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‘Amazing Grace’: Literature & Faith

14th August 2018 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm


Please join us for a Study Day with Joyce Simpson at Parcevall Hall to explore themes of renewal, spiritual friendship and mission in the life journeys of John Newton, William Cowper, and William Wilberforce. A central focus will be the Olney Hymns (1779), the fruit of collaboration between Newton and Cowper. These hymns, including ‘God moves in a mysterious way’ and ‘Glorious things of Thee are spoken’, were written for weekly meetings in the parish of Olney, Buckinghamshire, and are representative of themes foregrounded by the 18th century Evangelical Movement. One of the Olney Hymns has become reputedly the most famous hymn in the world: ‘Amazing Grace’.

Joyce Simpson, former Head of Humanities at Leeds Trinity University, enjoyed many years introducing students to the delights of poetry, novels and plays in the hope that they might discover in depth the joy of creative encounter with language and literature, and be encouraged to set sail on their own spiritual quests. Now, in retirement, she takes pleasure in sharing her thoughts and insights with fellow voyagers from different walks of life.

Arrival at 10am.  Departure at 8pm.  Morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and evening meal are included in the price.

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14th August 2018
10:00 am - 8:00 pm