2018 Lecture Programme
Guild events and lectures are open to everyone. You do not need to be a member to come along.
Members enjoy free entry to all lectures (coloured lilac overleaf) and reduced rates for conferences. You will also receive a hard copy of any published lectures and enjoy unlimited access to our digital archive when the new website goes live.
Annual subscriptions run from September to August.
Full membership is £50 (£40 outside London) with discounted rates for students, over 70s, and anyone living at the same address as a full member.
Non-members and Guests
The entrance fee for each lecture is £15 (concessions £9) payable on the door and includes a glass of wine. Group concessions available
All Thursday Lectures start at 7.30 pm
Venue: ESSEX CHURCH
112 PALACE GARDENS TERRACE, LONDON W8 4RT
Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate (four minutes walk)
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NEW YEAR AFTERNOON LECTURE
Thursday 1st FEBRUARY, EVENING LECTURE
Christa, the Feminine Aspect of Christ
Caroline graduated from St Martin's School of Art and studied with artist theologian Jyoti Sahi in a Christian Art Ashram near Bangalore for six years. A commissioned sculptor for the Church in the UK and Europe she now lives in Suffolk and works in bronze. In this presentation Caroline aims to demon-strate in a practical (ie empirical) way how working with the archetype of Christ has helped her in her individuation process.
Thursday 1st March, EVENING LECTURE
Pushing the Boundaries: Towards a dynamic understanding of the Christian faith
Fr. BENEDICT COBBEN
Over 70 years ago the scientist and Jesuit priest Teilhard de Chardin wondered why Christianity was ceasing to appeal to an increasing number of people. Christianity, he wrote, still to some degree provides a shelter for the modern soul, but no longer clothes it, nor leads it. Fr. Cobben will explore possible answers to the pivotal question: what is it Christians are looking for? After a degree in theological studies, Fr. Cobben joined the Carmelite Order in The Netherlands and is a former Provincial Superior (2011 – 2017). His present commitments are retreat-work and spiritual direction.
Thursday 3rd May, EVENING LECTURE
Gilgamesh: Being Human
Andrew George is a Professor of Babylonian at SOAS, University of London. His prize-winning translation of Gilgamesh, was published by Penquin in 2000 and he is currently translating new texts from cuneiform tablets. The Epic of Gilamesh is the oldest recorded story in the world, originally carved in cuneiform script on twelve stone tablets. It was the subject of Radio 4's In Our Time where Andrew George was a guest of Melvyn Bragg (November 3rd, 2016).
THURSDAY, 7th JUNE, EVENING LECTURE
Christian Cosmology: a Spirituality of Integration?
Fr. DOMINIC WHITE
Fr. Dominic White studied at Cambridge University (MA) and Imperial College, London (PhD). Organist of the Dominican church in London for three years he entered the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) in 2000. He is currently a chaplain to Newcastle and Northumbria universities and arts officer at St Dominic's Priory, Newcastle. He is the composer and founder of the Cosmos multimedia dance project and founding patron of Eliot Smith Company (contemporary dance). He is the author of The Lost Knowledge of Christ: Contemporary Spiritualities, Christian Cosmology and the Arts (Liturgical Press, 2015).
THURSDAY, 4th OCTOBER, EVENING LECTURE
Unknowing in Practice
Psychotherapists often find that they don't know what is happening in a session. This talk asks whether there are resources in ancient and medieval philosophy and theolo- gy that can help the therapist to be aware of the many ways of unknowing. David Henderson, PhD, is a psychotherapist and supervisor, a member of the Association of Independent Psychotherapists. He is a senior lecturer in psychoanalysis at the Centre for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University and is the author of Apophatic Elements in the Theory and Practice of Psychoanalysis: Pseudo-Dionysius and C.G. Jung (Routledge).
Saturday 20th October Full day conference in conjunction with the C.G.Jung Club
Barbara Hannah’s Search for Wholeness
THURSDAY, 1st NOVEMBER, EVENING LECTURE
No shore too far?
Meditations on the theme of death, bereavement and hope: the title of this talk comes from Jonathan’s sense that in our efforts to extend boundaries of every sort - including that most mysterious boundary of all between what we call life and death - there is, in fact, no shore too far. In his talk he will discuss these themes, interwoven with readings from some of the poems written since his wife’s death four years ago.