All Thursday Lectures start at 7.30 pm
Venue: ESSEX CHURCH
112 PALACE GARDENS TERRACE, LONDON W8 4RT
Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate (four minutes walk)
Entrance fee for each Thursday Lecture is £15 (concessions £9); Guild members free entry
The fee is payable on the door and includes a glass of wine after the lecture so please stay, and enjoy!
Members of The Guild have free admission to all lectures and reduced rates for additional events.
The membership year runs from September to August. Fee £50, reductions for country, joint and student members.
For full details of membership benefits, contact our Administrator: Val Nurse, telephone 01553 849 849
Thursday 6th FEBRUARY
Modern Paganism and Witchcraft
Speaker: Prof. RONALD HUTTON
Over the past sixty years Paganism has emerged as one of the most important and sensational clusters of newly appeared religions in the modern world, and witchcraft as the most important single component within it. This talk is intended to introduce people who have only slight acquaintance with such religions to their basic varieties, their nature, similarities and differences. It is also designed to interest those who possess deeper knowledge by making analyses and comparisons, which may highlight unfamiliar aspects, and deepen an appreciation of their nature.
Ronald Hutton is Professor of History at the University of Bristol, where he has worked since 1981, after serving as Fellow of an Oxford college. He is the author of fifteen books and sixtyfive essays, and a Fellow of four learned societies. He regularly features in newspapers, television and on the radio.
Thursday 6th MARCH
Writing from Darkness
Speaker: SUSAN TIBERGHIEN
Imagine writing from darkness, from the night. We will take a few steps along the path of those who have written from darkness, reading excerpts from Hildegard of Bingen, St. John of the Cross, and Ettie Hillesum. We will look at how C.G. Jung wrote from darkness in The Red Book and we will see how we can effectively imagine writing from our own night.
Susan Tiberghien is an American-born writer living in Geneva, Switzerland. She holds a degree in Literature and Philosophy and is the author of three memoirs: Looking for Gold, A Year in Jungian Analysis; Circling to the Center, An Invitation to Silent Prayer; Footsteps, A European Album, and most recently the bestselling book, One Year to a Writing Life, Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer’s Art and Craft.
Thursday 1st MAY
The Satanic State
Speaker: CAROL LEADER
In his final completed work, Illustrations of the Book of Job, the artist and visionary William Blake gives an elegant summary of his philosophy concerning ‘the state of Satan’ and its connections with destructiveness, imagination and the inner world. The ‘state of Satan’ continues to be of central im-portance to humanity today because it confronts us with perennial personal and social questions about the nature of evil. Carol Leader will engage with Blake’s response to ‘Satan’ and will make links with Jung’s concept of The Shadow.
Carol Leader is a senior member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation and a member, training therapist and supervisor for the Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy. She supervises both supervi-sors and MA students at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation. Formerly a successful actor and presenter, Carol lectures and teaches in a variety of settings and consults in business and the arts
Thursday 5th JUNE
Jesus and the Goddess: The secret teachings of the original Christians
Speaker: TIM FREKE
The Gnostic myths of Jesus and the Christian Goddess Sophia will be explored, suggesting they are initiation allegories that symbolise the path to the mystical state of gnosis. A revolutionary new understanding of the true message of ancient Christianity will be suggested, which can still bring profound transformation to us today.
Tim Freke is a philosopher and the author of more than 30 books that have been translated into 15 languages, including The Jesus Mysteries co-authored with Peter Gandy, which was a top 10 international bestseller and Daily Telegraph 'Book of the Year'.
Thursday 2nd OCTOBER
Mary Magdalene - a Symbol of Evolving Consciousness
Speaker: PENNY CULLIFORD
In recent years the image we have of Mary Magdalene has come into question as historians and theologians have revisited ancient texts and early church history. She has been portrayed as a prostitute, penitent sinner and devoted follower of Christ. The extraordinary success of Dan Brown's book, The Da Vinci Code, where she was claimed to be the bride of Christ, seems to mirror a collective need for a change in our relationship to the divine feminine. This talk will explore the role of her evolving image as an expression of this changing consciousness, which can be understood in the alchemical process as the transformation of the unconscious hermaphrodite / monstrous couple into a conscious androgyne as represented by the sacred marriage.
Penny Culliford is a professional Member of the Association of Jungian Analysts, having originally trained at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation. She has a particular interest in Psychology and Spirituality and has been a member of the Guild for many years. She has a private practice in SE London.
Thursday 6th NOVEMBER
God's Involvement with Evil: Jung and Balthasar - a dialogue.
Speaker: LES OGLESBY
This talk brings together the work of Carl Gustav Jung and Hans Urs von Balthasar, to critically compare their ideas on the perennial question of God’s involvement with evil. The talk culminates with a study of each man’s understanding of the central event of Christianity, Christ’s death on the Cross and his descent to the dead, and discusses how Balthasar’s ‘vertical’ and Jung’s ‘horizontal’ approaches to this major happening can be held together fruitfully.
Les Oglesby read Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford and Theology at Cambridge and worked as an Anglican priest since the late 1970s. He retired as Director of Ministry in the diocese of Ely in 2012 and is an honorary Canon emeritus of Ely Cathedral. He was awarded a Lambeth PhD in 2012, and is a past Chair and member, Cambridge Jungian Circle.
Thursday 4th DECEMBER
Mulled wine and mince pies included