When: 3rd to 10th October 2020

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19: Many apologies

Thinking Scripture

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19: Many apologies




The Gift of Scripture

Our regular course led by Dr Geoffrey Turner, Fr Richard Taylor and Sr Margaret Atkins.

We will be focusing on the Second Isaiah, Ezekiel and Jeremiah. A great way to celebrate the Year of the Word!

God’s word comes to us in human form: in Jesus Christ and in human language, understood through human reason. Therefore we need to read the Scriptures both prayerfully and systematically, asking ‘How were they written?’ and ‘How should we interpret them?’
Thinking Scripture has been running since 2006. During the week, through lectures, discussion and reflection, we shall explore the different ways that we, as an informed believing community, might read and understand these texts.
It will be taught by Catholics, but open to Christians of any denomination, and to anyone else who is seriously interested in learning more about the Scriptures.


An opportunity

  • to make like-minded friends
  • to enjoy a weekend together in beautiful surroundings
  • to think seriously about the scriptures
  • to pray and reflect

A chance to study Scripture

  • as literature
  • as history
  • as theology
  • through lectures
  • through reading and discussion

Trips and other activities in beautiful surrounding:

  • Free time for relaxing or conversation
  • Two expeditions, including one to the Lake District
  • Films or socialising in the evenings

Prayer and liturgy:

  • Daily Mass
  • Morning, Evening and Night Prayer from the Prayer of the Church
  • Opportunities for quiet reflection

Who will teach it?

Sr Margaret Atkins taught theology in Leeds for ten years and joined the community at Boarbank in 2005. She has a particular interest in Augustine and Aquinas, and in ethics.

Dr Geoffrey Turner was for many years Head of Theology at Trinity and All Saints, Leeds. He has taught and written on a range of New Testament and other theological themes. He has recently published a book on St Paul, The Paul of Surprises.

Fr Richard Taylor studied at Louvain and the École Biblique in Jerusalem before beginning his teaching career at Ushaw College and Durham University. He has lectured for many years in Rome, where he taught courses on scripture and on ecumenism. Fr Taylor has taught as a visiting lecturer in many parts of the world.

Costs for the course:

To secure a place please send a deposit of £50 (cheques payable to ‘Boarbank Hall’).

Standard prices apply for our Guest House per night (full board and lodging), (CLICK HERE for details) and we would also ask for a donation to help with course costs, speakers etc, as you are able and think appropriate.

Payment by donation only is available to students, the low-paid or anyone who needs it to attend. Please don’t hesitate to ask!

For more information please contact SR MARGARET