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G. Peter Kaye Lecture and Workshop with Janet Soskice

Join  President of Jesus College, Cambridge and Catholic Philosopher Dr. Janet Soskice as she explores how the names we use to pray affect the way we think of God in her talk "Speaking About God: Mercy Matters"

Pope Francis has recently written a book entitled The Name of God is Mercy. What’s in a name? When famously Moses asked God for a name at the burning bush, what answer did he get? , and can we continue to use the traditional names without presenting a remote, powerful deity?

This event is being presented by the Vancouver School of Theology in partnership with St. Mark's College

Event details

Date: February 2, 2018

Time: 7:00

Location: St. Mark's College, 5935 Iona Drive

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Dr. Janet Soskice:

Janet Soskice is currently President of Jesus College, Cambridge and Chair of the Faculty of Divinity of the University of Cambridge where she is Professor of Philosophical Theology.

Janet was born in western Canada and studied at Cornell and Sheffield, prior to doing a doctorate in the philosophy of religion at Oxford University. While the Gordon Milburn Junior Research Fellow and subsequently as a lecturer at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, she taught philosophy or religion, ethics and doctrine at Oxford University and philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. She is the first Roman Catholic woman to be a Professor of Theology at one of Britain’s ancient universities.

Professor Soskice is a past-President of both the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain and of the Society for the Study of Theology. She has been a visiting professor in Canada, Sweden and the United States and in 1997 was a McCarthy Visiting Professor at the Gregorian University in Rome. In 2014 she was awarded a DD, honoris causa, by the University of London (Heythrop College). She takes an active role in Jewish-Christian relations, Anglican-Roman Catholic ecumenical discussions and the Christian- Muslim dialogue.

She is currently a Director of the ‘Bible and Classical Antiquity in 19th century Culture’ project through CRASSH (the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities).

Professor Soskice is the author of Metaphor and Religious Language (O.U.P. 1984); The Kindness of God (O.U.P. 2007) and has edited (with Grant Gillett and K.W. Fulford), of Medicine and Moral Reasoning (C.U.P , 1994);with Diana Lipton, Feminism and Theology, Oxford Readings in Feminism (OUP, 2003) and with Carlo Cogliati, David Burrell, and W. Stoeger, Creation and the God of Abraham (Cambridge 2010), a collection which examines the doctrine of creation from nothing in Jewish, Christian and Muslim thought.

Her recent Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Lost Gospels (London: Chatto and New York: Knopf, 2009) was Book of the Week on Radio 4, in the Best Books of the Year lists of the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and the Library Journal. She takes an animated interest in questions of genre and form in theological writing and was a member of the Writers’ Workshop for Theologians, lead by Marilynne Robinson, at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton in 2010, and in 2011 was a judge of the Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing. Professor Soskice is a Patron of the Westminster College Appeal, a Trustee of the Tablet and and Honorary Fellow of Blackfriars, Oxford.

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Summer Institute

Ready to be inspired and kickstart your own learning? Take advantage of the St. Mark’s Summer Institute, where you will attend virtual classes in real-time over a three-week period and then have many weeks left in which to finish coursework at your own pace. New and returning students have the option of completing a Catholic Core course, an elective course, or both.

Courses run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 5-23, 2021. Students have until late August to complete their coursework.

The Summer Institute offers all who are interested - including those who work in education, parish ministry, healthcare, and other professions - the opportunity to engage deeply in reflection and discussion and earn course credits, in a more intensive format than the usual three-month term.

SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture (Fr. Nick Meisl)
Morning class, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Courses run weekdays from July 4-15, 2021.

Discover a basic introduction to Scripture for students without previous background in Scripture. This course covers both the Old and New Testaments in their own contexts, thematic parallels between them, and gives attention to how the Catholic intellectual tradition engages these textual traditions.

Afternoon class (Elective course) – More details to come

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Spotlight on student experience

"Deciding to take the Catholic Core Courses at St. Mark’s College, particularly during Covid-19, has been one of the smartest decisions of my life. At first, I felt some trepidation as I last undertook an academic course 9 years ago; however, the entire experience has been so positive and enlightening, I am delighted I did and would definitely encourage others to undertake them as well.

The learning environment is very collegial and supportive; in our classes, our contributions were always valued, not only by the professors, but also by our classmates. It is a wonderful way of learning from each other and forming new relationships. My teaching ministry will definitely be informed by my study at SMC: I am actually looking forward to sharing what I have learned with my students and colleagues. My faith life and appreciation of the liturgy has benefitted, too, from these studies on Scripture and Theology and the readings we have done in class; my choice of bedtime reading material now isn’t novels but the Bible and Apostolic Exhortations! Every Christian Education teacher should take the Catholic Core at St. Mark's College - it’s a great place to learn and grow in your faith!"

- Ann Marie McGrath, Educator
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SUMMER INSTITUTE FAQ


Is it required that I come to Vancouver for the Summer Institute courses?

No. Attending classes virtually is always an option we offer to students who live outside of Metro Vancouver.
This year, due to COVID-19, all students will be taking their Summer classes virtually through live online courses.

Synchronous, asynchronous, online, virtual, Zoom. So many new terms - how will my classes be offered?

Many people hear “online class” and think of a series of pre-recorded lectures and online interaction with no real-time interaction with a human. That’s not how our courses are offered.

Your classes will be virtual. The live online courses taking place in a digital classroom with real-time instruction and opportunities for face-to-face interaction with your professor and classmates.

Classes run on weekdays for three weeks in July on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be a daily live lecture and class time. There may be required readings before each class and most other coursework is completed after classes end. You will have until late August to complete papers and other coursework.

Throughout the course you will be interacting with your professor and fellow classmates.

How do I access my online courses?

St. Mark’s College uses an online learning platform through UBC called Canvas. After you have registered for the course, you will be contacted by the Registrar's Office with instructions for accessing your course materials. If you have questions, please contact Chisom Onwuli at [email protected].

Will I be able to talk to my instructor and classmates?

Yes. The course design and video software allows for two-way interaction. You will be able (even encouraged) to interact with your professor and classmates and engage in discussions.

What is the cost of taking a Summer Institute course?

The Summer Institute courses are full 3-credit courses. The tuition cost can be found on the Tuition and Fees webpage.

As many of our students previously paid tuition in person, there are also special instructions on how to pay tuition during COVID-19.

How do I get the readings and books for my courses?

The list of required textbooks can be found through the online textbook list.

Readings may be shared directly by your professor or accessed through the libraries of St. Mark’s College and UBC.

Do I qualify for admission?

We have admission categories to accommodate various backgrounds including those with no previous post-secondary education, or those who wish to take classes as “auditing students” without going through the full application process. Visit our Admission Requirements webpage for more information.

If you’d like to speak to someone about starting your studies with St. Mark’s College, email [email protected].

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille
Email: [email protected]



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