CONFERENCE 2021
Friends of Sophia conferences are a unique blend of academic conference, arts event and retreat.
The Friends of Sophia Fourth Annual Conference
The Return of the Mother: Rediscovering the Divine Feminine
Saturday 5 June 2021, 9.30 for 10am to 4.30pm, by Zoom


9.30: Open
9.45: Word of Welcome
10.00 Margaret Barker, Founder of Temple Studies: The Return of Mother in the Bible
10.45: Coffee break
11.00: Sarah Boss, Centre for Marian Studies, St Mary's University, Twickenham: The Return of Mary as Mother
11.45: Break
12.00: Hina Khalid, University of Cambridge: 'Our Mother in Heaven' - The Divine Feminine in Hinduism and Her South Asian Affinities
12.45: Lunch
Short Papers
2.00 - 2.30: Michael Gartland (Anglican Priest, and Head of Chaplaincy Services, South Yorkshire NHS Trust): Short Meditation
2.30 - 3.00: Dominic White, Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge: Wisdom the Mother and the Return of the World Soul
3.00 - 3.30: Bronwen Rees, Triratna Buddhist and psychotherapist: The principle of the Mother in Buddhism: the interconnectedness of all things
3.30 - 3.45: Tea
3.45 - 4.30: Plenary
4.30: Music – Taverner, Veil of the Temple, Cycle VII, Mother of God. Julienne’s CD (20/30 min)

In collaboration with St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London (InSpiRe Centre for Spirituality and Reconciliation) and the English Province of the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans).
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Icon of Holy Wisdom, St George Vologda (late 16th century)

Margaret Barker, Founder of Temple Studies: The Return of Mother in the Bible.
Sarah Boss, Centre for Marian Studies and Librarian, St Mary's University, Twickenham: The Return of Mary as Mother.
Hinah Khalid, PhD student, University of Cambridge: 'Our Mother in Heaven' - The Divine Feminine in Hinduism and Her South Asian Affinities.
Michael Gartland, Anglican Priest, and Head of Chaplaincy Services, South Yorkshire NHS Trust: Meditation on the “I AM” sayings of Jesus.

* Apologies. The audio is variable on the YouTube video.
Dominic White, Dominican friar and Catholic priest, Blackfriars, Cambridge / Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology: Wisdom the Mother and the Return of the World Soul.
Bronwen Rees, Triratna Buddhist and psychotherapist: The principle of the Mother in Buddhism: the interconnectedness of all things.
We finished by listening to music together: Mother of God, Cycle VII from John Taverner’s Veil of the Temple (available on YouTube).
Friends of Sophia is a collaboration of St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London (InSpiRe Centre for Spirituality and Reconciliation) and the English Province of the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans).

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