The Curse and the Promise: Religion and Violence
With Rabbi Jonathan Romain
Part of the 2015 Autumn Lecture Series.
This year the St Martin-in-the-Fields Autumn Lecture Series focuses on religion and violence, reflecting upon both how faith can become the cause and perpetrator of conflict and persecution, and also the victim. But can our faith and our understanding of God also provide the promise for the healing of our nations? Looking from the perspective of the three Abrahamic Faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – we will be inviting our guest speakers to explore these themes from their own perspectives and faith traditions.
The second lecture in our 2015 series is led by Rabbi, writer and broadcaster, Jonathan Romain, minister of Maidenhead Synagogue in Berkshire. He writes for The Times, Guardian and The Jewish Chronicle and is often heard on the BBC. His many books include The Jews of England and Faith and Practice: A Guide to Reform Judaism Today. In 2004, he received the MBE for his pioneering work nationally in helping mixed-faith couples. He is chaplain to the Jewish Police Association, advisory board member of both the Council of Christians and Jews, and the Three Faiths Forum.
The will be an opportunity to ask questions from the floor.