Four Themes from the Parables of Jesus – Sheffield Cathedral


Join Reverend Captain Ian Maher, Minor Canon of Sheffield Cathedral, and explore Jesus the Storyteller.

Playful, thought-provoking, and disruptive to what we thought we knew about God, the world, and ourselves, the parables reveal Jesus as a storyteller who could conjure up alternate worlds and as a conjurer to the imagination who asked more questions than he made no statements. and wove more stories than he gave commandments.

The studies will be drawn from the book entitled The parables by Paula Gooder (Canterbury Press, 2020). Although the book is highly recommended and available from the Cathedral gift shop, it is not required to participate in the series.


The earth and everything that lives on it
Session 1 – February 17
Weeds and wheat; to sow and cultivate; vines, vineyards and fruit trees; sin; shepherds, sheep and goats.

houses and their occupants
Session 2 – February 24
Everyday objects; buildings and their owners; families; slaves and their masters; weddings and banquets.

Money and goods
Session 3 – March 3
Money – having it; money – in short supply.

Session 4 – March 10
Satellite dishes that don’t fit perfectly anywhere.

Taking place in the Hilton Room.

Places are free but limited. To reserve a place, contact: [email protected] or call mobile 07791639820.


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