Bethlehem Bound - An Evening with Andrew Nunn and Dr Paula Gooder

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    7:00 PM

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    FREE (Booking required)

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Join The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark as he launches his latest book 'Bethlehem Bound' with Dr Paula Gooder. In person and online

The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark will be joined in conversation with Dr Paula Gooder, theologian and Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral where they will discuss the Dean's latest book Bethlehem Bound - Journeying with the Characters of Christmas.

We are delighted that the Cathedral Merbecke Choir will also be performing two pieces on the evening.

This conversation between Andrew and Paula will be followed by a book-signing.

It was not only Mary and Joseph who journeyed to Bethlehem - all the characters and creatures we meet in the nativity stories found their way to the manger, summoned by stars, angels or political circumstance. Each time we celebrate Christmas, we travel there too, and open ourselves to transformation. Bethlehem Bound is a daily spiritual travel companion for the season, beginning with the great Advent antiphons that herald the feast, and ending with the Presentation in the Temple. Each day it travels with a different character from scripture and the Christian tradition - Jesse, Anna, Gabriel, the donkey, the innkeeper and his wife, the shepherds, the martyrs we commemorate at Christmas and many more. The journey had its challenges for the original characters and it will for us, but at its end is a wondrous gift from God - God's own self in a baby laid in a manger. Bethlehem Bound invites us to embrace that gift afresh.

If you can't be at the Cathedral for this event then there are a number of different ways for you to join us online.  You can view the service direct from this website here, or our YouTube page here, alternatively you may wish to join our friendly and welcoming online congregation at our Facebook page here

The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn is the Dean of Southwark and a much-loved figure. As @deansouthwark, he tweets daily prayers to his many followers, and blogs at He is a member of the General Synod of the Church of England.

Dr Paula Gooder is Canon Chancellor at St Paul's Cathedral and a writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. Her research areas focus on the writings of the apostle Paul, with a particular focus on 2 Corinthians and on Paul's understanding of the body. Her passion is to ignite people's enthusiasm for reading the Bible today, by presenting the best of biblical scholarship in an accessible and interesting way.