Chelmsford Cathedral
Chelmsford Theological Society 2018

Opportunities for learning... Wednesday Evening Lectures, Thursday Study Mornings, June Summer School and Associated Lectures

Wednesday evening lectures take place at 8.00pm in the Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House.  Cost is £3.50 payable on the day.

A video of each lecture is usually available on Youtube after the event.  Please click on the lecture title when it turns blue. 

17 January     

David Worsfieldaward-winning financial journalist, experienced conference speaker, and radio and television commentator


Faith, conflict and Empire: an illustrated story of an Irish doctor's 50 years' service in a British uniform through two world wars and Imperial campaigns

7 February  

Revd Canon Rosy Fairhurst - Canon Chancellor at Leicester Cathedral, journalist and writer, whose publications include Uncovering Sin: Gateway to healing and calling


Liminality: a theology of thresholds


18 April   

Revd Dr Sue Lucas - Team Rector of East Ham in East London. She has a PhD in philosophy and an MA in theology


Revisiting the Welfare State: William Temple’s wisdom for today


18 July  

Revd Ruth Wells - Ruth was ordained as a Deacon in the Church of England in July 2017 and is serving her curacy in Dorset. Her interests include feminist theology and poetry


Finding the Divine in the gaps: a poetic exploration


12 September  

Revd Canon Ivor Moody


'Does the devil have all the best tunes? Finding 'The Rock' in pop.


17 October  

Tim Leeson - has been involved in youth ministry for fourteen years and is now working towards a doctorate in practical theology


Youth Work, Rivalry and the Gospel


Ministry Summer School

In association with the Chelmsford Diocese continuing ministerial development team

19th & 20th June

Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House

Between Remembering and Forgetting: theological and pastoral wisdom in an age of dementia

Led by Revd Canon Dr James Woodward

James Woodward is Principal of Sarum College. As a Practical Theologian he has focussed particularly on areas of health and healing, old age and end of life care.

The Ministry Summer School includes all refreshments and meals, to be provided by Jean’s Caterers. Bishop Stephen Cottrell will be speaking at the dinner on the Tuesday evening. This is a non-residential event which will run from 9.30am to 9.00pm on 19th June, and 9.30am to 4.00pm on 20th June.

Please click here to register for the Ministry Summer School.

Cost: £75 (payable in advance; CMD grants may be used for this Summer School)


Thursday Study Mornings

The Thursday Study Mornings give a longer chance for participants to engage theologically with a specific area.


Thursday 15th March, 10.00am to 1.00pm

St Mary’s Walthamstow

Theology and Art: God, creativity and beauty

Led by Ian Adams, with Cameron Conant

Ian Adams works with words and images to explore the possibility of faith, hope and love reshaping the world. He is a poet, writer, photographer and priest, Spirituality Adviser to Church Mission Society, Tutor in Pioneering at Ridley Hall Cambridge, and partner in the Beloved Life project. Cameron Conant is a writer who also advises St Mary's Walthamstow on arts and culture projects as part of the St Mary's Arts Collective.

Please register for this Study Morning on the ‘book events’ page of the Cathedral website.

Cost: £5 (payable on the day)


Thursday 4th October, 10.00am to 1.00pm

Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House

Return to Sender: grappling with the Apostle Paul through his letter to the Galatians

Revd Matthew Simpkins

Matt Simpkins is Curate in the Wickford & Runwell Team Ministry and the Bishop of Chelmsford’s Chaplain. He read theology at Trinity St David and Oxford University, and has researched Christian ethics under the supervision of Professor Nigel Biggar.  He has recently had articles published on democracy (Crucible), market morality (Political Theology), and marriage (Theology).

Please register for this Study Morning on the ‘book events’ page of the Cathedral website.

Cost: £5 (payable on the day)


Associated Lectures

Saturday 3rd March at 7.30pm in Chelmsford Cathedral (Chelmsford Apologetics Group)

Unbelievable? Can an intelligent person believe in God?

Dr Sharon Dirkx, Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics                                   Free Entry


Monday 21st May at 6.00pm at Kings College London (Christian Evidence Society)

Unknowns in Heaven and Earth

Professor Marcelo Gleiser, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire Free Entry



For details about the 2017 lecture series, please click here. 

For details about the 2016 lecture series, please click here.

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