Rev. Dr. Jonathan Watts, John Wesley Professor of Homiletics and Biblical Studies, recently visited Oxford University in order to facilitate his work on his new text, The Ethical Dilemmas in Genesis: From Failure to Grace. While in Oxford Dr. Watts met with Rabbi Dr. Norman Solomon, Professor of Judaica at the GTF and member of Wolfson College of Oxford University and of the Oxford University Teaching and Research Unit in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, to discuss his work.
Dr. Watts also met with Dr. Mark Chater, Director of Culham St Gabriel’s Trust, Kellogg College, Oxford. They spent the better part of an afternoon discussing the elements of Religious Education and on the topic of the educational attributes of Jesus. Themes of Jesus as a successful teacher, a teacher whose message was not accepted, and His struggle to paint the celestial images in human terms were also discussed.
Dr. Watts concluded his recent trip to Oxford by spending time at the Bodleian Library, which was established in 1602. It is adjacent to the Radcliffe Camera, which was built in the 1740s as Oxford’s Science Library. This trip marked his seventh visit to Oxford.
Rev. Dr. Jorge Colon, Fellow and Rev. François-Xavier Durrwell, C.Ss.R., Professor of Theology, spent the month of June at Princeton Theological Seminary as Visiting Scholar, doing research on Christology, and updating all of his GTF course syllabi. Rev. Dr. Colon offers many e-tutorials for the GTF in both Spanish and English.
The Rev. Dr. Marlene Kropf, Fellow and William B. Oglesby, Jr. Professor of Pastoral Theology, led her 8th Celtic Pilgrimage from June 10-27, 2016, to Celtic sites in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Sixteen pilgrims visited Iona, Holy Island (Lindisfarne), Durham, Downpatrick, Kildare, Moone, Glendalough, and concluded the pilgrimage in Dublin with a visit to Trinity College to view the illuminated Book of Kells. A variety of presenters met with pilgrims along to the way to discuss Celtic spirituality and theology, both ancient and modern. Several “quiet days” punctuated the journey, offering pilgrims an opportunity to reflect on and integrate their experiences and learning.