York Minster Announce Advent Webinar Series

Spectacular stained glass panels contained within York Minster’s Great East Window – the renowned medieval masterpiece created by John Thornton in the 15th century – will be the focus of a new webinar series of Advent Reflections to be hosted by York Minster in November and December.
 
Four outstanding speakers will each take one panel of the medieval window to explore the traditional Advent themes of Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell – known as The Four Last Things – challenging contemporary views of the Advent and Christmas season.
 
Commenting on the webinar series, Maggie McLean, York Minster’s Canon Missioner said:
“In its history, York has known turbulent times. Not long after plague ravaged the city, John Thornton began his work on the Great East Window, depicting its themes of creation and apocalypse in exquisite stained glass.”
 
“Our speakers will reflect on the theology depicted in the Great East Window – Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell – themes which resonate as much today as they did when this window was made.”
 
Broadcast live via webinar across four weeks, each speaker will give a short presentation, followed by discussion and Q&A online. The dates and speakers are:
 
Thursday 26th November at 3pm – Death 
Professor John Swinton, Professor in Practical Theology & Pastoral Care; Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen.
 
Thursday 3rd December at 7.30pm – Judgement 
The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell.
 
Thursday 10th December at 7.30pm – Heaven 
Dr Paula Gooder.
 
Thursday 17th December at 3pm – Hell 
The Bishop of Hull, the Right Reverend Alison White.