Cathedral Summer Lectures move online

For many years Christ Church Cathedral has hosted a series of Summer Lectures during July and August. Members of the public have traditionally enjoyed coming to the Cathedral on a Wednesday afternoon to hear a stimulating lecture and engage the speaker in dialogue afterwards. The lectures are offered free of charge as part of the Cathedral’s hospitality.

There is always a theme to the series. Recently there have been series on Christian Ethics (2018) and Science and Religion (2019).

This year, the theme is Cutting Edge: Theology Today, and was organised by the previous Sub Dean, Canon Edmund Newey, before his departure to become Rector of St Andrew’s, Rugby.

The challenges of social distancing make any kind of gathering in person extremely difficult. However, rather than cancel the lectures, the decision was taken to move them online. The lectures are being presented by webinar, with the same chance for members of the public to ask questions and interact with the speaker afterwards.

The first lecture – when Dr Susannah Ticciati spoke on ‘Can one pray to a God beyond speech? Augustine and Providence’ – took place last Wednesday and the rest will follow.

‘We really didn’t want to cancel our summer lectures as we know how much they are appreciated,’ said Canon Sarah Meyrick, the Cathedral’s Public Engagement Manager. ‘We’re very grateful to our speakers for being so flexible. The series has started well and we look forward to hearing from the rest of our distinguished line-up.’

Dr Ticciati’s lecture is available on our website, where you will also find the details of how to join the remaining lectures in the series.

These are on Wednesday 29 July, when Professor Elaine Graham will speak on ‘Apologetics without Apology’; Wednesday 12 August, when the  Revd Dr Andrew Strauss  will speak on Divine Insight and Human Consciousness; Wednesday 19 August when the Revd Dr Laura Biron-Scott will speak on Environmental Theology: an Aesthetic Perspective; and Wednesday 26 August when Revd Professor Sarah Coakley will speak on Christian Worship and Desire: Examining a Neglected Nexus​.