When: 13th to 20th September 2014

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.

Therefore we need to read the Scriptures both prayerfully and systematically, asking ‘How were they written?’ and ‘How should we interpret them?’

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.

A chance to study St Matthew’s Gospel

  • As literature
  • As history
  • As theology
  • Through lectures
  • Through reading and discussion

Trips and other activities in beautiful surroundings ( two expeditions, including one to the Lake District)

Free time each day for relaxing, chatting,

Sports, or exploring the area

Films and socialising in the evenings

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

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 served as President of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain.
  • 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.

To apply and for further information, 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.

Costs for the week, including full board, range from £340 (double/twin room) to £410 (single en suite). Students, and the low paid are offered a reduced fee of £255. Financial assistance is available for those who may need it (details upon request). Thinking Scripture has been running now for eight years, and for 2014 we decided to concentrate on the Gospel of St Matthew.