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New lecture series commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a new series of lectures commemorating the historic event, will be held at Liverpool Hope University.

Dr Timothy O’Malley, Director of the Notre Dame Centre for Liturgy at Notre Dame University in Indiana, will lead the first lecture on Sacramental Poetry, the Reformation, and the Secular - a Reconsideration.

Speaking on Friday 17th March, he will challenge the idea that the rise of devotional poetry is not evidence for the anti-sacramental, and thus secular, nature of the Reformation.

Dr O’Malley said: “It’s important to consider the influence of the Reformation on today's society because of the precise moment in which the Reformation takes place: the advent of modernity.

“The Reformation, as experienced by both Catholics and Protestants, undoubtedly shapes how religious practice will be understood in future generations.

“The many forms of the Reformation introduce the problem of objectivity and subjectivity in religion. This problem between objectivity and subjectivity is something that religious people still deal with today in prayer, in religious practice, and in theology itself.”

Dr O’Malley will explore the work of three British religious poets of the Reformation and post-Reformation era; George Herbert, William Wordsworth and Christina Rossetti, to argue the sacramental nature of this poetry is a response to secularity.

The author of Liturgy and the New Evangelization: Practicing the Art of Self-Giving Love (Liturgical Press, 2014), is currently working on a monograph entitled On Praise: Worship and the Eschatological Imagination.

On Tuesday 9th May 2017 (5.30pm) Rev Dr Peter McGrail will talk about 'Victorians Exporting the English Reformation? The Anglo-Continental Association and Italian Church Reform.' Rev Dr Peter McGrail is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Theology, Philosophy and religious Studies at Liverpool Hope University. 

All are welcome to the free lectures, which will be held at 5.30pm in EDEN 019, Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Liverpool, L16 9JD. 


Tuesday 9th May

EDEN 019

Dr Peter McGrail (Liverpool Hope University) Victorians Exporting the English Reformation? The Anglo-Continental Association and Italian Church Reform

Thursday 1 June

Prof Daniel Jeyaraj (Liverpool Hope University) The Impact of European Reformations on India, and India's Reverse impact on Europe

Friday 13th October 2017

Prof. Peter Marshall (University of Warwick): Martin Luther and the Invention of the Reformation

Wednesday, 18th October

Dr Simon Podmore (Liverpool Hope University): The Rise and Fall of the Modern Self: A Lutheran Legacy in Philosophy and Theology?

Wednesday, 25th October

Dr Bridget Nichols (Visiting Scholar at Sarum College, Church of England representative on the Liturgy Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales).

Liturgy and scripture

Thursday 2nd November

Dr. Chrysostom  L. Frank (Regis University, A New Reformation (Together This Time!): Lutheran and Byzantine Christians for Ecological Justice

Wednesday 8th November

Dr Gergely Juhász (Liverpool Hope University): The Printed Bible and Its Reformation

Thursday 23 November 2017

Mgr Prof Paul McPartlan (Catholic University of America): The Eucharist in Contemporary Ecumenical Dialogue

Monday 27th November 2017

Prof. Alec Ryrie (University of Durham): Protestants: The Radicals who Made the Modern World


Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Published on 20/03/2018