Diocese of York

Creative Spaces: Insights from Matthew's Portrayal of Jesus

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Mtt 1:21) Matthew’s gospel, written to affirm the church’s message and mission, naturally focuses on the person of Jesus - who he was; why he came; what he did. Following the genealogy in the opening verses of chapter 1 the name ‘Jesus’ is introduced - a name which can be translated as ‘spaciousness’ or ‘the one who gives us room’. Through a series of short reflections and periods of silence, we will draw on examples from Matthew’s portrayal of Jesus as the one who opens up for us creative spaces in which we can grow and flourish.

The day will be led by Revd Greg Hoyland, a former lecturer at York St. John University.

Greg was ordained in the Anglican Church in 1978 and worked in parish ministry in Bradford before becoming a chaplain in Higher Education. After a number of years in that role he became a Senior Lecturer in Theology at York St John University, teaching clergy and Readers as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has wide experience of leading quiet days, retreats and study days. He loves walking and is the proud possessor of a compostela after completing the Camino to Santiago.

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