When you come to The Abbey Summer School, you have two main registration options. You can register only for the Chapterhouse, our main programming, or you can register for the Chapterhouse + the Library course, which is an additional course that begins earlier in the week and then dovetails with our main programme – great for interested laypersons and clergy on study leave.*
Jesus’ Humanity and Ours: The poetry of everyday life
(6 - 8 JUNE)
Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. (Romans 12:1-2, The Message)
In a culture of exceptionalism and Instagram perfection, what might it mean to recognize our common life as “a spiritual act of worship?” What does the humanity of Jesus have to teach us about the way that God works? How might the kingdom of God break through in (and not despite) the sacred ordinary? With Julie Canlis, Malcolm Guite and a number of workshop leaders, let us together take a closer look at the glory of everyday life and call it "good."
Explorations in the Art & Joy of Hearing the New Testament
(5 - 7 JUNE)
The Library course can be taken in addition to the main Chapterhouse. Consider this the Reading Room of The Abbey, for those who want something a bit more intensive. Registering through us is for simple audit – just come and hear the lectures! – but if desired, this course can also be taken for graduate credit through Regent College (Vancouver, BC). It will meet all day on Wednesday (5 June), and during the workshops block of the Chapterhouse on 6-7 June.
For this year’s Library course, we are excited to offer a class with Prof. George Guthrie on the art and joy of hearing the New Testament. The course invites the participants to consider the beauty and power of God's good communication to us in the Bible, in particular the New Testament, probing what it means to read the Bible well in order to live more effectively for Christ in the world.
Wednesday, 5 June: The beauty of a God who speaks
Wednesday, 5 June: The shaping of a people who listen
Wednesday, 5 June: Engaging the Bible as a grand story
Thursday, 6 June: Hearing the varied literatures of the New Testament better
Friday, 7 June: Integrating biblical truth with everyday life