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KLC Events

KLC hosts a whole variety of events as we seek to embody our vision of fostering and nurturing Christian scholarship and public theology, rooted in spirituality and practiced in community. Some of these events include our regular webinars and public lecture series, the monthly meetings of the KRC, our informal KLC Coffee Times, the quarterly meetings and Annual Meal of the four Scripture Collective Seminars, as well as our summer KLC Annual Conference hosted in liaison with our partners. 

Upcoming Events in 2024

Monthly Prayer Hour

Recurring Zoom Event: First Thursday of every month, 4PM UK time

Prayer is at the heart of KLC’s work. From October, under the leadership of Hugo Herfst, we will host an hour prayer meeting on the first Thursday of every month at 4pm UK time that is open to the whole KLC community.

March 2024

KLC Gathers For Lent

ZOOM EVENT: Thursday, 7 March 2024, 3:30-5:00PM UK time

KLC Gathers for Lent. The Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology intentionally roots academic activity in spirituality. We gather online on the first Thursday of every month. On March 7th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm UK, we invite you to join us for a special Lenten Gathering as we journey towards the celebration of the Resurrected Christ’s victory that extends to every square inch of God’s creation. That journey, however, should never sidestep or short circuit the reality of the cross, lest we cheapen the scope of Christ’s work in ourselves and in the world. 

Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar Event: How do we read Leviticus as Christian Scripture

ZOOM EVENT: Wednesday, 20 March 2024, 9:00PM UK time / 4:00PM EST

Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar presents: Reading Difficult Texts as Christian Scripture

2024 marks the start of a multi-year project titled Reading Difficult Texts as Christian Scripture. The focus for each year will be a particularly difficult biblical book or text, and each trimester we will host an online discussion to wrestle with different dimensions of reading the text as Christian Scripture. Our planned rhythm will be:

  • Trimester #1 (Feb/March): Hermeneutical—what are the obstacles to reading the given text as Christian Scripture and what tools best attune us to hear it as such?
  • Trimester #2 (June/July): Intertextual—how do connections to other places in the Bible and in reception history help us to hear the text as Christian Scripture? 
  • Trimester #3 (Sept/Oct): Formational—how do we live faithfully in response to the text today (in ordinary life, church life, and public life)?
  • SBL/IBR in November: The culmination of the year’s work will be brought to the annual meeting of the Scripture Collective at SBL/IBR. We will gather to summarize, reflect upon, and apply the work of the year in creative and interactive ways.

 

The difficult text we have chosen to wrestle with in 2024 is the Book of Leviticus. We invite you to join us for the online events (check the Kirby Laing Centre website: https://kirbylaingcentre.co.uk/events/ for updates) and to attend the culminating session at IBR in November 2024. 

On Wednesday 20 March, 9pm UK / 4pm EST, we invite you to join us for the first of our three online events:

How do We Read Leviticus as Christian Scripture: Hermeneutical Reflections

The program for the event is as follows:

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • “Rabbits and Rock Badgers! What on Earth Was Leviticus for?”— Dr A. J. Culp
  • “Leviticus as Jesus’ Theological Sourcebook”— Dr Dru Johnson
  • Discussion
  • Closing

June 2024

Annual KLC Conference in Cambridge: First Things First: Spirituality & Public Theology

IN PERSON EVENT: 11-13 JUNE 2024, Cambridge UK

This year we plan to host our first Annual KLC Conference. The aim is to establish a must-attend annual gathering that embodies our ethos: community – with great food and fellowship – rooted in spirituality, with intellectual rigour coram deo. We have chosen Tuesday to Thursday so that participants coming from overseas can come for the week if they so desire. Cambridge is a delight at this time of the year, and we warmly invite you all to attend. 

The theme for this year’s gathering is First Things First: Spirituality and Public Theology. Our aim at KLC is to accompany the Spirit on his mission, and in order to do this we need to attend in an ongoing fashion to spiritual formation. The journey in – spirituality – opens out to the journey out – our vocations in the world, and both are essential if we are to be salt and light. The gathering will include times of silence and worship, listening to one another’s stories, time for our hubs to gather as desired, rigorous exploration of the nature of public theology, and more. 

We have booked a venue that can seat 75. In order to help us plan well we need a good idea of how many of us plan to attend as soon as possible. We will do our best to keep costs low and once we know how many will attend we will finalise the venue and accommodation. If you are serious about attending please register here and then once we know the costs we will alert you and ask you to register and pay online. 

KLC was born amidst the pandemic and wonderfully we became global overnight as a result. A challenge now is for us to become deeply embedded in Cambridge, the UK, and Europe. Great news is that Otto Bam, our Arts Project Manager, will work fulltime for one year for us in Cambridge, from February. Part of his job will be to develop contacts across the city. We are grateful for electronic communication but, as we all discover, nothing replaces face to face contact. Do, therefore, consider joining us in June.

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