"By The Word Preach'd": Preaching, Emotion, and the Anglican Tradition

 Late seventeenth-century copy of John Donne (1616), by Isaac Oliver. National Portrait Gallery, London.

Saturday, 30 June 2018


St John’s Cathedral

373 Ann St, Brisbane


This day of talks and readings will explore the ways in which preachers have appealed to the emotions of their listeners across the ages. After a reading of a sermon by the seventeenth-century preacher and poet John Donne, the day will include a lecture on sermons and emotions by Rev. Dr Erica Longfellow (New College, Oxford), and a roundtable discussion focusing on religious language and the emotions, past and present. The lecture and roundtable will engage both with Donne’s sermon and the Book of Common Prayer.


Keynote speaker

Rev. Dr Erica Longfellow (Chaplain and Dean of Divinity, New College, Oxford)

Roundtable speakers

Rev. Dr Erica Longfellow

The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt (Dean, St John’s Cathedral)

The Right Rev’d Dr Jonathan Holland (Principal, St Francis’ Theological College)

Dr Jennifer Clement (Senior Lecturer in Literature, The University of Queensland)


Free. All welcome. Includes lunch.

RSVP to Lisa Clarke, advising any dietary requirements, by Tuesday 26 June: lclarke@stjohnscathedral.com.au





St Johns Cathedral, 373 Ann Street Brisbane