St John Henry Newman’s canonisation in October 2019 was a cause for wide ecumenical celebration for Catholics and Anglicans alike. Newman had already been beatified during Pope Benedict XVI’s State Visit to the United Kingdom in 2010. One of the most distinguished and influential figures of the nineteenth century, Newman’s wide-ranging work on topics including faith, revelation, the development of doctrine, the nature of the Church, and the role of conscience continues to be influential and relevant for Christians of many traditions.


This two-hour seminar, with three leading speakers from the Catholic, Anglican and Methodist traditions, prompts us to consider how the Church continues to draw upon Newman’s insights, and encourages us to develop his thinking in ways which are both faithful and creative to confidently meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. To what extent can Newman and his thought be considered a bridge between traditions? How does Newman propel us to deeper considerations of fundamental points of Christian teaching? How does his legacy inspire us to grow together?


Our three speakers, chaired by Westminster Abbey’s Canon Theologian, Dr Jamie Hawkey, will reflect on these topics from their own traditions, and will be happy to take questions from participants. As the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby wrote at the time of Newman’s canonisation, “His legacy is far broader than one church or two churches. It is a global legacy, a legacy of hope and truth, of the search for God.”

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Please join us on Monday 7th December, and register by emailing the Centre administrator on [email protected].