

The gift of scripture

God's word comes to us in human form: in Jesus Christ and in human language, understood through human reason.

Therefore we need to read the Scriptures both prayerfully and systematically, asking 'How were they written?' and 'How should we interpret them?'
Thinking Scripture has been running now for nine years, and this year we investigate the Gospel of St John. During the week, through lectures, discussion and reflection, we shall explore the different ways that we, as an informed believing community, might read and understand this text.
The week will be taught by Catholics, but open to Christians of any denomination, and to anyone else who is seriously interested in learning more about the Scriptures.

Who will teach it?

Sr Margaret Atkins taught theology in Leeds for ten years and joined the community at Boarbank in 2005. She has a particular interest in Augustine and Aquinas, and in ethics.

Dr Geoffrey Turner was for many years Head of Theology at Trinity and All Saints, Leeds. He has taught and written on a range of New Testament and other theological themes. He has recently published a book on St Paul, The Paul of Surprises.

Fr Richard Taylor studied at Louvain and the École Biblique in Jerusalem before beginning his teaching career at Ushaw College and Durham University. He has lectured for many years in Rome, where he taught courses on scripture and on ecumenism. Fr Taylor has taught as a visiting lecturer in many parts of the world.

Costs for the week

Costs for the week (per person), including full board, start from £355(double/twin) to £445 (single en-suite), and more information will be provided on request.

Students and the low paid are offered a reduced fee of £256. Financial assistance is available for those who may need it (details upon request).

For more information and bookings, please contact Sr Margaret.

You can also download and print out a small leaflet about the course and Boarbank, if you wish to publicise this course in your local area.