Living Theology York 2019

You are invited to a Study Weekend at The Bar Convent in York, 13th & 14th July, 2019. 

“Children of Abraham” - Interfaith Topics     

 [Living Theology York, 2019, with The Newman Association]

This will involve informative talks, lively discussion, prayer and companionship – a most worthwhile combination!  Some residential accommodation is available.  We look forward to seeing you!

The people of three major faiths, Christianity, Islam and Judaism, are all related as ‘Children of Abraham’; yet misunderstandings and mistrust lead to divisions – even wars – within countries and between countries.  We shall study interfaith topics between the faiths and also some intrafaith matters within the religions.  More understanding will surely bring more healing to God’s world.

Our Course Leaders

Our Course Leaders are: Fr Damian Howard SJ, the Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, a specialist in Christian-Muslim relations; Dr George Herring, a Church historian with an interest in the Oxford Movement; and Mr Gabriel Webber, a trainee rabbi.  

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Our Courses

The Saturday courses are ‘An Introduction to Islam’ with Damian Howard and ‘John Henry Newman & the Oxford Movement’ with George Herring.  On Sunday, Damian Howard’s course focuses on ‘Christian – Muslim relations’, and Gabriel Webber’s course examines ‘British Jews and Judaism, from the inside and the outside’. 

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Our Open Talks

Our Open Talks complement these themes.  On Saturday we are pleased that Ms Frances Smith will give an illustrated talk on ‘Islamic Architecture in Spain’.  On Sunday we will welcome Dr Geoffrey Turner to give us a talk on ‘Psalms, the Prayer of the Synagogue and Church’. 

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Our Programme

We hope you will come for the weekend, but if you cannot manage both days do come for just one!  Each day the programme starts at 10.30am, with registration from 9.45am.  There are 3 sessions led by our Course Leaders, plus the Open Talk, and ample opportunities for questions and discussion.  The day finishes with Mass in the Chapel at 5pm.  (Buffet lunches are included, also coffees/teas throughout the day.) 

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Suggested reading lists

Our Venue

Again we shall be enjoying the hospitality of The Bar Convent (17 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ); where all the facilities are quite recently refurbished.  The Bar Convent is not only an oasis of tranquillity with a beautiful chapel and peaceful gardens, - but is also close to York railway station.
There is ample car-parking available on-site, and York has an excellent ‘Park and Ride’ scheme.

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The Cost

The suggested donation for the Weekend, including lunches and refreshments, is £70 per person (£35 for students).  If you can come for only one day, the donation is £35 per person (students £17): please specify this on the Booking Form.  We don’t want anyone to be excluded for financial reasons, so please make contact if you find difficulty with the suggested amounts.

Booking for the Conference/Study Weekend

Please download the Booking Form, complete it and send it with details of your payment and your choices of courses to   Patricia Egerton, 1, Dunedin Avenue, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 5JD.

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For making your donation: either send a cheque (payable to ‘Living Theology York’) to Patricia with your Booking Form;

or make a BACS payment (including your name as the reference) to ‘Living Theology York’,
with Sort Code 40-43-11 and Account Number 72012642, noting this on your Booking Form.

Confirmation and queries

Your booking will be confirmed by e-mail.  Please contact Patricia (e-mail as above; phone 01642-645732), with other queries.

Accommodation must be booked separately

20 bedrooms (b+b) are available in The Bar Convent Guest House (rates vary).  These rooms are being ‘held’ for us until April 30th but please book early on 01904-643238, quoting ‘Living Theology’ or ‘The Newman’.  Alternatively there are 2 Premier Inns and also an Ibis Hotel quite near.


Please help publicise this event, by printing and distributing the Poster for display in churches, schools, colleges, etc.  Thank you! 

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About Us

The Newman Association is a lay-led, national, organisation whose creation was inspired by the work of J H Newman.  By arranging talks, discussions and conferences, its purpose is to promote open discussion and greater understanding in today’s Church.  

‘Living Theology’ courses are sponsored by the Jesuits, and led by those who are experts in their fields: courses are informative but informal.
* The original impetus for ‘Living Theology’ was to help Catholics study the outcomes from Vatican II.
* Fifty years on - with summer schools, weekend programmes and study days in different parts of the country - ‘Living Theology’ still offers ways for people of all denominations to deepen their knowledge of Christian tradition, reflect upon important issues facing Christians today, learn more about spirituality.

‘Living Theology’ operates under the auspices of the Society of Jesus, Registered Charity No. 230165.

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 10:00 to Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 16:00
Bar Convent
17 Blossom St
YO24 1AQ
United Kingdom