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Sunday Forum

A Sunday lunchtime series where some of the liveliest contemporary theologians and spiritual teachers speak about the challenges, contradictions and joys of being a Christian in the world today.

First Sunday in every month (except January & August) 1 - 2pm
Wren Suite, Cathedral crypt Free and unticketed
Seating is on a first come first served basis so please arrive early. Latecomers may not be able to be seated.
Disabled access is via the south churchyard entrance.  If for any reason the south churchyard entrance is closed a telephone number is displayed. 

See films of past Sunday Forums

What Did Jesus Look Like?  |  Joan Taylor Sunday 2 June 2019

Everyone can conjure up the traditional image of Jesus: a handsome, white man with flowing locks and pristine linen robes, and most people know that isn’t what he really looked like. Does that matter?

Joan Taylor says that the historical evidence suggests he would have had dark skin and short hair, and would have worn rough, even scruffy, clothes. She says it matters how we picture Jesus because it cuts to the heart of his message: he aligned himself with the poor and this would have been obvious from how he looked.

She will explore both the historical evidence for redrawing our image of what Jesus looked like, and what effect it might have on our understanding of his teaching if he were depicted more accurately, as one of the have-nots.

Professor Joan Taylor is Professor of Christian Origins at King’s College, London. She is the author of What Did Jesus Look Like? (Bloomsbury 2018), has edited The Body in Biblical, Christian and Jewish Texts and was historical consultant for the 2018 film Mary Magdalene.

Every Tribe Saints in a Diverse World  |  Sharon Prentis Sunday 7 July 2019

The Bible visualises a new heaven and a new earth with people of every language and nation, so why are all the saints in our paintings and stained glass windows white? The bias in the church’s storytelling means that many are surprised to discover that St Augustine is North African and St George is an immigrant with Turkish and Palestinian parents.

A new book of essays edited by Sharon Prentis uncovers stories of holy, inspired and inspiring lives from all over the world. It celebrates the true diversity of the saints and challenges the church to become what it is meant to be: a rainbow people of God serving the diverse needs of a diverse world.

The Revd Dr Sharon Prentis is Dean of Black and Minority Ethnic Affairs and Intercultural Mission Enabler at the Church of England in Birmingham. She is an honorary research fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham and the editor of Every Tribe: Stories of Diverse Saints Serving a Diverse World (SPCK 2019).