Lent Tern 2022: Christ in the Wilderness

At most of our Choral Evensong this term we will hear sermons reflecting on Stanley Spencer's Christ in the Wilderness series of paintings.  For copyright reasons we are not able to reproduce the paintings, so this page provides a link for each painting in the series so that you can browse them at your leisure including during the relevant Chapel Services.  On 30th January we will be celebrating Candlemas, and the sermon that evening will feature Rembrandt's Simeon in the Temple.

He Departed into a Mountain to Pray (23rd January) - Preacher: The Chaplain

Simeon in the Temple (30th January) - Preacher: The Chaplain
In a break from our Stanley Spencer series, though not from art, the Chaplain reflects on Rembrandn't great, late work as part of our reflection on the Feast of Candlemas.

The Hen (6th February) - Preacher: The Rev'd Dr Nicholas Cranfield
Canon Cranfield was a Fellow of Selwyn College from 1992 until his present appointment (1999) as Vicar of Blackheath All Saints’ (Southwark). In Cambridge he was Dean of Chapel and an associate lecturer in the History Faculty. For the past twenty five years he has been regular Arts Correspondent for the Church Times.

Rising from Sleep in the Morning (13th February)  - Preacher: The Rev'd Petra Shakeshaft
Originally a professional artist, Petra Shakeshaft worked in parish ministry at St John's, Hills Road, and then in the benefice of Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton, Petra Shakeshaft is currently a member of the Chaplaincy team at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

The Scorpion (20th February) - Preacher: The Rev'd Dr Michael Volland, Principal of Ridley Hall Theological College, CambridgeMichael's first degree was in Fine Art, and his doctoral and subsequent research has focused on missional entrepreneurship in Christian ministry. With a background in youth ministry and military chaplaincy, Fresh Expressions and Parochial ministry, Michael's passion for contextual theological education and character formation shapes his current role at Ridley Hall. 

Consider the Lilies (27th February) - Preacher: The Rev'd Professor Ben Quash
Ben Quash is Professor of Christianity and the Arts at King's College, London.  He studied both English and Theology at Cambridge, followed by doctoral work on the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar. He has Chaplain and Fellow at Fitzwilliam, and Dean of Peterhouse, as well as teaching in the Cambridge Theological Federation for several years, before moving to KCL in 2007.  In addition to theology and the arts, he has a particular interest in interfaith work and scriptural reasoning.

Driven by the Spirit into the Wilderness (6th March) - Preacher: The Rev'd Dr Julie Gittoes
The Revd Dr Julie Gittoes is Vicar of St Mary's and Christ Church, Hendon and Area Dean of Barnet. She is enjoying getting to know North London - working with Barnet Multi Faith Forum, Middlesex University and others across churches/voluntary groups across the Borough. She was ordained in St Paul's in 2003 having trained for ordination alongside post-graduate studies in Cambridge. She has experience of parish ministry in west London and cathedral ministry in Guildford (where she was responsible for education, public engagement and art). Julie continues to teach and write on theology, including marriage and singleness, and is a member of the Society for the Study of Theology. Other interests include politics, film, theatre, art and fiction.

The Foxes have Holes (13th March) - Preacher: The Chaplain