The University students may be on their Easter holidays, however we are still being productive here in the Institute for Theological Partnerships and hope to interest you some of our upcoming events.
We had a fantastic lecture from Clair Linzey to our Theology Group last week - Animals, Liberation and Ecology, and are full steam ahead to welcome Dr Anne Benvenuti on the 6th May to give another animal theology related lecture entitled - Animal Communication and Relationality: a Case for Natural Spirituality. More Details to follow.
For St George's Day:
When the Saints Go Marching Out: Redefining St George for a new era Abstract
This paper proposes that the figure of St George should be reclaimed according to his true, hidden story – as a dissenter against the abuse of power, a contrast to religious crusades, a global figure we share with other nations, someone who offered hospitality to the vulnerable, and a champion of right rather than might.
It proposes that St George's Day should be re-branded as a national day to celebrate an English contribution to the history of dissent – the witness of people like the abolitionists, the suffragettes and those who have sought to combat racism, nationalism, debt, poverty, colonialism and war with the vision of a nation and world open to all.
For the churches, we believe, St George can be a post-Christendom saint. He is a Christian figure, but he does not 'belong' to Christians. However, in his faithful nonconformity he invites the churches to become better servants of Jesus by abandoning reliance on a romanticised past and (in the case of the Church of England) a legacy of Establishment privilege – and seeking a better way.
We have had to postpone the May Open Evening due to the need to repair damage to some of the art work in the garden space. So our next event will be on Saturday 1st August at 2 pm. If you would like to come along please contact
We would also like to encourage staff and students of the University to visit the garden space during the Health and Wellbeing week (1st - 8th May) - maybe bring a picnic and spend some time to consider the story of the cosmos and the idea that we are part of something so wonderful.
Joanna.Wilson@Winchester.ac.uk for details.