This year's Easter School will take place from 10-12 April 2017 (the first part of Holy Week) with speakers Professor Ben Quash, The Revd Dr Neil Richardson and Dr Janet Tollington.
Easter School is held during Holy Week and offers a unique opportunity for those who preach or lead worship to join leading academics in Cambridge and spend time reflecting, learning and developing their gifts. The course is held in a devotional atmosphere giving participants the opportunity to deepen their own spiritual journey and experience the rhythm of community prayer here at Wesley House.
The course includes:
* In-depth teaching
* Seminar time with keynote speakers
* Practical workshops on skills for leading worship
* Morning and Evening prayers
* Free time to explore Cambridge
Sight Unseen: The Resurrection in the Visual Arts
Ben Quash came to King’s College London as its first Professor of Christianity and the Arts in 2007. He is fascinated by how the arts can renew people’s engagement with the Bible and Christian tradition. He runs an MA in Christianity and the Arts in association with the National Gallery, London, and broadcasts frequently on BBC radio. He is a Trustee of Art and Christianity Enquiry, and Canon Theologian of both Coventry and Bradford Cathedrals. His publications include Abiding: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2013 (Bloomsbury, 2012) and Found Theology: History, Imagination and the Holy Spirit (T&T Clark, 2014), and he has written catalogue essays for exhibitions at Ben Uri Gallery, London, the Inigo Rooms in Somerset House, and the Vatican Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2015.
The Revd Dr Neil Richardson
Whatever Happened to the Resurrection? The Eclipse of Easter and Its Recovery
Neil was Tutor in New Testament Studies and later Principal of Wesley College, Bristol. He served as President of the British Methodist Conference in 2003-2004, and is currently the Methodist Co-Chair of the British Roman Catholic–Methodist Committee.
His recent publications include Who on Earth is God? (2014); Sustaining Preachers and Preaching, a Practical Guide (2011, with George Lovell); and John for Today, Reading the Fourth Gospel (2010).
Dr Janet Tollington
Resurrection: from a metaphor to a hope
Janet is passionate about the Old Testament and loves helping students discover the riches of this part of the scriptures, encouraging some to gain the extra benefit that comes from learning Biblical Hebrew. She has had several academic essays published but also write material for Roots, Scripture Union and the Bible Reading Fellowship on occasions. Engaging with local churches in their worship and learning is important to Janet, as is her role within Training for Learning and Service (TLS), which she has been part of since it was introduced into the United Reformed Church as its lay education programme. Overseeing the sabbatical programme at Westminster College as Director of the Cheshunt Foundation until her retirement last July added a welcome international dimension to her work.
Is the Easter School for me?
On the course we aim to offer high quality scholarship and teaching to those in lay ministry. Ordained ministers, from all denominations, are also welcome and those on sabbaticals regularly join us.
Participants come from a range of denominations and a variety of ministry situations.
All are welcome, but some previous study of the bible for the purposes of preaching or leading worship is assumed. However, if you don’t lead worship or preach, but feel you would benefit from the course, please do get in touch with us directly.
What 2016's participants said
Excellent and thought provoking
Great mix of styles, approaches and no half measures
Challenging workshop topics encouraging imagination.
This is my 3rd time and I look forward to the next
An excellent "packed" programme. I shall try to return every year.
It was a blessed experience – sharing and learning.
The quality of the silence was impressive and helpful
After a Lent of being 'Martha' it was great to have such a full time of being 'Mary'.