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Reformation
September – November 2017

On 31 October 1517 Martin Luther pinned 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, protesting against the practice of indulgences and touching on questions of grace, repentance and forgiveness.

The Reformation was a culmination of events and circumstances that led to a seismic shift in the religious framework of Britain. It established the image of an island nation, separate and supreme, still resonant today. It triggered a religious and political redistribution of power. It led to renewal and reform but also to deep division, persecution and violence. And out of this turmoil were born concepts of state and church as we know them today.

In this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, many Christians will want to give thanks for its great blessings, including clear proclamation of the gospel of grace, the availability of the Bible to all in their own language, and the recognition of the calling of lay people to serve God in the world and in the church. Yet many will remember also the lasting damage done to the unity of the church. Those turbulent years saw Christians pitted against each other, such that many suffered persecution and even death at the hands of others claiming to know the same Lord. As Christianity spread around the world in the centuries that followed, it would carry with it that legacy of mistrust and competition.

The 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation provides the opportunity to explore and reflect upon issues of church, state, and religious and cultural diversity that are still at the centre of our national life: the conflicts that divide, and the convictions diverse parts of the Christian church hold sacred – the pillars on which their faith stands or falls. How are we called to be reformed by the Gospel? How do we build the unity Christ called for with those whose convictions are very different from our own?

In this autumn lecture series we will be exploring some of these hopes and controversies.

All lectures from 7.00pm-8.30pm at St Martin-in-the-Fields, and are free and open to all.

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The Speakers

Monday 25 September 2017, 7.00pm-8.30pm
The Reformation: Alister McGrath

Alister McGrathAlister McGrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University, with a longstanding interest in the history and thought of the Reformation. He is the author of a number of works on the Reformation, including The Intellectual Origins of the European Reformation, and Martin Luther’s Theology of the Cross. He is best known as the author of the international bestseller The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine, and the market-leading textbook Christian Theology: An Introduction. He is also associate priest in a group of Cotswold parishes in the Diocese of Oxford.

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Monday 2 October 2017, 7.00pm-8.30pm
Reforming Church: Lucy Winkett, Sam Wells

Lucy WinkettLucy Winkett was ordained in 1995, having worked previously as a professional soprano. One of the first generation of women to be ordained in the Church of England, she served her title in Manor Park, Newham before becoming the first woman priest appointed at St Paul’s Cathedral, later becoming Canon Precentor. She has been Rector of St James’s, Piccadilly since 2010. With degrees in history and theology, she broadcasts regularly on religion, gender and contemporary culture and is a longstanding contributor to Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’. She was a founding adviser for the public theology think tank Theos and was co-founder of Leading Women, a national development programme for women clergy. Her book Our Sound is Our Wound was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book for 2011. In 2014, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Winchester University.

sam wellsRevd Dr Sam Wells is Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and a widely-known preacher, pastor, writer, broadcaster, and theologian. He has served as a Church of England parish priest for 19 years. He also spent 7 years in North Carolina, where he was Dean of Duke University Chapel. Sam is also Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College London. He has published 27 books, including academic studies and textbooks in Christian ethics, explorations of social mission, liturgy and Anglican faith, and four collections of sermons. His most recent book is Hanging by a Thread.

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Monday 9 October 2017, 7.00pm-8.30pm
Reforming Marriage: Nicholas Holtam, David Monteith, Sally Hitchiner

+NickNicholas Holtam has been Bishop of Salisbury since 2011. For the Church of England he is the lead bishop on the environment and chairs a committee for ministry with and among deaf and disabled people. From 1995-2011 Nick was the Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields where one of the things he learned is that diverse people are called into God’s kingdom. Because he believes marriage matters he has supported equal marriage and hopes that in time the Church will come to see the goodness of supporting people in a fruitful relationship that is permanent, faithful and stable.

david monteithDavid Monteith has been Dean of Leicester since 2013. During this time the Cathedral has completed the first stage of its redevelopment with the reinternment of King Richard III. In one of Britain’s most multicultural cities, the cathedral offers generous Christian hospitality to all. He has previously served in Birmingham and London, including at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Originally from Enniskillen, Northern Ireland he shares long-term interests in music, poetry and the visual arts with a commitment to living with diversity. He shares his life in a Civil Partnership with David Hamilton.

Sally HitchinerSally Hitchiner is the Coordinating Chaplain and Interfaith Adviser for Brunel University London. She is also the founder and MD of Diverse Church a support network for over 700 LGBT Christians in the UK and Ireland. She trained at York and Oxford before spending time as a parish priest in Ealing where she led a large congregation linked to her church’s soup kitchen. She regularly speaks in the national news on issues of faith and current affairs and is a regular newspaper analyst on BBC Breakfast. She recently entered into a Civil Partnership with Fiona.

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Monday 16 October 2017, 7.00pm-8.30pm
Reforming Attitudes to Race: David Olusoga, Liz Adekunle

David OlusogaDavid Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film-maker. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, David is a multi-award-winning presenter. His most recent series include Black and British: A Forgotten History (BBC 2), The World’s War (BBC 2) and the BAFTA winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC 2). David is also the author of Black & British: A Forgotten History (Macmillan, 2016) and The World’s War (Head of Zeus, 2014). David also writes for The Guardian and The Observer and BBC History Magazine and is one of the three presenters on the BBC’s new landmark Arts series, Civilisations.

Liz AdekunleLiz Adekunle was born in North London and read theology at Birmingham University. She has two Masters degrees; the first from SOAS in African Christianity and Development and the second, completed while she was in training at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. She is esteemed as a former Chaplain and tutor at St Mellitus College, former Chaplain and Acting Dean at St John’s College, Cambridge and is also a member of the Archbishops’ Task Group on Evangelism. Liz is the Archdeacon of Hackney and was appointed as a Chaplain to her Majesty the Queen in April 2017.

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Monday 6 November 2017, 7.00pm-8.30pm In Partnership with Coexist House
Reforming Attitudes to Islam: Mona Siddiqui, Joshua Ralston, Sam Wells

EDINBURGH, UK - 7th February 2013: Professor Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Inter-religious studies at the University of Edinburgh.  Based at New College on The Mound, Professor Siddiqui lectures and researches on Islamic theology, ethics and Christian-Muslim relations. (Photograph: MAVERICK PHOTO AGENCY)Mona Siddiqui OBE is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh. She is Assistant Principal for Religion and Society and Dean International for the Middle East. Her most recent monographs include Christians, Muslims and Jesus and Hospitality and Islam, Welcoming in God’s Name. She is a regular broadcaster commentator and writer and chairs the BBC’s Scottish Religious Advisory Committee. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Society of Arts; she has received five honorary doctorates and is among Debrett’s 500 most influential people in the UK.

Joshua RalstonDr Joshua Ralston is Lecturer in Muslim-Christian Relations at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, having previously been on the faculty of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He has been a visiting lecturer in Christian-Muslim Relations in both Aba, Nigeria and Cairo, Egypt, and regularly lectures in both academic and public forums. He co-edited The Church in an Age of Migration: A Moving Body, and his monograph, Law and the Rule of God: Shari’a in Christian-Muslim Debate, will be out early next year.

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Monday 13 November, 7.00pm-8.30pm
Reforming Scripture: Ben Quash

Ben QuashProfessor Ben Quash is Professor of Christianity and the Arts at King’s College London. He was Chaplain and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and a lecturer in the Cambridge Theological Federation from 1996-1999, he then returned to Peterhouse as Dean and Fellow until he came to King’s as Professor in 2007. He has developed research and public education programmes in Judaism, Christianity and Islam and their interrelations and, in particular, methods of scriptural reasoning. His most recent books are: Abiding (Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2013); Reflections on the Psalms 2015; and with Aaron Rosen Visualising a Sacred City: London Art and Religion, 2016.

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The Autumn Education Programme is a lecture series which takes place on Monday evening from September-November each year. There are usually six or seven lectures in this series.

Lectures are given by speakers who are highly regarded and experienced in their field and are followed by the opportunity for questions and answers. The lectures are FREE, open to all and no tickets are required. Donations to help finance the programme are welcome. Questions and answers will follow each talk

In the last few years our speakers have included Neil MacGregor, Helen Bamber, Terry Eagleton, Robert Beckford, Francis Young, Jeffrey John, Richard Burridge, and Clare Herbert who was St Martin’s lecturer in Inclusive Theology.

The themes for this programme in recent years have been:

2016 Who is my Neighbour? The Ethics of the Global Relationships

2015 The Curse and the Promise: Religion and Violence

2014 Living Without Enemies

2013 Faith on the Frontiers

2012 His Story Our Story: Jesus and the Story Teller’s Art

2011 Radical Compassion: The Gospel and Social Justice

2010 The Alpha and the Omega- The Bible Opened for All

2009 Inspiring Community

2008 Voices from the Edge