Christian Classics Study Group

The Mystical dimension of the Liturgy

On Friday October 13, the Christian Classics Study Group will explore the mystical dimension of the liturgy. We will look at questions such as, What is the deeper meaning of that which is celebrated in the liturgy? How does the liturgy symbolise and deepen our inner relationship with God? Starting point for our discussion will be selected texts from late medieval mystics of the Low Countries which address the relationship between the liturgy of the Church…

Christian Classics Study Group – Hadewijch – 3 Feb AD 2017

Renske Hoff is currently doing a Doctorate on Hadewijch – she has agreed to lead our next Christian Classics Study Group on Friday 3 February! She writes: “While reading those three texts, I think it might be interesting for you to observe and think about Hadewijch’s notion of ‘Love’. What does this mean, how is it connected to her notion of ‘God’ and the human soul, and how is it connected to love between human beings? I am looking forward to your ideas about this: scholars do not yet agree.”

Christian Classics Study Group – Jan 15, 2016

19th Century Russian Christian Classics Friday January 15, AD 2016 Our next Christian Classics Study Group is next Friday January 15 6:30-9:30pm at the parsonage Hall.   Erik Heemskerk will introduce and guide our discussion. 1.  Erik will give a brief introduction to what is characteristic about modern (19th) Russian Literature and what is particular about its Orthodox Christian character. 2.  We look primarily at THE GRAND INQUISITOR, which is an extract from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s celebrated novel, The Brothers…

Christian Classics Study Group – Spiritual Friendship

We have had a break from our Study Group over the summer, but will return on Friday, 20 November 18.30, to look at Aelred of Rievaulx’s great work called “Spiritual Friendship”. Aelred was the Abbot from 1147 to 1167 of the great English Cistercian Abbey of Rievaulx, near York in the North of England. From the back cover of a translation comes this description: “In a three-book Ciceronian dialogue Aelred defines human friendship as sacramental, beginning…

Christian Classics Study Group – Charles Williams

On Friday, January 16 at 6:30pm, the Christian Classics Study Group will gather in the Parsonage Hall. We will read and reflect on samples of Charles Williams poetry and prose, including some from The Descent of the Dove: A Short History of the Holy Spirit in the Church. David Llewellyn Dodds will introduce us to the works of Charles Williams. David is a member of the Arnhem – Nijmegen Chaplaincy and is an expert in Williams poetry and prose.…