The Bible, the Great War, and Remembrance
Wednesday 5th October, 10.00am-4.00pm
Remembrancetide is a challenging time of year for clergy and others who have to lead worship or preach. How do we both remember the past fallen and speak into the complexity of contemporary conflicts? How do we hold together our own theological perspective with the need to be a representative voice for the community? How do we meet so many diverse needs and expectations within that community?
The centenary of the First World War offers an opportunity to reflect on and reevaluate a period that still looms large in our national self-consciousness. One hundred years ago, as the world faced the horrors of total war, the Bible was a fundamental resource that helped Christians make sense of their experience. The way biblical texts were read then can be shocking to us now, but some of the fundamental questions were the same, as people attempted to hold together the seemingly impossible demands of national civic religion and the Christian witness for peace.
To look back at the way that faith and scripture worked for people a hundred years ago can help us reflect on the challenges we face today. In this study day we will take time to reflect on our current theology and practice of remembrance, to explore some key biblical texts about war and peace in the context of the Great War, and suggest ways in which thinking about that past can help refresh our worship and preaching as November 11 comes around again.
Read more about the research behind this study day.
Andrew Mein, Nathan MacDonald, Ally Barrrett
The study day costs £35 per person and includes lunch, teas and coffees.