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Sex, Friends and Emotional Highs

Monday 29th April – Wednesday 1st May

Based on their recent book Personal Jesus: How Popular Music Shapes Our Souls Clive Marsh and Vaughan S. Roberts will invite participants to take a critical look at the role popular music plays in life. Using material from their own research amongst music fans, they will show how embodiment, connectedness and the quest for ‘uplift’ all play a crucial role for those who engage with music.. They ask whether there is a need to offer a theological or religious interpretation of such activity. ‘What’s going on’ when we are moved by music? But what has the raucousness of Lady Gaga to do with the solemnity of Bach, or Parental Advisory lyrics of Lady Gaga to do with the solemnity of Bach, or Parental Advisory lyrics with a sung liturgy?

All participants are invited to bring questions to pose, music to play and insights to offer.

Clive Marsh is senior lecturer at the Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Leicester. He is the author of many books, including Cinema and Sentiment: Film’s Challenge to Theology and Theology Goes to the Movies: An Introduction to Critical Christian Thinking.

Vaughan S. Roberts is Vicar of St. Mary in Warwick, England. A published poet, he writes on topics of religion and contemporary culture.

The inclusive course fee (£170 - £190) covers morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, bed and breakfast. Non-residential prices, Clergy and Student discounts are available on request.

To book call 01244 532350 or email


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