In celebration of the special year, “The God who Speaks – the Year of the Word”, most courses on the SCDE Autumn programme are based on Scripture.

The first four events on the calendar will be via Zoom or Webinar. To book a place on these, please write to sioncentrefordialogue@gmail.com.

For more details and updates on meeting modes for the other sessions, visit the Sion Centre for Dialogue and Encounter website.

All courses are in English, and the times indicated are local to the UK.

 

 

Autumn programme calendar:

 

Virtual meeting

Thursday 10 September  14.00 – 15.30  

THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT – WHERE CAN WE FIND THEM?

Sr Therese Fitzgerald NDS

An exploration of Biblical texts that invite us into God’s presence and out into the world. Texts will include Isaiah 11:1-9, Galatians 5:22-26 and others.

 

Virtual meeting

Monday 14 September   14.00 – 15.30  

WHY ARE THE JEWISH HIGH HOLIDAYS SO POPULAR?

Rabbi Dr Michael Hilton

Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) gets very little attention in the Bible, and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) was a day dedicated to Temple ritual. So how did they become the main occasions in the year for Jews to attend synagogue? The answer is bound up with the early history of Jewish-Christian relations.

 

Virtual meeting

Tuesday 22 September   14.00 – 15.30  

THE JEWISH FESTIVALS OF SUKKOT AND SIMCHAT TORAH

Rabbi Dr Michael Hilton

Exploring the origins and themes of these festivals and how they are celebrated today.

 


 

Virtual meeting

 

50th Annual Cardinal Bea Memorial Lecture

Wednesday 7 October   19.00 – 21:00  

BEA AFTER 50 YEARS: LEGACY AND INSPIRATION

Professor Michael Barnes SJ and Jonathan Gorsky

The occasion of the 50th Cardinal Bea Memorial Lecture provides an opportunity to celebrate the memory of this remarkable scripture scholar and man of the Church who did so much to shape the direction of the Second Vatican Council. As well as calling to mind his many achievements, especially in the sphere of Jewish-Christian relations, this lecture looks to the next fifty years. What would Cardinal Bea say about where we are now? And where would he like us to be in 2070?

 


 

Meeting mode to be announced

Thursday 15 October   14.00 – 15.30  

THE SONG OF CREATION

Rabbi Mark Solomon

This study session falls during the week when Jews read the creation story in synagogue. We will be introduced to the ancient Jewish work Perek Shirah, A Chapter of Song, which ascribes songs of praise – mostly biblical verses – to every aspect of creation: heavenly phenomena, geographical features, plants, birds, animals and creeping things. It is usually attributed to the early Jewish “Chariot” mystics, and its meaning is much debated. For many of us, the Covid lockdown has been a time to refocus on nature, and our place within it, and this curious work helps us to hear the cosmic song of praise.

 

Meeting mode to be announced

Tuesday 20 October   14.00 – 15.30  

“AND THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME TO JEREMIAH…”

Rev Dr Anders Berquist

Of all the prophetic books, the Book of Jeremiah is the one that is most consistently attentive to the experience of being a prophet. What is it like to hear God, and to have to pass on God’s word? What is it like when the message is one of defeat and disaster? How does the prophet charged with this message fit (or not) into the politics and society of their day? The later editors of the book have framed it so as to explore just these questions – which this study session will open up through a close reading of selected texts, including Jer. 1.1-19, 15.10-21, 17.14-18, 20.7-18, and 36.1-32.

 

Meeting mode to be announced

Tuesday 27 October   14.00 – 15.30  

JEPHTHAH’S DAUGHTER: WHO IS THE TROUBLEMAKER HERE?

Rabbi Rachel Montagu

A look at what happened and what didn’t happen in the story of Jephthah’s daughter. Why did Jephthah make this foolish vow? What was its effect on him and on his daughter? How have artists interpreted the story and what moral can be drawn from it?

 

Meeting mode to be announced

Wednesday 4 November   14.00 – 15.30  

THE BIBLICAL ORIGINS OF SOCIAL DISTANCING

Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers

From leprosy to menstruation, understandings of public health discourse in the Hebrew Bible.

 

Meeting mode to be announced

Wednesday 11 November   14.00 – 15.30  

ST PAUL AND HIS JEWISH ROOTS

Canon Christopher Jackson

In his letter to the Romans, St Paul writes warmly of the Jewish people – they are family. This session will consider whether chapters 9, 10 and 11 are an encouragement or a stumbling-block in Jewish-Christian dialogue.

 

Meeting mode to be announced

Wednesday 18 November   14.00 – 15.30  

HOW BIBLICAL WOMEN HAVE SHAPED, AND STILL SHAPE, THE FAITH OF JEWS AND CHRISTIANS

Rabbi Alexandra Wright and Rev Kristina Andreasson

 

Meeting mode to be announced

Thursday 26 November   14.00 – 15.30  

ST PAUL ON PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING IN 1 THESSALONIANS

Dr Sean Ryan

Prayer is central to the theology of St Paul. We will look together at St Paul’s consolatory letter to the community of believers in Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians). We will reflect on how he encourages his hearers to give thanks to God at all times, and pray without ceasing, so as not to lose hope, even when hope and joy seem to have disappeared. We will reflect on the rich theology of prayer that blooms in this little letter.

 

Meeting mode to be announced

Saturday 5 December   11.00 – 15.00  

DAY OF PRAYER FOR ADVENT

Fr Richard Nesbitt

Reflecting on the Advent themes of watching and waiting in this year when we have had to do so much watching and waiting!

 

Meeting mode to be announced

Tuesday 8 December   14.00 – 15.30  

HEALING OF THE BODY, HEALING OF THE SOUL: PRAYING FOR HEALING IN JEWISH TRADITION

Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild

From Abraham onwards, Jews have prayed to God for healing. A look at some of the sources, some of the prayers, and some of the traditions from the Jewish world in the face of serious illness.

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