Harry Potter talk at St Albans Cathedral
A Harry Potter talk is among the magical events planned at St Albans Cathedral’s Study Centre this autumn.
Autumn term at St Albans Cathedral’s award-winning Study Centre is set to inform, challenge and excite.
Lined up are talks on a range of topics from literature and history, to the relationship between science and the Christian faith.
To celebrate 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, on Thursday, December 7 there will be the opportunity to explore the theme of Biblical parallels in the Harry Potter novels in light of J K Rowling’s faith.
This fascinating talk, Tracing Faith in Harry Potter, is not to be missed and tickets are expected to sell fast, so early booking is advised.
The centre’s series of talks on the theme of science and faith will also continue into the autumn.
On Friday, November 17, the Revd Professor Nick Goulding, Diocesan Advisor for Faith and Science, will explore the controversial topic of prayer as a treatment for illness and whether there is any scientific evidence to support claims of healing through prayer.
The Cathedral this year celebrated a special anniversary: Matthew Paris 800.
A unique talk will take place on Monday, November 13 at 7.30pm exploring the 13th century monk and his Medieval manuscripts.
It will be given by Dr Alexander Devine and Dr Anne McLaughlin, librarians from the Parker Library, University of Cambridge.
They take care of Paris’ Chronica Maiora, an illuminated manuscript Chronicle which would have been created at St Albans Cathedral when it was still a Benedictine monastery.
Additional highlights include the annual Dean’s Lecture – Paul’s Religion – Rules or Relationship?, a poetry recital on the theme of Remembrance by the Ven Jonathan Smith, Archdeacon of St Albans, and the second lecture of a series by the Canon Philosopher, the Rev’d Dr Andrew Davison.
The Rev’d Kevin Walton, Canon Chancellor, said: “Our unique programme of courses and talks is open to people of any religious background or none, as we explore together important themes of faith and life. We hope to welcome many new people.”
• Tickets and the full programme of talks are available online at www.stalbanscathedral.org/learning or at the Cathedral box office.