Strangers, sojourners and citizens

NCCL Summer School, Thursday 26 to Friday 27 July 2018, at Belsey Bridge Conference Centre


Thursday 26 July
Arrivals from 5pm
6.00pm Welcome
6.30pm Dinner
7.45-9.00pm First session – Dr Mark Bredin (Prison Chaplain, author and theology tutor)
Bar open from 9.15pm

Friday 27 July
8.30am Breakfast
9.30-10.45 Second session – The Revd Corin Child (Chaplain of Norwich School, Priest Vicar of Norwich Cathedral)
10.45am Morning coffee
11.15am-1.00pm Third session – Dr Christopher Joby (Visiting Professor, Department of Dutch and South African Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)
1.00pm Lunch
2.00-3.00pm Fourth session – Professor Catherine Rowett (School of Philosophy, University of East Anglia)
3.00-4.15pm Fifth session – The Revd Dr Arnold Browne (Prison Chaplain, former Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge)
4.15pm Afternoon tea

Mark Bredin, Matthew’s Subversive Messiah: Following Jesus in cultures of greed and violence
We examine some of Jesus’ teachings found in Matthew including selections from the Sermon on the Mount and his Parables. I consider Jesus’ teaching as a call to cultivate cultures of shalom.
The session will include a 15-minute guided meditation on a scene from Matthew intended to encourage Bible study that is not academically based but one that empowers the use of imagination.
Corin Child, “It sounds rather strange to us”: Christian encounters with foreign ideas
Judaeo-Christian heritage is a catalogue of unexpected influences and disturbed orthodoxies, and this is no less true in our own time than it was in the era of Acts or Deuteronomy. This paper looks at how even doctrine is affected by movements of people within society and across borders, and asks whether the Church’s reaction should be to consolidate its position or to entertain the thoughts of strangers.
Chris Joby, From Incomers to Citizens. What the Norwich Dutch Strangers can tell us about modern migration
In the history of Norwich and Norfolk more generally, there have been regular waves of migration, both from elsewhere in the British Isles and from other countries. One of the most significant waves of migration occurred in the late sixteenth century, when several thousand people arrived from the Low Countries as a result of religious persecution and economic hardship. This contribution provides an account of the journey that these people and their descendants made from Strangers to sojourners to citizens and then discusses what their story can teach us about how to address issues arising from contemporary migration to Norwich and other parts of the UK.
Catherine Rowett, Anachoresis: What did the desert fathers and mothers in late antiquity go out into the wilderness to find?
In the third, fourth and fifth centuries A.D. a multitude of all sorts of men and women went out into the desert to live a life of solitary or community devotion, away from the busy city streets and exposing themselves to a multitude of austere bodily deprivations, hard conditions and emotional temptations. Their peculiar way of life, their extraordinary approach to life and its challenges, and their memorable sayings are recorded in many volumes of “sayings”—some anonymous, some belonging to named individuals whose lives we know about. The idea of “anachoresis”, withdrawal or escape, can sound like a relief—to escape from the rules and regulations of an empire and a political world whose values you do not share. But the values of the alternative life are not immediately clear: if we want to get away from all this, what do we want to get away to? And how exactly can we be Christlike, if we withdraw into the desert?
Arnold Browne, Perfect Strangers: New Testament contributions to our conversations
 This session will explore encounters with Jesus that may inform our understanding of contemporary issues: 
The Stranger: Jesus and the Canaanite woman (Matthew 15.21-28  – community and diversity);
The Sojourner: Jesus and the Roman Centurion (Luke 7.1-10 – migration and identity);
The Citizen: Jesus and Paul of Tarsus (Galatians 1.11-24 – economics and survival).

Delegate with ensuite room           £90
Delegate with non-ensuite room    £75
Non-residential delegate               £40
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