Hear, question and explore faith in one of our group courses.
Living the Questions
Did Jesus have to die to save the world? Should we as Christians differentiate between the roles of women and men? How should Christian citizens react to violence, to the authority of state, to foreigners and to those of different faiths? What moral framework should we live by?
St. Paul tackles these and other issues in teaching that is both inspiring but at times problematic. Eclipsing Empire is a 12 session study of Paul’s radical – often controversial – ministry. It is the latest in our Living The Questions series: a space of safety and challenge, where we can learn and ‘live the questions’ of what our faith means for our lives.
We will explore the ways in which Paul has shaped modern Christianity; learn about the social, cultural, and political meaning of Paul’s ancient Mediterranean message; and examine its implications for life in present-day London. How will you respond to the words of this mystical activist – and to the letters that were written in his name?
Each session will follow a 25 minute DVD with group discussion; commentary and study materials are by New Testament scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan.
Sessions run from 12.15-1.30pm on Sundays in the Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place WC2N 4JJ (please buzz at the front door); you are welcome to eat with the group afterwards. Each session is self-standing. Come as a one-off to see how you find it; we hope that you like it and return!
Sessions for 2013
9 June: Paul and Jesus: Already, Not Yet
16 June: Paul’s Mission: Fables or Facts?
23 June: Paul’s Character: Luke vs. Paul
30 June: Paul’s Conversion: The Road to Damascus?
7 July: Paul’s Cities: Villas and Shop-fronts
21 July: Paul’s Letters: Authentic or Forged?
8 September: Paul’s Ethics: Radical Equality
15 September: Paul’s Theology: God Taking Charge
29 September: Paul’s Eschatology: Justice on Earth
20 October: Underexplored Themes from the East
27 October: Jesus Eclipsing the Empire
Lunchbreak: A Theology of Everyday Things
On Thursday 5th September, Revd Will Morris begins a five week series of Lunchbreak talks on “A Theology of Everyday Things”.
This series of talks will focus on how the Parable of the Talents might relate to the everyday situations in which we find ourselves at work. Each week one of the characters from the parable will be focussed on — as well as the talents themselves. The service begins at 1.00pm and ends by 1.30pm. A simple lunch will be available afterwards.
Each Thursday 1.00pm, in church.
The Cloak is St Martin’s network of small groups. St Martin’s has a diverse and growing congregation and seeks to live in the light of the welcoming and hospitable charism of St Martin, who shared his cloak with a beggar. A larger congregation challenges us to think creatively about how to nurture each other in our faith and thread our community life together. The Cloak seeks to offer members of the congregation the opportunity to join a small group for prayer, bible study, fellowship and supporting each other in turning our faith into action in the world.
We currently have four groups, Central, South, West and North. If you are interested in joining a group, please download a flyer or pick one up from church and return it to the church office. We can’t guarantee to find you something immediately, but we will do our best, and may be able to suggest a group which you could visit to see what happens there. As the network grows, more spaces will open up.
For more information about the groups, please contact Revd Clare Herbert on 020 7766 1143 and leave a message, or email email@example.com