The CCS has created a large collection of recent talks, some of which are available as videos and others of which are available as audios. The audios can be accessed via Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and the videos are available via the CCS’s YouTube channel.
Resources from 2019’s Franciscan Legacy Conference
In 2019, the CCS hosted the Franciscan Legacy conference, bringing together members of the Franciscan family, theologians, historians, and others to explore the continuing significance of St Francis and Franciscan traditions. Audios from the conference are available on Soundcloud, including talks by Ilia Delio, Mona Siddiqui, and John McCafferty. Some of the other papers are available as pdfs – the full programme is here and if you would like to a request a paper, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CCS has created two pioneering academic Chairs, each of which commit 20% of their time to community outreach and engagement:
The Bede Chair
The Bede Chair in Catholic Theology stands in a special relationship to the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. The Bede Professor serves as theological advisor to the Bishop, speaks at diocesan and parish level events, and engages with teachers and students in the Diocesan school system. Recent talks from Karen include:
The St Hilda Chair, specialising in Catholic Social Thought and Practice, works with faith based organisations, policy makers, activists, social entrepreneurs and Church groups (among others). Recent resources by Anna include:
For Our Welfare and Not For Our Harm. Report by Dr Anna Rowlands, in collaboration with the Jesuit Refugee Service UK, finds that asylum seekers in destitution and detention feel dehumanised by the asylum system but find strength through community membership, faith and volunteering.
Covid-19 Resources: Thoughts on the Pandemic
CCS members offer some thoughts about the pandemic - some words of hope, consolation, food for thought and more.
Co-curation of Narratives of Resilience, a podcast featuring research from the History Department on human responses to crisis and disaster
Two-Year Patristic Lectionary
A 'patristic lectionary' is a series of readings from the fathers (in Latin patres) of the Church. Here we make available a two-year patristic lectionary initially edited by Stephen Mark Holmes (University of Edinburgh School of Divinity) and subsequently re-edited and formatted by Michele Freyhauf (Durham University); for Pluscarden Abbey, Scotland. The aim of this two-year patristic lectionary is:
To have each patristic reading either related to the Scripture reading or to the season of the Church's year.
To have a reading for every day of the Temporal cycle (i.e., including days such as Christmas, Ascension, Sacred Heart).
To have the vast majority of the 'patristic' readings from the Fathers of the Church, although following medieval precedent writers such as Origen have been included. This gives it ecumenical value.
To use readings from the one year cycle in the Divine Office and the two year cycle of Word in Season whenever possible.
To include the texts of a complete two-year Scripture cycle, as approved by the Holy See, for use with the patristic readings.