The Keble Seminars

One of the most  misappropriated words these days is prayer. If belief in God is as rare as the surveys suggest it cannot be that all those who claim to be praying have a notion of what it means.  It has evidently been hijacked. Politicians and spoke-persons for large organizations will say ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with their families’ as an obligatory prelude to an interview. Do they hope to ingratiate themselves? More alarming is its appearance in sports such as boxing and Formula One motor racing when victories are validated as answers to prayer. 
In a similar way the idea of care or charity originates in the vocabulary of faith but loses its meaning when borrowed elsewhere. The Apostle places it above the other capacities  of the Christian soul, faith and hope. In the welfare state care is coextensive with  a department  of government. And for many personal responsibility is discharged in the payment of taxes.
In the time of Jesus the obligation to pay tithes did not exempt his healing ministry. Nor is hospital care apparent to us as management but as personal and loving attention to  patients and their needs. Care is first and foremost a human relationship, not a bureaucratized profession. 
From the late eighth century we have an antiphon  attributed to Paulinus which was sung on Maundy Thursday at foot-washing as a keynote to Christian ministry. Nowadays it is  familiar in a beautiful setting by Durufle. It comes into its own as a refrain for the dedication of Florence Nightingale and NHS: Ubi caritas et amor Ibi Deus est. (Where there is care and love, that’s where God is).
Roger Homan
Reader in the Diocese of Chichester

Wednesday 28 July 2021 at 7.30 – 9.00 p.m.
Lecture/seminar ‘Stained glass: the Arts and Crafts windows in the south aisle of St Michael’s church’ given by Prof Roger Homan 
Admission is free and all are welcome.
In accordance with current restrictions social distance will be achievable, masks must be worn, but it will not be possible to serve refreshments.


  • 19 February  Roger Davey, ‘Three rectors: St Michael-in-Lewes and the Oxford Movement 1841-1907’.
  • Saturday 14 March Day Conference : ‘ 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. One Catholick and Apostolick Church’: The Prayer Book and the Universal Church’ Organized in association with the Chichester diocesan branch of the Prayer Book Society..
    Speakers: Roger Homan (St Michael-in-Lewes), Fr Paul Thomas, Fr Ian Forrester (Boxgrove Priory)
    11.30 BCP Holy Communion and sermon Fr Michael Bryden 3.30 Solemn Evensong
    See notice board for further details. £5.00. light refreshments, please bring packed lunch.
  • 27 May Michael Brydon,  Archbishop William Laud
  • 24 June Roger Homan,  Interpreting stained glass: Henry Holyday’s windows at St Michael-in-Lewes
  • 26 August Nicholas Reade,  Reflections on the Anglican liturgy 1950-2020
  • 30 September Graham Reeves, The revival of the religious life
  • 25 November Anthony Freeman, Glimpses of the Armenian Orthodox


  • 30 January   Kathryn Christ,  Christina Rossetti
  • 27 February   Ned BinksHermits and hair shirts
  • 27 March  Roger Homan, “No pot pourri” – the liturgical use of incense.
  • 1 May  Michael Richards, Psychological issues in the Anglo-Catholic narrative
  • 29 May  John Twisleton, ‘Eucharistic sacrifice’
  • 26 June  Barbara Keal,  Pilgrimage
  • 24 July  Bradley Smith, The seal of the Confessional
  • 25  September Daniel Inman, Anglo-Catholics and the development of academic theology
  • 30 October  Hedley Christ, Science, the Church and Anglo-Catholicism
  • 27 November  Richard Chown, Robed choirs: the burgeoning of Choral  Evensong


  • 31 January  David James, Treasures of the Ethiopian Orthodox
  • 28 February  Bradley Smith, John Keble and the foundation of the Oxford Movement. ***CANCELLED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS***
  • 21 March  Roger Homan, Father Wagner of Brighton
  • 25 April  John Twisleton, Newman: Church development, reform and the Anglican future
  • 30 May   Bradley Smith, John Keble and the foundation of the Oxford Movement
  • 27 June Andrea Dumbrell,Defining the sacred: objects and their meanings
  • 25 July Roger Homan, John Mason Neale, hymnologist
  • 19 September  Roger Homan   What a church should look like: the Ecclesiologists
  • 31 October  Judith Egar  Julian of Norwich
  • 28 November  Michele Moatt The boy who swallowed a frog: how to read a medieval miracle story’


  • 27 September  Ian Wallis ‘The sense of the Holy in Orthodox worship’
  • 25 October  Ned Binks ‘So great a cloud of witnesses: Counting the  Saints’
  • 22 November  Roger Homan  Beholding the Madonna

Notes on contributors

  • Fr Graham Reeves is a mental health chaplain, Benedictine oblate, author and priest of St Mary Barnham.
  • Dr Anthony Freeman taught history at Lewes Priory school for many years before becoming a schools inspector and adviser to the government on the National Curriculum.
    He has a long standing interest in medieval monasticism and has travelled in and led study groups in the Caucasus and Armenia.
  • Right Revd Nicholas Reade was vicar of Mayfield and Eastbourne, then Archdeacon of Lewes before becoming Bishop of Blackburn, and subsequently returning to the diocese of Chichester.
  • Canon Ned Binks is a former Principal of Chester College of Higher Education, an honorary canon emeritus of Chester cathedral and a member of the congregation of St Michaelin-Lewes
  • Kathryn Christ read English at the university of Durham, taught in Oxford and was subsequently careers adviser in the University of Brighton: she  is a member of the congregation of St Michael-in-Lewes
  • Prof Roger Homan is a Reader at St Michael-in-Lewes and Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies in the University of Brighton. He is national Vice-President of the Prayer Book Society.
  • Dr Michael Richards lectured Physics at the University of Sussex before training andpractising as a psychotherapist’ he is a member of the church of St Michael-in-Lewes.
  • Canon John Twisleton is a broadcaster and former rector of Horsted Keynes
  • Barbara Keal is a feltmaker and craftworker and a member of the church of St Michael-in-Lewes: among her experiences as a pilgrim she has walked from London to Rome.
  • Bradley Smith is a religious bookseller,  in Chichester and a churchwarden He represents the diocese of Chichester in the House of Laity of the General Synod
  • Revd Dr Daniel Inman is Director of Ordinands in the diocese of Chichester and was formerly chaplain of Queen’s College, Oxford; he is author of The Making of Modern English Theology (Fortress Press, 2014)
  • Hedley Christ is a canon lawyer, a senior lecturer in law at the Universities of Brighton and Perugia and a member of the congregation of St Michael-in-Lewes
  • Andrea Dumbrell is Learning and Liaison Officer in Crawley museum, an associate lecturer with the Open University and a member of the congregation of St Michael-in-Lewes
  • Revd Judith Egar is Rural Dean of  Lewes and Seaford and is based in the parish of St Anne
  • Fr David James is a priest at St Michael-in-Lewes and artistic director of New Sussex Opera
  • Dr Michele Moatt took her research degree on Aelred of Rievaulx  at the University of Lancaster and is a member of St Anne’s church in Lewes.
  • The Revd Dr Andrew Walker is vicar of St Mary Bourne Street, Pimlico

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