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Upcoming and past events in the School of Divinity or led by our academics.

Gunning Lectures

Gunning Lectures 'Gender and Emotions in a Hindu Epic'. 29 November,1 December, 5.15-6.30pm, Elizabeth Templeton Lecture Theatre
Professor Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad of Lancaster University delivers this year's Gunning Lectures

AI & Pastoral Care for Christian Churches

AI & Pastoral Care for Christian Churches. 30 November, 10am. General Assembly Hall, New College.
An academic Conference exploring the role AI can play in pastoral care

The Globalization of the Culture Wars? Religion, Gender, and Politics in the Public Square

The Globalization of the Culture Wars?  Religion, Gender, and Politics in the Public Square. 10 November 3.45-6.30pm
A colloquium engaging questions surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to remove women’s constitutional right to abortion in the United States

New College Festival - Books and Belief

New College Festival: Books and Belief
Following our highly successful literary festival the ‘Winter Tales’ in 2021, the School of Divinity, is delighted to host this year's event.

Professor Alison Jack's induction as Principal of New College

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Come along and join in the formal induction of Rev Professor Alison Jack as Principal of New College

"Beyond Bilal: Black History in Islam" - A Conversation with Imam Mustafa Briggs

New College Black History Lecture: "Beyond Bilal: Black History in Islam". 28 October, 4pm, General Assembly Hall.
Join us for this year's New College Black History Lecture where we host a conversation with Imam Mustafa Briggs about his new book, "Beyond Bilal: Black History in Islam."

Book Launch and Discussion: 'A Phenomenology of Indigenous Religions: Theory and Practice'

Book Launch and Discussion: 'A Phenomenology of Indigenous Religions: Theory and Practice'. 12 October, 4pm
A book launch, discussion and reception for James L. Cox's publication 'A Phenomenology of Indigenous Religions: Theory and Practice (Bloomsbury)'

New Resources for Lectionary Year A: A CPD event for Ministers and Worship Leaders

Colour head and shoulders images of Dr Anja Klein, Rev. Dr Nikki Macdonald and Dr Nathanael Vette
An interactive online CPD event for Ministers and Worship Leaders

A Service of Prayer and Reflection

A service of Prayer and Reflection, 16 September, 12.15pm, Assembly Hall
16 September, 12.15pm, Assembly Hall

New College Opening Lecture 2022-23

New College Opening Lecture for 2022-23, Thursday 15 September 2022, 2pm, Assembly Hall, New College
Dr Matthew Novenson delivers this year's New College Opening Lecture.

Whole School Research Seminar

Whole School Research Seminar. Tuesday 22 September 4-6pm, Elizabeth Templeton Lecture Theatre
We are delighted to invite you to the first Whole School Research Seminar of the academic year.

Book Launch: The Trials of Mary Johnsdaughter

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The Scottish Network for Religion and Literature is hosting a book launch for Christine De Luca's new novel

Book Launch: Paul, Then and Now

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An online book launch for Dr Matthew Novenson's new book 'Paul, Then and Now'

Book Launch: Narrative Visions and Visual Narratives in Indian Buddhism

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An online book launch for the volume 'Narrative Visions and Visual Narratives in Indian Buddhism' hosted by the Edinburgh Buddhist Studies Network

King of the Woods: Frazer's "Dying God," Christ, and the WWI Soldier in David Jones's In Parenthesis (1937)

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Dr Anna Svendsen will discuss how David Jones's work explores the relationship between the suffering of WWI soldiers, pre-Christian sacrificial figures, and the eternal sacrifice of Christ

'Helen Sutherland and David Jones: "orts, scraps and fragments"'

A hybrid lecture titled 'Helen Sutherland and David Jones: "orts, scraps and fragments"' delivered by Frances Spalding

2021-22 Gifford Lecture Series

The Gifford Lectures. Series of six lectures by Professor Susan Neiman. 2-12 May, 5.30pm. Lecture Theatre A, 40 George Square.
Professor Susan Neiman, Director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, delivers a series of six lectures titled 'Heroism for a time of victims'

Leadership in a Time of Change: A CPD Event for Ministers

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An interactive online CPD event for Ministers.

A Service of Christian Worship

New College, A service of Christian worship to mark the end of the teaching session. 8th April at 12.30 in the Assembly Hall
A service of Christian worship is held to mark the end of the teaching session

Islam and Evolution: A Hermeneutic Outlook

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A day conference on the topic of 'Islam and Evolution: A Hermeneutic Outlook'

Christ and the Poetic Imagination

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In this lecture, Revd Dr Malcolm Guite will explore the way Shakespeare’s account of the poetic imagination might offer some paradigms to help us explore the mystery of the incarnation, and how in turn the idea of incarnation might deepen our understanding of poetry. 

'Black, Gay, British, Christian, Queer'

Black, Gay, British, Christian, Queer: A lecture by Jarel Robinson-Brown. 1 April, 4pm, Rainy Hall
Father Jarel Robinson-Brown delivers a public lecture as part of this New College Pride event.

Women Remembered - An Online Talk with Helen Bond and Joan Taylor

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This Lent, Professors Helen Bond and Joan Taylor discuss their new publication 'Women Remembered: Jesus' Female Disciples'

Book Launch: Women Remembered

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Professor Helen Bond talks about her new book, 'Women Remembered: Jesus' Female Disciples', at Blackwell's Bookshop

Piercing the Clouds: Jessica Duchen in Conversation with Roxanna Panufnik

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Join music journalist and author Jessica Duchen as she speaks with internationally recognised composer Roxanna Panufnik about the spiritual and religious dimensions of her work as a composer.

A Walk Through the End of Time

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Join us for a rehearsed reading of a play by Jessica Duchen about Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, with student actors from the University of Edinburgh, Andy Holian and Diani Teixeira.

In conversation with…. Christine de Luca

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The Scottish Network for Religion and Literature hosts their next event in their 'In conversation with...' series

Imagination, Theology, and Literature

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Professor Paul Fiddes delivers the first annual lecture in honour of the late Professor DWD Shaw

"The Exodus Revisited: Islam, Liberation Theology, and the Biblical Meta-Narrative."

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Dr Shadaab Rahmetulla delivers a seminar at the Oxford Center for Religion and Culture

Edwin Morgan's A.D. A Trilogy of Plays on the Life of Jesus: In discussion with James McGonigal and David Jasper

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The Scottish Network for Religion and Literature is delighted to host a discussion between James McGonigal and David Jasper on Edwin Morgan's A.D. A Trilogy of Plays on the Life of Jesus.

“Who is the Buddha?” – New webinar series for teachers

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Join scholars Dr Naomi Appleton (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Chris Jones (University of Cambridge) for an informative and entertaining tour through Buddhist literature, ideas, and practices, and gain access to some new resources for teaching Buddhism in your own classroom

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