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Tell it Slant: Reading the Gospels from the Edges

  • Course Dates: Fri 12 June 2020, 10:00 am to Sun 14 June 2020, 3:00 pm

Emily Dickinson’s poem Tell all the Truth but tell it slant- suggests that truth must be approached from many angles, with time, for it to unfold.

This course will approach the gospel texts through many slant angles, allowing the queer, marginal and silenced voices to speak, to hold their own, and to engage in a theological project of truthtelling.

Taking well-known narratives from the gospel texts, this course will explore dynamics of power: power in composition, power in reception, power in the ways the texts have been proposed and preached. By engaging with a critical definition of power — namely creative power rather than bordering power — the group will then re-examine the gospel texts using new points of view: particularly the points of view of marginal characters in the narratives.

This course will blend storytelling, imaginative re-tellings, Ignatian meditation, narrative theology and etymology in order to open up radical meanings of inclusion that are part of the gospel witness. Bringing protest, prayer and poetry together in a practice that embodies an old commitment to theological enquiry, this course will as much of participants: asking them to question their own methodologies of reading, of power, and asking participants to share stories from their own lives in conversation (sometimes countering conversation) with the story of the text.

Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries
aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

Course Details

Fri 12 June 2020, 10:00 am
Sun 14 June 2020, 3:00 pm
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Sarum College

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and a theologian from Ireland and former leader of the Corrymeela Community.
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