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Seminar Series:
Introduction to the year 2003 program


Welcome to the program of the Institute for Spiritual Studies for 2003.

If you are new to our Institute, we hope that you will find things here that are just what you are looking for. Once again we have sought to provide a range of offerings, each in its way nurturing the spiritual life. Some of our seminars are quite intimate, and it is easy to walk in on the night. Others generate enormous interest and support, so it is advisable to book ahead, if you can.

Last year, we managed to have a full day with the Archbishop of Canterbury designate, Rowan Williams. That day was memorable for all those who took part. The intense focus of the evening when we considered the holy city, Jerusalem, from the perspective of the three faiths which hold it dear, was also very powerful and unforgettable. 2002 was certainly a very notable year for ISS, which brought us into contact with a broader range of people who share the spiritual quest in different ways.

Please do now look carefully at what we offer for the coming year. Our team has worked hard, again so ably led by Jan Gordon-Clark, to put together a challenging program for you. Our Committee, our volunteers, our Advisory Board – we thank them all, as we look forward to another good year together.

We all look forward to having you join us.

John Davis
Vicar of St Peter's, Eastern Hill
Director of the Institute for Spiritual Studies

Program for 2003

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1. Robert Whalley. The Presence of the Present
Saturday 15 March, 10.00 am–3.30 pm

2. Professor Keith Ward. God: A Guide for the Perplexed
Tuesday 18 March, 7.30 pm–9.30 pm

3. Dr Paul Rule. Is Heaven God? Confucianism and Christianity
Wednesday 2 April, 7.30 pm–9.30 pm

4. Graeme Heyes. Discovering Bells
Tuesday 29 April, 7.30 pm–9.30 pm

5. The Revd Dr Karen Westerfield-Tucker. John Wesley and the Book of Common Prayer
Tuesday 13 May, 7.30 pm–9.30 pm

6. Barry Collett, Judith Richards and Paul Nicholls.
"A Bright Particular Star:" A Commemoration of Queen Elizabeth I
Saturday 24 May, 10.00 am–3.30 pm

7. Tarrawarra Abbey. Ecumenical Vespers for the Vigil of Pentecost
Saturday 7 June, 3.00 pm–6.00 pm

8. Rosemary Crumlin. Shifts in Australian Art and Religion over Fifty Years
Wednesday 11 June, 7.30 pm–9.30 pm

9. The Very Revd David Richardson.
Absence and Presence in the Poetry of R.S. Thomas
Tuesday 24 June, 7.30 pm–9.30 pm

10. The Revd Dr Elizabeth Smith. Travelling Alone, Staying Connected
Wednesday 2 July, 7.30 pm–9.30 pm

11. The Right Revd Dom Michael King.
Lectio Divina in the Benedictine Tradition
Tuesday 15 July, 7.30 pm–9.30 pm

12. Carmelite Monastery. Vespers for the Feast of St Elias
Saturday 19 July, 5.45 pm

13. Dr Peter O'Connor. Fifty Something: The Transition into Late Adulthood
Thursday 31 July, 7.30 pm–9.30 pm

14. Dr Megan Cassidy-Welch. Cistercian Monastic Landscapes in England, 1150-1300
Tuesday 5 August, 7.30 pm–9.30 pm

15. Fr Brendan Byrne, SJ. Jesus: The Compassion of God:
      The Distinctive Spirituality of St Matthew's Gospel
Wednesday 3 September, 7.30 pm–9.30 pm

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