Thomas Traherne (c.1637-1674), little regarded until the beginning of the 20th century, when his poems and Centuries of Meditation were published. He was sometimes dismissed as a rather fuzzy nature mystic, a sort of pre-Wordsworthian pantheist, but, thanks to the discovery of many new works in manuscript (itself an extraordinary story) we now see that he was a much more significant theologian and Christian writer than had been thought. Traherne has an Augustinian spirituality of desire, and, like Hopkins, sees the world as ‘charged with the grandeur of God.’ His poems, and even more his poetic prose, are a powerful expression of Sursum Corda! - Lift up your hearts!
Saturday, 30th May, 2015, 2.00 to 4.00 p.m, the Pusey House Chapel will celebrate its 100th anniversary year with a colloquium considering the architectural significance of the Chapel in relation to the University and the Oxford Movement. Evensong will follow the Colloquium.
Speakers will include the Rev’d Professor William Whyte, Fellow in History, and Dean, St John’s College, Oxford, on ‘Oxford, Gothic, and Education’, and Dr Ayla Lepine, Lecturer in Art History, University of Essex, ‘Towards a New Gothic Revival: Temple Moore's Sacred Medievalism at Pusey House’. The day will conclude with a Choral Evensong for the Eve of Trinity Sunday at 4 pm, at which Mr Geoff Brandwood, author of Temple Moore: An Architect of the Late Gothic Revival, will speak.
All the speakers will participate in the question and answer session at 3 pm, joined by John C Goom, architect and specialist in the care and conservation of historic buildings.
Please note: Pusey House Library will be closed from 30th March - 6th April.
The Library will open again as usual at 9.30 am on Tuesday 7th April.
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