Chelmsford Cathedral
Theological Society 2019

Tim Leeson writes:  Over many years the Chelmsford Cathedral Theological Society has organised lectures, aimed at stimulating thinking about matters of faith and life.

This year, we’re happy to be hosting a series of speakers who will share stories from interesting and important frontiers: places where the established church faces challenges, opportunities, and the call to change.

At the ministry summer school in June, guests will be invited to think about how they tell their own frontier stories through the craft of preaching.

I hope that you will find this year’s programme engaging thought-provoking, and I will look forward to meeting many of you over the year. 

Tim Leeson 


Wednesday 16th January at 8.00pm

Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House

Re-imagining hope on the margins - Wounded Resurrection

Peter Dominey

Peter is a pioneering Baptist minister, who leads Church from Scratch, in Southend, and a gifted philosopher. He will challenge your ideas of what religion looks like, and you’ll leave with more questions than answers (in a good way)! Cost: £3.50 (payable on the day)


Wednesday 20th February at 8.00pm

Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House

What Kind of God, and So What?

Andy Drake

Andy is the CEO of YMCA Essex and a Baptist minister. He is a deeply reflective person, who will get you thinking about what faith has to say to a secular context with humour, humility and integrity.  Cost: £3.50 (payable on the day)


Wednesday 15th May at 8.00pm

Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House

Investigating what children understand as prayer: A Godly Play approach

Jane Southward

Jane is a doctoral student, exploring children’s spirituality, as well as a teacher at the Cathedral School. Her interest in spirituality is not purely academic: she is herself a natural contemplative, and her research is girded by a depth of prayer. Cost: £3.50 (payable on the day)


Wednesday 17th July at 8.00pm

Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House

Moving into the Neighbourhood

Hannah Bucke

Hannah is a Methodist minister, amusement park chaplain, and army chaplain. Her experience of “doing church” outside of church buildings will challenge the ways in which we have become too comfortable. Cost: £3.50 (payable on the day)


Wednesday 18th September at 8.00pm

Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House

Out Of Control; #metoo #churchtoo #ustoo

Natalie Collins

Natalie is a gender justice specialist, and founder of Spark, which seeks to prevent and respond to violence against women. She will make you think, and you might find yourself surprised at the ways in which gender issues involve us all. Cost: £3.50 (payable on the day)


Wednesday 16th October at 8.00pm

Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House

Caged Bird Freed

Matt Spencer

Matt is a Major in the Salvation Army, and a doctoral student, exploring music in mission. He is a songwriter and a poet, and a person who can bring people of conflicting views together peacefully and compassionately. Cost: £3.50 (payable on the day)


Thursday Study Mornings

Thursday 20th June, 10.00am to 1.00pm

St Peter’s, Hutton

The Greatest Showman, Availability & Dyadism: Towards Longevity in Youth Ministry

Led by Alice Smith

Alice is the lead tutor for the Theology and Youth Ministry Degree programme at St Mellitus College, and former Diocesan Youth Adviser to the Bradwell Area. She has a wealth of experience in getting people to think about youth ministry, with openness and warmth.

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

Cost: £5 (payable on the day)


Thursday 17th October, 10.00am to 1.00pm

Leigh Road Baptist Church, Leigh-on-Sea

The Alien in Our Midst: A Theology of Hospitality

Led by Steve Tinning

Steve is Associate Minister at Leigh Road Baptist Church, is involved with Citizens UK, and has stories to share about welcoming refugees. He’s a passionate guy, who deeply wants the church to be better at welcoming the other. He’ll make you feel right at home, while gently challenging you.

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

Cost: £5 (payable on the day)


Ministry Summer School

In association with the Chelmsford Diocese continuing ministerial development team


25th & 26th June

Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House

The Theology and Craft of Preaching

Led by Bishop Stephen Cottrell and Dr Donna Lazenby

Stephen Cottrell is the Bishop of Chelmsford, as well as the author of a number of books about ministry, art, and prayer. His most recent publications include a book of poems and stories from the Camino de Santiago, and a children’s book about Christmas.

Donna Lazenby is a priest, author, and the director of St Mellitus College, South West. She lectures in spirituality and apologetics, and her PhD thesis won the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise in 2011.

The Ministry Summer School includes all refreshments and meals, to be provided by Jean’s Caterers. This is a non-residential event which will run from 9.30am to 9.00pm on 25th June, and 9.30am to 4.00pm on 26th June.

Please register for the Ministry Summer School on the ‘book events’ page of the Cathedral website when this link is available.

Cost: £75 (payable in advance — £10 early bird discount available in 2018; CMD grants may be used for this Summer School)


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