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Published: 06 May 2021

Canon Jessica Martin has the honour of delivering the prestigious Bampton Lectures this year.

The Bampton Lectures, founded by the will of the Revd John Bampton (1690-1751), first took place at the University Church, Oxford in 1780. These prestigious lectures - sometimes courting controversy, always intellectually stimulating - have covered a range of theological subjects over the years.

Canon Jessica's title for this year's Bampton Lectures is Four-Dimensional Eucharist. She will be thinking about the eucharist both as sacrament and as ritual theatre, and asking some unusual questions of it. She will be considering its physicality in a time of increasing online presence, the abiding Christian tension between presence and absence it already contains, and its efficacy in a modern culture which veers unstably between scepticism and enchantment. Her range of reference will be wide, reaching from fantasy genres and virtual reality to Eucharistic theology and the anthropology of ritual.

Find out more, including how to watch the lectures here