Swindon Churches Together ‘Eye of the Needle’ Lectures in February and March focus on the question: Is Christianity an irrelevant outdated superstition or a wonderful guiding set of principles inspired through a belief in God and completely relevant to us in the 21st Century?
The talks listed below are not just for those who already go to Church, but are open to all people of any Faith and of no Faith.
All who wish to be engaged in some thought provoking ideas from three eminent speakers are welcome to attend the lectures which begin at 7.30pm in the Phoenix Theatre, New College. Admission is free with contributions towards costs invited as people feel able.
Thursday 18th February: Lord Leslie Griffiths. Living in a Divided World? Faith and Politics. Re-visiting an age old theme with new insights and relevance for our Community today.
Wednesday 2nd March: Rt Rev’d Michael Doe. Being economical with the truth or truthful about the economy? God and money. Is the modern economy the best way to exercise our stewardship of God’s world, achieving as much justice and sustainability as we can hope for, given our human nature? Or are there “principalities and powers” at work in our financial systems which, in God’s name, we need to expose and confront?
Monday 14th March: Rev’d Dr Michael Lloyd. The mission of the Church in a contemporary society; facing the big challenges together. Exploring how we might collectively address the challenges facing the Church today, and why we should have confidence in the Mission of the Church in serving our contemporary society, ‘because what we have to give is what people crave.’
For further information contact Barbara Aftelak: Barbara@flamefm.co.uk 01793 536815.
About the speakers:
Rev’d Dr Leslie Griffiths ‘An eloquent witness to the Christian Gospel and a doughty fighter for truth and justice’, Leslie Griffiths began as a Methodist local preacher in 1963, and was a minister in Haiti during most of the 1970s, before returning to England to serve in several very testing urban ministries. He has been Superintendent minister at Wesley’s Chapel since 1996, and is a popular and respected leader there. He is a life peer in the House of Lords.
Rt Rev’d Michael Doe. Michael Doe became the first Bishop of Swindon in 1994 and led the bid to become a city at the turn of the millenium. In 2004 he was appointed General Secretary of the Anglican mission agency USPG. Now retired in London, he is Preacher to one of the Inns of Court, an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Southwark, and chair of the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility.
Rev’d Dr Michael Lloyd. Michael Lloyd is the Principal of Wycliffe Hall and was formerly the chaplain at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford and the Director of Studies in Theology at Christ’s College, Cambridge University. Dr Lloyd has taught theology and doctrine at the University of Oxford, Cambridge University and St Paul’s Theological Centre, London. He has published the popular introduction Café Theology and has a particular interest in the doctrine of evil, the problem of pain – and an inexplicable love of cricket.