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Empathy and the Experience of Faith

  • Course Dates: Fri 9 November 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Using examples from literature, poetry, theology and film, this day will explore the idea that the shared experience of vulnerability, of woundedness, lies both at the heart of what it is to be human, and at the root of Christian faith.

For Christians, faith is not a cognitive faculty, or a heard demand for obedience, or adherence to a law; it is an elicited response to the call to love. Ultimately, we are commanded, not to know or to obey, but to love. So empathy – how we imaginatively and lovingly relate to and share in the wounded condition of others – is the essence of a Christian life, and a prerequisite for all human creativity. Empathy, we find, is a crucial element in the deep grammar of fallen nature, faith and human flourishing.

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Fri 9 November 2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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Colin Heber-Percy is a priest in the Church of England, a professional screenwriter, and an academic. He works as a priest in the Vale of Pewsey Team, in the rural north east of Salisbury Diocese. His screenwriting work (mainly for television) has won many awards and been shown all over the world. In 2012 he wrote the BBC’s Easter drama, The Preston Passion. He continues to lecture and publish on spirituality, mission, and the relationship between faith and culture. He has taught at King’s College, London, the Royal College of Art, and the School of Advanced Studies in London, amongst others.
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£60, includes lunch and refreshments