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MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL and RE HUB EVENT DAY 1

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St Gregory’s Centre for Music

North Holmes Road

Canterbury

CT1 1QU

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For our hub event this term we are doing something a little different and joining a special event focussed around alternative spiritualities, the focus of one of our MAs. This is an opportunity to learn more and speak to practioners from a range of new age and alternative spiritual practices. This is the first of 2 days of events. See the other Eventbrite page if you wish to attend both events.

SATURDAY 18 JUNE

St Gregory’s Centre for Music, North Holmes Road, Canterbury CT1 1QU

10.30 Arrival and refreshments

11.00-11.30

Introduction by Bob Bowie, and introduction to the MA by Angela Voss

11.30-1.00

Talk: Symbolism and the Sacred

Angela Voss and Simon Wilson will discuss the question of ‘seeing symbolically’ in our literal world. We live in a culture which encourages oppositional thinking in our intellectual life, creating binary structures which all too easily become polarised into ideologies. Religion and science, imagination and rationality, the sacred and the secular appear to be conflicting discourses with conflicting ‘truth claims’. We will consider how symbol and metaphor as ways of knowing might begin to bridge these divides and provide holistic and integrative pathways to understanding ourselves and others.

1.00-2.00

Lunch (lunch is not provided - but Waitrose is very nearby, as is our Food Court so call in en route to pick up a lunch ) - the HUB will have a business gathering at this time, hopefully in the sun somewhere.

2.00-3.30

Divination for Today: Perspectives and Practice – Open Forum
Geoffrey Cornelius and Angela Voss will lead an open discussion on the status of symbolic interpretation and the viability of the widespread practices of divination in our society. Astrology, tarot reading, clairvoyance and other ‘new age’ activities are generally shunned by scientific, orthodox religious and liberal humanist agendas alike, yet they have been practised in all cultures, at all times, and show no sign of disappearing from popular culture. Why is this, and might there be something of value in their methods of revealing knowledge?

3.30-4.00

MA alumni will present short reflections on the relationship of their studies to their own professional lives.

4.00-4.30

Tea

4.30-5.30

Canterbury Zodiac
Victoria Field (poetry) and Eduard Heyning (music) will present a live performance of their work-in-progress, inspired by the Canterbury Cathedral zodiac roundels. They will reflect on the signs of the zodiac in music and poetry, from both Christian and astrological, local and cosmic perspectives. Listen, dream, dance, participate! Alumni/Student drinks & dinner (St Martin’s Priory, Canterbury CT1 1PW)


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