Culture Short Courses in London

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  1. Christianity: a brief introduction

    Christianity: a brief introduction

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the origins and development of Christianity and its defining beliefs. We will look at the person of Jesus Christ, the Bible, the Church and key ideas such as the Trinity.
    Full fee: £59.00

  2. Introduction to biblical interpretation

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover and explore key principles in interpreting the Bible and apply them to key texts from the Old and New Testament.
    Full fee: £29.00

  3. 'Equal in God's sight but not in man's'?: women and the Christian church in the 19th century

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Women were the mainstay of the Christian Church. But denominations’ attitudes towards them varied notably regarding home/overseas mission and fears of ‘feminisation’. They were also divided over women’s demands for higher education and the franchise.
    Full fee: £29.00

  4. Introduction to Islam: historical emergence, current issues

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Dec 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course is about exploring Muslim history: What is Islam? Who is a Muslim? Explore these questions through a study of the Quran, the Prophet and the socio-political and religious developments in the early history of Muslims. You may discover that there is more than meets the eye.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. The Quakers: an introduction

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Quakers listen for the inner voice within that speaks truth and love, without making use of priests, ancient rituals or creeds. Find out why people today are re-discovering Quakerism.
    Full fee: £59.00

  6. 'In pursuit of peace': women and the peace movement in Britain, from the Crimean War to Greenham Common

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Women, both as individuals and through organisations, have played a major role in the modern British Peace Movement. Starting mid 19th century, the course explores pacifism, responses to imperial/world wars and opposition to nuclear arms.
    Full fee: £29.00

  7. Aspects of European cinema

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course introduces you to a range of themes in European cinema, such as art cinema, national cinema, movements and new waves, authorship, popular cinema and genre, while also exploring the key developments in European film history and a range of critical responses to its key films and directors.
    Full fee: £59.00

  8. Free thinking: the atheist mission in the 19th century

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Atheism in Britain pre-dates the 19th century but it was only then that it went on the offensive. The course explores why/how this was so alongside related diverse responses, legislation and wider political/cultural change.
    Full fee: £29.00

  9. Religions of India: what Jainism can teach us about peace and the environment

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Jain religion is non-theistic and believes in an everlasting soul and a material body. Its morality is based on non-violence and non-acquisition. The Jain aphorism ‘all life in interdependent’ is in tune with creating a peaceful and sustainable world.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. The myth, magic and mysticism of Kabbalah

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From its roots in Jewish mysticism, kabbalah has spread through Western culture, attracting everyone from magicians to alchemists to Madonna. We’ll explore the allure of kabbalah as we discuss its essential history, themes, and symbols.
    Full fee: £59.00

  11. Adam and Eve; Abraham, Sarah and Hagar; David and Bathsheba: stories and afterlives of biblical marriages

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course examines some of the literature which stemmed from well-known biblical stories about marriage, and considers how and why communities continued to engage with and rewrite biblical stories.
    Full fee: £59.00

  12. Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Leah and Rachel, Joseph and his brothers: stories and afterlives of biblical siblings

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course examines some of the literature which stemmed from well-known biblical stories of siblings, and considers how and why communities continued to engage with and rewrite biblical stories.
    Full fee: £59.00

  13. Creation, creature, creativity

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how poetic representations of the creation and the principle of creativity have evolved over 3000 years. Trace these themes from scriptural texts, through Shakespeare, Milton, Romanticism and up to the present day.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. Religion, ethics and modern life: assisted dying and Christianity

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore religious approaches to ethics, with a focus on sources and ideas from the Christian tradition, and apply these to the moral issue of assisted dying.
    Full fee: £29.00

  15. Upholding Christian civilisation?: religion, waging war and reconstructing society in Britain, 1939 - 1945

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Churchill sought victory to ensure ‘the survival of Christian Civilization’. The course explores this concept, alongside religion in wartime (including those denouncing certain RAF raids as anti-Christian) and how Christian thought influenced post war thinking.
    Full fee: £29.00

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