Celtic Christianity is becoming such a popular concept it is almost impossible to avoid, whether that be books, music, art, or jewellery. There are also a growing number of churches putting on ‘Celtic’ services. But what exactly is Celtic Christianity? Where did it come from and what does it mean to us in the modern church.
The Community of Aidan & Hilda, a Celtic inspired New Monastic Community, are putting on a week long Celtic Summer School in Durham in August 2019 as part of their 25th anniversary year.
The summer school has some excellent and well known teachers and authors of Celtic Christianity coming to speak, as well as music from some great Celtic musicians, and Celtic art workshops led by Mary Fleeson of Lindisfarne Scriptorium.
Over this week in August you will discover, through the talent of experienced authors and speakers, a broad stretch of wisdom and knowledge on the topic. As Dr Ian Bradley, one of our speakers, says ‘...how should Celtic Christianity be defined? Certainly not, as it sometimes seems to be, as a broad family or grouping of Christians like Catholic, Orthodox or Protestants... Nor should it be seen as a separate denomination like Anglicanism, Presbyterianism or Methodism... Rather we are dealing with something which is highly heterogeneous, with different expressions in different places and at different times. It is better defined geographically, linguistically and temporally, as the Christianity practiced by those living in the Celtic speaking regions of the British Isles [and Ireland] over a particular timescale.’ So it can be said that ‘...the term Celtic can be useful today to help identify a certain collection of peoples, tribes, and kin. Even though there may have been differences in their specifics, there are enough similarities to enable us to see a connection – which, if true for the people, would also follow when speaking of the ‘Celtic’ [Christians]. Although there were, historically, differences... there are enough similarities to enable us to see a connection... When it comes to Celtic Christianity, we are speaking of a distinct style and expression of the Christian faith which reflected the life and community of these ‘Celtic’ people groups.’
The summer school is using different churches in Durham city centre, as well as the Cathedral, as venues for these exciting talks. With three talks a day, and a weekend full of activities available to choose from, this week will be something not to miss!!!
Come along and discover much more of this rich and fascinating topic.
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE
The program is as follows:
Wednesday 7th : at St Godric’s Catholic church
Pm 1: David Cole – Introduction - with music from Julie Cameron Hall & Nigel Cameron
Pm 2: Ray Simpson - Celtic Christianity – 12 criticisms, 12 keys
Thursday 8th : at St. Oswald's Church
Am: Ray Simpson - A Way of Life as life-long discipleship
Pm 1: Ash Barker - Celtic Christianity in a multicultural society
Pm 2: Ken McIntosh - The Bible through Celtic Eyes
Friday 9th : at Elvet Methodist
Am: Ash Barker - New Monasticism in an Urban context
Pm 1: Penny Warren – Contemplation in the Celtic Tradition
Pm 2: Ken McIntosh - The Celtic view of the work of the Cross of Christ
Saturday 10th – evening concert – Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear at Cathedral
Sunday 11th – an evening with Andy & Anna Raine at Cathedral
Monday 12th : at Elvet Methodist
Am: Simon Reed - Living a Way of Life in a Local Church Context
Pm 1: Simon Reed & Graham Booth - Soul Friendship
Pm 2: Graham Booth - The Celtic Way of Prayer
Tuesday 13th : at St. Oswald's Church
Am: Ian Bradley - The Celtic Way for Today
Pm 1: Ian Bradley - Dispelling Myths of Celtic Christianity
Pm 2: Greg Valerio - Celtic Christianity and Connection to Creation
Wednesday 14th : at St Godric’s Catholic church
Am: Greg Valerio - Celtic New Monastic expressions in a rural context
Pm 1: David Cole - Conclusion
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE
 Bradley, Ian. Following the Celtic Way – a new assessment of Celtic Christianity. Dartman, Longman & Todd Publishing. 2018. Pg21
 Cole, David. 40 Days with the Celtic Saints – devotional readings for a time of preparation. BRF Publishing. 2017. Pg7-8