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Ambrose of Milan: Prayer, Preaching and the Pastoral Care in the 4th Century
- Course Dates: Wed 22 April 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Ambrose is mentioned in passing but not much attention is paid to him in his own right.
So what did Ambrose teach and how did he live? What was his role in the emerging church of the fourth century?
Why would you come on a study day on Ambrose?
Ambrose is mentioned in passing but not much attention is paid to him in his own right. Augustine arrived in Milan a Manichean heretic and left a baptised Christian which he attributed to Ambrose. So what did Ambrose teach and how did he live? What was his role in the emerging church of the fourth century? On this day you can expect direct encounters with Ambrose and also ordinary people of the time through writings and the material culture from the period. So much of what was going on is relevant to our day – come and join a conversation about the nature of ministry, mission and the Church’s role in society.
After an introduction with slides to Ambrose and his world, we will go on to consider the key topics of use of Scripture, pastoral practice and the newly arrived monastic movement in the West.
Participants in this day can expect to:
• Learn something about the 4th-century context and how it informs our own.
• Gain a glimpse into the beginnings of several spiritual and ministerial practices we take for granted and thus help us to understand and re-examine our assumptions.
• Experience an encouraging and spiritually attractive tradition which is currently little known about but has much to say to us in our times.
Appeals to those interested in history, spirituality, Bible, and ministry.