For the first week’s session, there will be a live Zoom discussion from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm UK time, on Wednesday, 2nd March (Ash Wednesday). All are welcome to join, but to access the Zoom discussions after that you need to sign up to the course. Here is the link to register for the Zoom discussion.

(You can access the recording of the first week’s Zoom session below).

During the first week, we consider questions to do with identity, meaning and faith in the context of different cultural contexts and personal experiences. We ask questions such as:

  • What role does experience play in the formation of identities?
  • How do religious and cultural contexts shape our interpretations and influence the meanings we give to life?
  • What is the relationship between individual identities and communal traditions?
  • What does it mean to think in terms of “narrative identity” and story telling in the context of such questions?

Please remember that the lectures include references to coursework and other aspects of the course which you can ignore, since these relate to students who sign up for the Certificate of Continuing Professional Development. We are offering the course as a resource for a wider audience.

You can download a PDF of the lecture with slides at this link.

YouTube Video of First Week’s Zoom Session

These are the three videos referred to at the end of this week’s lecture.

Leslye Colvin

(Alabama, USA)

Zuzanna Radzik


Gertrude Yema Jusufu

(Sierra Leone)