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Cranmer Hall, St John’s College,

3 South Bailey, Durham DH1 3RJ

All welcome at our next Explore Day on Thomas Cranmer with Revd Canon Ashley Null – 6 October, Leech Hall

Cranmer Hall Explore Day

Thomas Cranmer & the Bible: What it Meant for Him and What it Means for Us’

Led by Revd Canon Dr Ashley Null

co-sponsored by Durham University’s Centre for Anglican Studies

Leech Hall, St Johns College, Durham – Friday 6 October, 9.30 to 3.30

A study day led by the leading scholar Canon Dr Ashley Null, Humboldt University, Berlin and Visiting Fellow of St Johns College, Durham. The day will explore Cranmer’s context within the English Reformation, how new research helps us see him in a different light and how all this affects how we understand his theology of the eucharist. This day forms part of St Johns College’s commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and is co-sponsored by Durham University’s Centre for Anglican Studies. It is open to all.

Those who are not members of the university are very welcome to book for the day, at a charge of £10, which includes refreshments and lunch. Entry is free to all staff and students of Durham University, but staff and students who are not members of St Johns College must book a place and should pay £10 if they wish to have lunch.

To book a place, contact: ‘Cranmer Admin’ via:  cranmer.admin@durham.ac.uk.

Draft Programme

9.30 am Thomas Cranmer in Context: Cranmer’s Roots in the English Reformation

11 am Coffee

11.30 am New Light on Cranmer [showcasing Ashley’s new research on Cranmer]

1 pm Lunch

2 pm Cranmer and Communion: what he really Meant [co-sponsored by Cranmer Hall and the Centre for Anglican Studies]

3.30 pm Tea and close

Author of Thomas Cranmer’s Doctrine of Repentance: Renewing the Power to Love (Oxford 2000), the Rev’d Canon Dr Ashley Null is an internationally respected scholar on the  theology of the English Reformation. Holding research degrees from Yale and the University of Cambridge, Ashley has received numerous awards for his work, including Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships as well as being elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries in London. He currently holds a research post funded by the German Research Council at Humboldt University of Berlin and is a visiting fellow at the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University and St. John’s College, Durham University. His project is editing the private theological notebooks of Thomas Cranmer, the author of the independent Church of England’s founding formularies, for Oxford University Press. This is a five-volume project.

In addition to his scholarly activities, Ashley is an ordained Episcopal priest, Canon Theologian of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas, Theological Advisor to the ACNA Diocese of the Carolinas and Senior Fellow of the Ridley Institute of St. Andrew’s, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. He teaches regularly in seminaries and churches in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Australia. Finally, Ashley serves as a chaplain to elite athletes and coaches, helping them to integrate the Reformation’s emphasis on the unconditional love and grace of God with their vocation as professional sportspeople. He is the author of Real Joy: Freedom to be Your Best (Haennsler, 2004) and served for six years as chairman of the Major Event Chaplaincy Commission, a group which recommends Protestant chaplains for large international sporting events such as the Summer and Winter Olympics. Ashley himself is a three-time Olympic chaplain, most recently at London 2012.


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