Princeton Seminary welcomes the Reverend Canon Dr. James Woodward for April 23 lecture—

Princeton, NJ, April 4, 2014—The Reverend Canon Dr. James Woodward, canon steward of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, will give a talk titled “Theology in Stone” at Princeton Theological Seminary on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Daniel J. Theron Assembly Room in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library. He will explore the art and architecture of the chapel that is at the center of the College of St. George within Windsor Castle. The college was founded in 1348 by King Edward III.

james woodwardSt. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, is widely regarded as one of Europe’s finest medieval buildings. In his illustrated presentation, Canon Woodward will offer an overview of the history of the chapel, highlight discoveries made during its renovation, provide insights into the symbolism of the building, and explore theologically what it might mean today to protect sacred space.  

Before his appointment as canon at St. George’s, Woodward was master of The Lady Katherine Leveson Foundation at Temple Balsall. He has served at St. Christopher’s Hospice and was lead chaplain at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. His expertise in pastoral theology led to pioneering work in the church’s response to HIV and AIDS.

Traditionally April 23 is St. George’s Day, honoring the birth of the patron saint of England since the 14th century. St. George’s emblem, a red cross on a field of white, was adopted by Richard the Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century. William Shakespeare was also born on April 23 (in 1564) and died on that day (in 1616).

The lecture is open to the public free of charge. For more information, contact Gordon Graham at gordon.graham@ptsem.edu or call 609.497.7760.

Princeton Theological Seminary, founded in 1812, is the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Its mission is to educate leaders for the church of Jesus Christ worldwide, and its more than 500 students and 11,000 graduates from all fifty states and many nations around the world serve Christ in churches, schools and universities, healthcare institutions, nonprofit agencies, initiatives for social justice, mission agencies, and the emerging ministries of the church in the twenty-first century.