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Faith on the Frontiers

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Wednesday 21 August 2013

What does it mean to live as a minority group where one’s faith is not shared or comprehended by the majority of people with whom one lives and works?

Our Autumn Education Series 2013 seeks to examine what it means to have faith when one’s faith is on a particular frontier, challenged by others and challenging the prevailing culture.

Faith on the Frontiers seeks to explore these realities. Can a church living at the edges of its experience rediscover its own true vocation and voice? Can it find new heart and new spirit? A leading group of speakers tackle these questions from different perspectives with the opportunity for questions from the floor. This exciting lecture  series is open to all. There is a suggested donation of £5 for each lecture.

Looking for past lectures? Visit our education archive and resources section or see our podcast page.


Monday 23 September, 7.00pm
Featuring Mark Oakley, Rosemarie Mallett and Clare Herbert
On the Frontiers of a World City: a Panel Discussion

Mark Oakley is Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral and is responsible for the Cathedral’s educational and outreach work. A highly regarded author, lecturer and broadcaster, his themes include human rights, poetry and the arts, and the place of faith in the contemporary world.

Rosemarie Mallett is an academic, community worker and vicar of St John the Evangelist, Angell Town, Brixton. With more than 12 years’ experience in medical sociology and psychiatry, as a priest she has served extensively on the governing boards of health agencies, schools and community leadership networks.

Clare Herbert is Lecturer in Inclusive Theology at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Clare has previously worked as a social worker and counsellor and as National Co-ordinator for Inclusive Church. She is currently perusing a doctorate in the pastoral care of gay and lesbian people.

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Monday 7 October, 7.00pm
June Osborne: On the Frontiers of a Male Church

June Osborne is the first female Dean of Salisbury Cathedral and is one of the most senior female priests in the Church of England. She has led efforts to tackle global inequality and champion respect and inclusion regardless of race, colour, creed, sexuality or gender.

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Monday 21 October, 7.00pm
Faith on the Frontiers: Stanley Hauerwas in conversation with Sam Wells

Stanley Hauerwas is ‘a public provocateur, a ravenous reader and a restless wrestler with the truth’ (Sam Wells). He is Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University in North Carolina, and was named ‘America’s Best Theologian’ by Time Magazine in 2001.

Sam Wells has served as a parish priest in the Church of England for more than 15 years. He is vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields and Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College, London. He has published 18 books on Christian ethics, discipleship and mission.

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Monday 4 November
Alastair McIntosh: On the Frontiers: Violence, Nonviolence and the Earth 

What does ecological and economic exploitation look like in present day England, Scotland, and Wales?  How can a 21st century theology of the Cross open our eyes to these realities, and move us to action? 

Alastair McIntosh is a Scottish scholar, educator, broadcaster and spiritual activist. Recent books include Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power, and Rekindling Community: Connecting People, Environment and Spirituality.

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Monday 11 November
Lord Christopher Patten: On the Frontiers of Modern China

Lord Christopher Patten is chairman of the BBC Trust and Chancellor of Oxford University. He was the last British Governor of Hong Kong and oversaw its handover to China in 1997. He has written extensively on Hong Kong and on foreign affairs more generally.

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Monday 18 November
Richard Kearney: On the Frontiers of Atheism

Richard Kearney is a prolific scholar and artist. He has been deeply involved in the Irish peace process, in international projects for peace, and in promoting spirituality through the arts. His latest book, Anatheism, charts a path for ‘returning to God after God.’

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