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Gabrielle Thomas: For the Good of the Church

March 8 @ 5:30 am - 6:45 pm

All are welcome: come along, hear about a new book, meet new people, and help us celebrate the launch!

About this Event

For the Good of the Church : Unity, Theology and Women (SCM Press, 2021)

What do we need to learn and receive from the other to help us address challenges or wounds in our own tradition? That is the key question asked in what has come to be known as ‘receptive ecumenism’. And nowhere is this question more pressing and pertinent than in women’s experiences within the church.

Based on a qualitative study conducted at the CCS in partnership with the National Board of Catholic Women, the book reveals how radically different theological and ecclesiological perspectives can be a space for learning and receiving gifts for the well-being of the whole church.

At this celebratory launch event taking place on International Women’s Day, author Gabrielle Thomas (now a Lecturer at Yale Divinity School) will be joined by:

  • Paula Gooder (Writer and Lecturer on Biblical Studies and Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral )
  • Tina Beattie (Professor Emerita of Catholic Studies and Director of Catherine of Siena College at the University of Roehampton, London )

The session will be facilitated by Paul D. Murray (Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University).

All are welcome! Please click on Register on this page to receive Zoom details.

This event is part of a series – details of other launches in the series can be found on the CCS website.


Book launches are traditionally light-hearted, celebratory moments, with a chance to mingle with new people and gather some first impressions of a book. We hope, even by Zoom, to retain the informality and social quality of a book launch. This is the reason we are organising this event with plenty of time for conversation in small groups. We hope you find it enjoyable – not just another academic seminar – and only apologise that we cannot offer you a glass of wine or orange juice ourselves!


United Kingdom


Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University