The Sion Centre for Dialogue and Encounter in London (UK) welcomes participants to its Spring Programme.

All sessions will be conducted via Zoom. If you would like to book a place on one of the workshops, please send an email to sioncentrefordialogue@gmail.com.

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

 


Spring programme calendar

 

Tuesday 19 January    14.00 – 15.30
ISRAEL AND EGYPT, SLAVERY, OPPRESSION & SENDING OUT: SARAH AND HAGAR IN TEXT AND ART
Rabbi Rachel Montagu 

A look at Sarah and Hagar, their life together and apart, how generous thoughts aren’t always sustainable, how we can’t second-guess God and how human interaction can be complicated. And are the children OK?

 

Tuesday 26 January    14.00 – 15.30
REMEMBERING MOTHER MARIA
Jonathan Gorsky

For the Russian Orthodox Church St. Maria Skobtsova, 1891–1945, is one of the great spiritual figures of the twentieth century. For Jews she is remembered at Yad Vashem as one of the righteous of the world. This workshop will be a discussion of Mother Maria’s life and spiritual heritage – to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2021.

 

Wednesday 3 February    14.00 – 15.30
GOOD NEWS FOR BAD TIMES: EVANGELISATION IN LUKE-ACTS

Wednesday 10 February    14.00 – 15.30
GOOD NEWS FOR BAD TIMES: DISCIPLESHIP IN LUKE-ACTS

Wednesday 17 February    14.00 – 15.30
GOOD NEWS FOR BAD TIMES: FELLOWSHIP IN LUKE-ACTS

 

Wednesday 24 February   14.00 – 15.30
TRANSLATION FOR TRANSFORMATION: ANDRE CHOURAQUI AND HIS REVOLUTIONARY CONTRIBUTIONS TO JEWISH-CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE
Dr Murray Watson 

André Chouraqui (1917-2007) was an Algerian-born Jewish scholar, politician and interreligious pioneer. Among his many interfaith initiatives, perhaps his greatest accomplishment was La Bible Chouraqui, a ground-breaking translation of the Bible (both Testaments) into French which sought to bring Jews and Christians together in shared study and discussion. Chouraqui’s life – and his unorthodox way of translating the Bible – made him one of the most intriguing figures in modern interfaith dialogue, and we will explore his contributions and personality together.

 

Wednesday 3 March   14.00 – 15.30
PURIM & THE BOOK OF ESTHER
Rabbi Jeff Berger 

The Jewish Festival of Purim commemorates events occurring in the 5th century BCE as recorded in the Book of Esther. This talk will attempt to present a brief historical background, a deeper look into the Scriptural text and some interpretations, and a description of how the Festival is celebrated today. Unique to the Book of Esther within the Hebrew Bible is the complete absence of the name of God.

 

Saturday 13 March   14.00 – 16:00
CALLED TO LIVE IN PEACE
Sr Teresa Brittain NDS

Reflections for Lent.

 

Wednesday 17 March   14.00 – 15.30
THE CURSE OF HAM
Rabbi Alexandra Wright 

What was the meaning of race and colour in biblical and early rabbinic texts?

 

Tuesday 23 March   14.00 – 15.30
WHAT IS MAN? A JOURNEY THROUGH BIBLICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Fr Adrian Graffy 

A survey of the recently released document of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, published by Darton, Longman and Todd.

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