Credo Day

Newman University will be hosting one of four days in support of the CREDO project and the teaching of RE within catholic schools.

This year’s themes are:

  • The New RE Curriculum Directory
  • The Bible in Schools
  • Master-classes/ Themed Workshops

Newman CREDO Day

3rd July 2019

(draft programme)

9.30 – 10.00           Arrivals

Session 1 – Plenary

10.00 – 10.10         Welcome Prof Susan Docherty

10.10 – 11.00         Catholic theologies of creation – the common good, sustainability and environmental justice Dr Louise Hickman

11.00 – 11.15         Presentation on The God Who Speaks 2022 Year of the Bible

David McLoughlin

11.15 – 11.35         Coffee Break

Session 2 – Primary/Secondary Separate

11.35 – 12.25         Secondary: Tackling Tricky Part D GCSE Questions

Dr Sean Whittle

Primary: Teaching the Bible                   Dr Margaret Carswell

12.25 – 1.10           Lunch

Session 3 Workshops

Two workshops will be offered, and participants will take both; half will go to workshop A first, then workshop B, and the other half vice versa.

Workshop A            The Sacramental Nature of Reality David McLoughlin

Workshop B            Planning for Reform of the National Curriculum Directory for RE

Philip Robinson

1.10 – 2.10  

2.10 – 2.15             Changeover Time

2.15 – 3.15

Final Plenary

3.15 – 3.30             Final Plenary Summing Up, Future Planning etc

Contact: Jane Allcroft:; tel 0121 476 1181 ext 2405 Booking line:

Contact: Jane Allcroft:; tel 0121 476 1181 ext 2405 Booking line:


First Steps into the World of New Testament Greek

1st – 5th July 2019

SG 2014
Summer Greek

Would you like to hear and read the New Testament in the language in which it was originally written? Have you ever thought of learning New Testament Greek but were afraid that you were just not clever enough? Would you like to spend five days this summer having fun with a group of like-minded people as they begin to discover an old language that shaped the world?

First Steps into the World of New Testament Greek is a fun and informal 5 day course that introduces you to Koine Greek (the type of Greek used by the writers of the New Testament). It assumes absolutely no prior knowledge of the language and will begin with the alphabet. We will work as close as possible to New Testament texts (including working from some manuscripts) and by the end of the course you will be able to read simple sentences from the New Testament. 

Summer Greek at Newman

The course will be particularly useful for those wanting to read the primary sources (New Testament, Septuagint, Church Fathers) in their original language or scholarly works where Greek terms and passages are cited. Although the emphasis will be on the later form of Greek (koine) used by the New Testament authors, much of the course can be directly applied to other forms of Greek and would therefore be helpful for historians wanting an introduction into Classical Greek.

Learning a language… plus a whole lot more

The aim of this course is not simply about language acquisition, but to create an awareness of the many, sometimes overlooked, aspects of learning an ancient language.

Alongside learning the language, we will also have sessions that explore the world in which NT Greek was used and find out how those writing and copying the manuscripts worked. In this way we begin to discover the interrelationship between the language and the society/ies in which it was used and how understanding one can help us to understand the other.

Summer Greek 2016
Summer Greek at Newman

As the week progresses you will become aware of the difficult, but important, role of the translator. These will include ‘HOT-SEAT’ sessions, where you decide the best way to express a clause or phrase from the New Testament. The week ends with us taking stock of what we have all learnt and, with your newly acquired knowledge, practically exploring the process of translation and what makes a good translation.

It is not as hard as you think

Summer Greek at Newman

Learning anything new can be rather intimidating and I can profoundly sympathise with you if you feel that learning an ancient language is not just daunting, but well nigh impossible!

Don’t worry. The emphasis of this course is on building confidence and taking the fear out of learning a new language. It is a challenge, but it is a challenge that YOU can achieve.

CS Psalm 83:12
Codex Sinaiticus Psalm 83:12 (84:11) reading, ‘The Lord God loves mercy and truth, The Lord gives peace and glory.’

The structure of the course assumes no previous knowledge of foreign languages.

Each day runs from 10.00 – 15.30.

  • £150 or £30 per day
  • External students – £125 or £25 per day
  • Newman alumni and returners- £50 or £10 per day
  • Newman staff and unwaged – £50 or £10 per day
  • Newman Students – Free (£10 donation for workbook and materials)

Booking is essential

To register:

For more information please contact  or 

How to find us:

For more information, please contact:

Richard Goode – 

                            0121 476 1181 ext. 2472

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