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Theological Salon

Church members have asked, "where is God within the pain and suffering of the pandemic?". A Theological Salon is a space to explore and discuss such questions with open dialogue. 

"There’s no doubt that Covid-19 has had a huge impact on all countries around the world. Church activities have not been exempt from this. It seemed to me that a positive attitude to what is going on may help us understand and get through this difficult time," said Canon Dr. Medhat Sabry, Chaplain at St. George's Anglican Church in Madrid. 

On 22 January, St. George’s Anglican Church hosted its first Theological Salon. The topic was “Pandemic and the God who cares”. Over 50 people attended the first salon which covered three topics:

  • “An Introduction to the Topic” with Canon Dr. Medhat Sabry
  • “Old Testament Perspectives of Pain and Suffering” with Dr. Clare Amos
  • “How did the Early Christian Fathers Respond to Pain, Suffering and Persecution?” with Archbishop Samy Shehata.

After each talk, there was time for questions allowing attendees to probe deeper in their understanding of the topic.

What are Theological Salons?

Theological Salons provide a friendly and open environment for people from all backgrounds to discuss theological, ideological, or behavioural topics in a safe space.

They help people to develop their spiritual and practical lives as they explore difficult topics. For example, topics such as euthanasia, peace and war, sin and the bible, Christian culture versus humanism and pain and suffering from a Christian perspective.

So, a Theological Salon might be an ideal way to deal with such questions, which challenge our minds and faith.

Upcoming Sessions

This was the first of three Theological Salons that Saint George’s Madrid hosted this year. The second will take place on 14 May 2022, and the third on 17 September 2022.

14 May 2022

Theological Salon: Pandemic a Challenge for Faith is on Sat 14 May 2022 - 10:00-13:00 CEST.

1. Pandemic a Challenge to Faith - Canon Dr. Gill Robin

2. A New Testament perspective of pain and suffering, what can we learn from the early churches of the 1st century AD. Canon Dr. Medhat Sabry.

You can register for these free sessions here.

17 September 2022

The final Theological Salon will explore the question of how can we justify human suffering and difficulties in the presence of our God who is all-powerful and in control? Bishop David Hamid will be one of the two main speakers.