H&Co. Culture Courses 

What and Why Culture Courses?

We have crafted a series of culture courses that examine various aspects of our social and cultural lives to discover those spaces where we might offer insight and innovative responses so that we can be more effectual in the work and passions that interest us. Whether it’s a personal quest or a communal desire, our culture courses will help you reflect more carefully, open up new horizons of understanding, and help you understand possible ways forward for your interests and work. 

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Religion is no longer limited...

...to what goes on within the confines of religious spaces and institutions.  It pervades all of society and culture, as new approaches to religion emerge that challenge the very notion of how religion is expressed and experienced.

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Culture is the new medium...

...of the sacred.  Traditional notions of religion have been, and continue to be,  displaced by the expression of religious and spiritual concerns through art, literature, social media, fashion, virtually anywhere and everywhere.

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The heart of theological work...

...must have a theory of culture at its core.  This must be at the center of any and all religious and theological work we do.  Examining various aspects of our cultural lives allow us to offer more effective theological responses. 

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Whether it's a personal or communal quest...

...we don't just explore culture in order to offer prescriptive responses or critiques.  But to mine it for clues about where and how religion is hiding and manifesting in contemporary culture.

Faith Without Illusion: Sex, Drugs, Art and God

This 4-week course will explore Freud’s palliatives, and particularly his critique of religious belief and then outline a different kind of religious belief; one which rejects the comforting illusions that so often define religious belief and instead, faces the reality of existence in all its pain and possibility.

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Deconstruction: Can These Bones Live? 

This four-week course will explore the contours of deconstruction, identifying key points of departure, affirming ideological struggles and offering pathways for confronting and mourning the horror of what has been lost so that we might find new ways of understanding what it means to believe and how that might impact the way we live.

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Pandemical Mysticsim: A Theology of Life

In this four-week course we will explore similarities between our lockdown experiences and the lives of the medieval mystics. The challenges of isolation, solitude and anxiety that many are experiencing resonate with writings about the challenges and possibilities of the mystical life. We will explore a new approach to life that these experiences offer us, both in lockdown and beyond.

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Advent of the Impossible: Reflections of the Unfulfilled 

A seminar on Advent, both the liturgical season and the essence of Christianity itself. The course will explore major advent themes through the writings and work of three provocative and challenging thinkers: John D. Caputo, Jean-Luc Nancy and Julia Kristeva. Each of these thinkers will help us grapple with radical promise of Advent, exposing us to the theological revolution hidden in the folds of familiar stories and nostalgic seasonal observances.

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Shame(full): Theology and the Impossibility of Sex

In this four-week course we will undertake a unique exploration of sex and sexuality, examining the various elements that contribute to our theological understanding of sex and offers novel ways to think about it.  We will dig down into the classic challenges surrounding sex and sexuality in Christian theology and culture.  

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Deconversion, Deconstruction, Disruption: A Brief History of Radical Theology 

A four-week course that explores the development and emergence of radical theology. The course will take a chronological, though not necessarily linear, journey through one of the most important theological disciplines of the 20th century. We will focus on key developments in radical theology, highlighting influences, theories and key thinkers who pushed the conversation along, and whose work offers us important insights for thinking about faith in the 21st century.

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Hack to the Future: Theology, Technology and Digital Media 

A four-week course that takes a journey into the ways that contemporary visual media, like film and TV, explore our relationship with digital technology.  The arts are a major location for the exploration of what it means to be human, and television and cinema in particularly express a wide variety of opinions and ideas about the complex issues related to digital technology and the human condition.

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Digital Disruptions: Theology in the Age of Algorithms 

A four-week course in which we will explore a wide variety of issues related to faith and technology.  The world is both changed and changing through immersion and engagement with technology. Digital culture is the new condition that religion finds itself in. This new condition requires new approaches and innovative theological conversations and responses.

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GET READY FOR LOVE: A journey into the creative, theological world of Nick Cave

A 4-week exploration of the music, writing and creativity of Nick Cave, examining his inspirations, preoccupations and creative trajectories. Cave is one of rock music’s most literary and provocative artists whose live performances with his band, the Bad Seeds, are prime examples of the transcendent power of music.  Join us as we as we look at Cave's explorations into the religious and the theological; The perverse and the the pure, the holy and the transgressive, as they live side by side in a rich creative and deeply theological stew.

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Solitude: Life Lessons for an Isolated World

In this 4-hour course, designed for our current time of pandemic and beyond, we will be examining the difference between solitude and loneliness and explore techniques and ideas for enhancing our understanding and practice of solitude and offer ways to carry that understanding into our post-isolation lives.  Join us as we take some time to look deeper at a brief history of solitude, the difference between various emotions produced, the bliss of solitude and productive solitude.

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