Canterbury Contemporary Theology Group

The Canterbury Contemporary Theology Group is an ecumenical gathering that normally meets on the third Wednesday of each month, from January to June, at St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury. 

All meetings start at 7.30 pm and a list of meetings can be found below.

Cost: £3 per lecture, or buy a season ticket of £12 covering all six lectures.
2019 Programme
Wednesday 16th January at 7.30pm

The Problem of Painting Christ: Strange Responses to the Greatest Artistic Challenge.

Chlöe Reddaway
Research Fellow in the Centre for Arts and the Sacred at King’s College London, working on visual theology and focusing on the potential of historic artworks for contemporary theology.

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Wednesday 20th February at 7.30pm

Social Justice and Liberation Theology – has Gospel Music Betrayed its Heritage?

Robert Beckford
Professor of Theology and Culture in the African Diaspora, CCCU; Visiting Professor at King’s College London; author and broadcaster.

The music tracks from these slides have been removed for copyright reasons, but they can be found here.
Wednesday 20th March at 7.30pm

The Bible as Art: how to enjoy it, how to play with it.

Trevor Dennis
Retired Chancellor and Vice Dean of Chester Cathedral, formerly Tutor in Old Testament Studies at Salisbury and Wells Theological College.

Wednesday 10th April at 7.30pm

Etty Hillesum: A modern Mystic
with the voice of Etty spoken by Vicky Field.

Philip Knight
Researcher and onetime teacher of religious education.

Etty Hillesum (1914 to 1943) was a secular Dutch Jew who, between 1941 and 1942, wrote a deeply spiritual, philosophically informed and personally frank diary. It contains profound reflection on God and the human condition in the context of the worst things human beings do to one another and speaks with cogent force to many concerns of our own day. Rowan Williams has described the diary as, ”A Confessions of St Augustine for our day”, and adds that, “Etty Hillesum deserves to be read far more deeply and extensively than she has been thus far.”

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Wednesday 15th May at 7.30pm

Mark or Bach or Twitter: Can We Hear the Gospel More Clearly By Using Musical Ideas?

Harvey Richardson
Methodist Minister, and one-time Chair of the London S.E. District, with special interests in ecumenism and music.

Wednesday 19th June at 7.30pm

A Theology of Disability.

Frances Young
Methodist Minister, retired Professor of Theology, University of Birmingham, and mother of a son with severe learning disabilities.

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St. Peter's Methodist Church
St Peter's Street, Canterbury, Kent.

How to find us:

St. Peters Methodist Church is situated on the High Street, between Poppies Cafe and the Oxfam Book Shop.

From the Westgate Towers, walk up the High Street until you see the Oxfam Bookshop on the right, the Church is next door.
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