Year of the Bible - Cathedral Events
Throughout the Diocese of Chichester 2017 is to be marked as 'Year of the Bible'. A special programme of events will take place at the Cathedral and throughout the Diocese.
At a recent study day for A Level students held at the Cathedral, Hannah Strommen, Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Chichester University said 'The Bible is everywhere; and the Bible is nowhere'. Dr Strommen talked about the way in which the Biblical story is present in popular culture both explicitly in the films, songs and art and implicitly in oblique references in advertisements and slogans. But Dr Strommen also pointed out that, although the Bible is everywhere, there is general surprise if it is suggested that ordinary people might want to read the Bible. In secular Britain, in the context of a multi-faith society, the Bible is nowhere: the dominant theme in our culture is that no one reads the Bible or knows what is in it.
For many Christians reading the Bible carefully and prayerfully has been transformative. So, in this Year of the Bible why not join us at one of the Cathedral events listed below:
Wednesday 9th and Thursday 9th February: 9.00am - 10.00am. Book at Breakfast meeting with the Cathedral Chancellor, Canon Dr Anthony Cane: 'How to read the Bible (without switching your brain off) by Simon J Taylor. At 4 Canon Lane.
Lent Course: Hear the word of the Lord written by a diocesan team, with a section introduced by the renowned biblical scholar Professor James Dunn.
5th, 12th 26th June and 3 July: 6.30pm. Chancellor's Lectures 2017: The Bible in the Public Square. Four lectures with the Cathedral Chancellor, Canon Dr Anthony Cane and other speakers, including Dr Hannah Strommen from the University of Chichester and Professor Richard Bauckham from the University of St Andrew's. (Professor Bauckman's lecture is also part of the Chichester Theological Society programme). In the Cathedral. Free entry and all are welcome.
Saturday 4th November: 1.30pm - 5.00pm. Cathedral Study Day: Troublesome Texts: Exploring Different Parts of the Bible from The Song of Songs to the Book of Revelation. With a number of speakers including Professor Steve Moyise and Professor James Dunn. Ticket information to follow.
Saturday 25th November: 7.15pm The Gospel According to Mark - an outstanding new film that is part of the Lumo Project (which has produced a film of each Gospel, with authentic locations and actors, to the highest production standards). Mark's Gospel is the 'Gospel of the Year' for the church beginning on Advent Sunday, 3 December 2017. Tickets £7.50 will go on sale early 2017.
Click here to visit the Diocese of Chichester Year of the Bible Events.