What is the course about?
The course outlines the life and achievements of each bishop, together with the context and significance of the various controversies and longer-term consequences associated with them.
What will we cover?
BELL: as champion of ecumenism, adult education and the Arts (for example background to using a Cathedral to stage plays and commissioning Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral); involvement in anti-Nazi movements and hostility toward Allied bombing of Germany
STOCKWOOD: radicalism as priest and bishop, notably champion of (1960s)‘South Bank religion’ as Bishop of Southwark; social and political beliefs (an ardent socialist who was expelled three times from the Labour Party); early advocate of women’s ordination
ROBINSON: academic and priestly career; appointment as (suffragan) Bishop of Woolwich by Bishop Stockwood in 1959; most radical and renowned priest 1960s Britain especially as champion of the unexpurgated version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and witness for the defence in the subsequent trial; Robinson’s writings, notably Honest to God and the ensuing reactions.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- the life and contributions of each bishop in relation to the conduct and thinking of the Christian Church in England and beyond
- the impact and legacy of each bishop on national life.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to all with an interest in the subject. No prior knowledge is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The half day course is a mix of tutor presentation and discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Pen and paper for any optional note taking.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details