Lectures in Radical Christian Faith - Revd Canon Mark Oakley
On The Splash of Words (2016), the poet Imtiaz Dharker said “Dipping in to this book, the spirit is cleansed in the sparkle of language”, and from Andrew Motion: “Mark Oakley has a strong sense of language as sacrament, a sharp eye for telling phrases and a warm heart with which to return echoes”.
we look forward to listening to what our speaker has to say
- Start Date:
- Saturday 5th October 2019
- Start Time:
- The Church at Carrs Lane, Carrs Lane, Birmingham, B4 7SX
- 0121 643 6151
- 0121 643 6151
- Revd Canon Mark Oakley: theologian, poet, author, broadcaster, campaigner and inspiring speaker
- Carrs Lane Church
- £15 coffee and tea will be available all day
Our speaker: Mark Oakley
The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley is Dean of Chapel at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he oversees worship, the activities of the choirs and also carries a pastoral responsibility for members of the college community. He was formerly Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral where he had been ordained in 1993. His early ministry was in London, including four years’ service as Chaplain to the Bishop of London and then, in 2005, he became Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe. He is also a Deputy Priest in Ordinary to HM The Queen, and a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College, London.
He is a passionate campaigner for social justice and human rights, receiving one of the first National Hate Crime Awards in 2016 for his work amongst minority groups. He is an ambassador for the charity Stop Hate UK as well as being a Trustee of several bodies including Liberty. He was described by Baroness Chakrabarti, former Director of Liberty, as “a great man of faith, hope and humanity”.
It would be an understatement to say Mark has a way with words! As well as an engaging speaker, his writing is inspirational and accessible. The Collage of God (2001), a best-seller, was widely praised as ‘a book that captures the intellect and the imagination’ (Theology in Scotland) and ‘a book about the spiritual that radiates laughter’ (The Tablet).
On The Splash of Words (2016), the poet Imtiaz Dharker said “Dipping in to this book, the spirit is cleansed in the sparkle of language”, and from Andrew Motion: “Mark Oakley has a strong sense of language as sacrament, a sharp eye for telling phrases and a warm heart with which to return echoes”. we look forward to listening to what our speaker has to say 10.00: Registration and refreshments 10.30: Welcome and introduction to the day 10.45: Lecture: The Collage of God: Faith, Doubt and Guessing at God
11.30: Comfort break
11.45: Lecture: Poetry: The Native Language of Faith
12.30: Time for questions and answers 13.00: Lunch 14.00: Lecture: Are You Sitting Comfortably? The Art of Unease and the Spiritual Life
15.00: Time for more questions 15.45: Closing remarks 16.00: Finish and book signing
Books by Mark Oakley will be available for sale on the bookstall and Mark will be happy to sign them for you!