To Catch the Bird of Heaven: A conference on 'wisdom'

27-29 March 2000, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Brief programme summary by Paul Trafford


Although this information has been put together based on materials distributed at the time of the conference, it is likely that there are some inaccuracies.


This unusual conference, entitled To Catch the Bird of Heaven, was organised by Christopher Lamb and Edward Bailey, who at that time were at Middlesex's Centre for Interfaith Dialogue. The conference invited scholars to address the theme of wisdom in the delightful setting of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Details were published on the Web at Middlesex and there was the hope that the papers could form the basis of a book, but alas that never happened and even the Web site disappeared. I felt it was a very worthwhile effort and privileged to be part of it, so rather belatedly I've decided to archive at least the programme.

Listed below are the speakers slots that were scheduled along with links to bio sites. Any corrections, additions and other suggestions are welcome.

Monday 27 March

2.30pmJohn Bowker
Wisdom in Conflict: Folk Wisdom and Religions
3.30pmR. A. Sharpe
Wisdom, transcendence and secular ethics
5pmDavid Thomas
Wisdom in the Islamic traditions
6pmTina Beattie
'Ever at play in his presence' - the trangressive wisdom of the Virgin Mary
8.30pmSarah Boss
Seat of Wisdom: a theological understanding of the Virgin in Majesty

Tuesday 28 March

9amGraham Harvey
Wisdom speaks from places: contemporary indigenous wisdom
10amDavid Hart
Beyond bell, book and candle: nonrealist transcending symbols
11.15amMarcus Braybrooke
Can Interfaith be a bridge between religion and spirituality?
12 noonFrederic Gandus
The Hakham, the wise man in the Jewish tradition
3.15pmRichard Redmayne
Wisdom in the Rogerian Counselling Tradition
4.30pmDan Cohn-Sherbok
Wisdom in the Jewish Tradition
5.30pmDarrol Bryant
Pursuing the Bird of Heaven: Wisdom in the Christian Traditions
6.30pmPaul Trafford
Open sources: a Higher Consciousness in Software Development

Wednesday 29 March

9amDavid Craig
10amXinzhong Yao
'The Man of Wisdom delights in Water': Wisdom in early Confuscian and Toaist traditions
11.15amJohn Peacocke
Wisdom in Buddhist traditions
12.15pmFinal plenary discussion

Page last modified: 12 Nov 06 (added linked to 'Bird of Heaven' page)