In the footsteps of the early Roman Christians – Phoebe’s story. Speaker: Canon Dr Paula Gooder May 18 6pm-7pm BST In the footsteps of the early Roman Christians – Phoebe’s story Acclaimed New Testament Scholar, Dr Paula Gooder, will help us explore the world of the first Christians through the lens of her novel Phoebe. In this book, Paula explores who Phoebe may have been, the kind of life she lived and her first-century faith – and in doing so opens up St Paul’s theology, giving a sense of the cultural and historical pressures that shaped Paul’s thinking, and the faith of the early church. This online event is open to all friends of the Anglican Centre in Rome and their guests. There is no charge, but guests are invited to make a donation towards the work of the Centre. Dr Gooder read theology at Worcester College, Oxford, before completing her DPhil at The Queen’s College, Oxford. She was a tutor in biblical studies at Cuddesdon and later taught at The Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, an ecumenical theological college. After some years as an independent scholar and writer, she was appointed Director of Mission, Learning and Development for the Diocese of Birmingham in 2017. She is Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral, London, and until 2020 was a member of ARCIC III. Her other books include Searching for Meaning: An Introduction to Interpreting the New Testament and Journey To The Empty Tomb (Biblical Explorations). Please register via the Eventbrite link here The Centre’s Director, Archbishop Ian Ernest, will also join us to give an update on the Centre’s work this year. Whilst this is primarily an event for ACR Friends, we would be delighted to welcome guests, especially in the hope that they will become ACR Friends! Please spread the word and help us grow our Friends network through this event.