Booking Now: CPW Weekend on 'Prophetic Imagination' with David McLoughlin

  • Ellen Teague

All are welcome to the first event of Catholic People's Weeks' 75th Anniversary year - a Winter Weekend at Hinsley Hall in Leeds. The weekend - Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February - will include the annual Dora Turbin Lecture on the Saturday, delivered by David McLoughlin, Emeritus Fellow of Christian Theology at Newman University, Birmingham. He has been widely praised for his engaging and accessible style of presentation, prompting a recent parish group to refer to him as 'the best speaker we've ever had!"

The theme of his lecture will be, 'The Challenge of Prophetic Imagination in 2020'. In his research he explores the relationship between theology and everyday life and offers radical readings of the Bible for Christians. On the challenge of prophetic imagination in 2020, McLoughlin says "in every age we need men and women who open up for us the prophetic imagination of a Moses at the burning bush, or Hosea and Amos in a time of national crisis and of Jesus in his time". Prophets are rarely obvious from their early lives, suggests McLoughlin, but "they are called to see anew, to keep the prophetic imagination of exodus and covenant alive".

Questions to be explored over the whole weekend include: What does it mean to be prophetic in our own time as we begin a new decade? Who do we see as being prophetic today and why? How can we work to realise the vision of God's will - life to the full - for all people and our common home? In what ways can we bring hope to the world in our own lives?

The chaplain is Columban Father Jim Fleming who worked in Pakistan for 20 years and now raises awareness about missionary work, alongside supporting asylum seekers in Birmingham. Chair Ellen Teague is part of the Columban Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Team, and works as a Catholic journalist on justice, peace and ecology issues.

The weekend will run from lunch on Saturday to after lunch on Sunday. It will include group discussion, creative liturgy and a social on the Saturday evening. A day guest rate is available for those who would like to attend on Saturday only. Children are welcome as day guests and childcare will be available during the Dora Turbin Lecture.

Hinsley Hall is a comfortable conference centre, run as part of the Leeds Diocesan Curial Campus, and the venue of choice for the Bishops Conference Low Week and November meetings. Access to Leeds by train from North or South is straightforward and there is ample parking provision at the centre. Automatic bursaries are also available for this event (select 'Apply Bursary' when booking).

All are welcome, not only CPW members. From weekends to week-long holidays, CPW events aim to nourish faith, ignite the intellect, inspire social action, challenge understanding, invite creativity, and enrich with friendships old and new. Ten events have been planned for 2020.


Tags: Catholic People's Week, Ellen Teague, David McLoughlin

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