The Abbey Summer School in Scotland: Jeremy Begbie, Jim Houston & Iain Provan
July 2015 saw the second year of the Abbey Summer School in Edinburgh, Scotland. This is an event inspired by the idea of the Regent College Summer Programs, designed to offer Christian teaching and nourishment to all who like to think about their faith. The organizing committee includes Regent College Professor Iain Provan, frequent Summer Programs Visiting Professor Sharon Jebb Smith, and alumni Julie and Matt Canlis, Darin Dueck, and David Robinson.
The gospel vision at the core of the Abbey Summer School involves the integration of thought and emotion, head and heart, spirituality and theology, that was once found in monastic abbeys in Scotland, before the abbey and the university were divided—back in the time of Columba at Iona, or Cuthbert at Melrose and Lindisfarne.
The central theme around which all the activities at this year’s Summer School were organized was the Holy Trinity. Jeremy Begbie delivered the main addresses, including a wonderful public lecture at St. Paul’s and St. George’s church in Edinburgh, and he was ably supported by the other speakers, including Jim Houston. Among the notable off-site events was a memorable evening on the spirituality of wine hosted by Regent alumna Gisela Kreglinger, and a pilgrimage to Dryburgh Abbey.
Anyone interested in the 2016 Abbey Summer School should contact Iain Provan for more details.Go to Abbey Summer School Website