We are delighted to have Dr Paula Gooder with us for a Parish Study Day at St Mary’s on the subject of ‘Heaven’. Paula is an internationally acclaimed writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. Her research areas include the writings of Paul the Apostle (with a particular focus on 2 Corinthians), New Testament Interpretation and the development of Ministry in the New Testament Period. Her passion is to ignite people’s enthusiasm for reading the Bible today.
She is the Theologian in Residence for the Bible Society and also holds a number of honorary positions such as Canon Theologian of Birmingham and Guildford Cathedrals, Lay Canon at Salisbury Cathedral, a Six preacher of Canterbury Cathedral, Vice president of the Bible Society, Visiting lecturer at King’s College, London, and Associate lecturer both at St Mellitus College, London and at Trinity College, Bristol. She is a Reader in the Church of England and a member of General Synod.
Reviewers said:’Here is a fine example of careful biblical scholarship made accessible and exciting.’Peter Cornwell, Times Literary Supplement; ‘Paula Gooder once again shows an extraordinary ability to offer top class biblical scholarship in an accessible form. She makes a complex topic interesting and surprisingly relevant.’ Professor Christopher Rowland, University of Oxford.
Paula is a passionate and engaging speaker. This really is an opportunity not to be missed!
Programme for the Day
10.30 to 11.30 am Pie in the Sky? Heaven in the Bible
11.30 to 12 noon Coffee
12 to 1pm Resurrection of the Body:the development of an idea
1pm to 2pm Lunch (bring your own)
2 to 3pm Between death and resurrection: Where are the dead now?
Whilst you would gain most from attending the whole day, it is perfectly possible to come to one or two sessions.