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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  |  1 - 2pm
Wren Suite, Cathedral crypt  |  Free and unticketed.
Seating is on a first come first served basis so please arrive early.
Disabled access is via the North Transcept Ramp.

Sunday 6 March 2016
Just Living: Christianity in an Age of Consumerism  |  Ruth Valerio
Every Christian in every generation has to work out what it means to be a follower of the way of Christ in their particular culture; for us, that is our globalised, consumerist world. These powerful forces shape our lives, our thinking and our world view, and have serious impact on the global poor and the health of the planet. Ruth Valerio will reflect on the call to justice and wisdom, and how we can live both gently and joyfully on the planet and with each other in the 21st century.
Dr Valerio is the Theology and Churches Director for A Rocha UK, the Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world, and the Director of Cred Jewellery, the world’s first fair-trade jewellery company. Her book Just Living: Christianity in an Age of Consumerism will be published by Hodder in 2016.


Sunday 3 April 2016
Living Easter  |  John Pritchard

John Pritchard calls Easter ‘the most astonishing day in the history of the world, shattering our closed minds and throwing open the windows of eternity’. But while we keep – or attempt to keep – Lent fastidiously, for many of us the fifty-day season of Easter is, curiously, harder to sustain. But he says that at the very ground of our being we are ‘an Easter people, and alleluia is our song’ and asks, what would it mean to let the glory of Easter illumine our everyday lives? He will explore the great transforming miracle of the Resurrection, and offer practical suggestions for how we might keep the season and embed resurrection in our year-round lives of faith.

John Pritchard was Bishop of Oxford until 2014, and is the author of many books on the Christian life, including Living Easter through the Year (SPCK).



Sunday 1 May 2016
The Holy Spirit  |  Jane Williams

St Augustine described the Holy Spirit as ‘the bond of love’. In anticipation of the great feast of Pentecost, Jane Williams will explore the Spirit’s loving action in our lives and world, while also exploring how we can understand the Spirit’s presence in places and times of damage, difficulty, and grief. She will also challenge us to understand the Spirit as far more than something which ‘belongs’ to Christians, to see God at work in the world and allow ourselves to be drawn into that activity.

Dr Williams is Assistant Dean and Lecturer in Systematic Theology at St Mellitus College, London and the author and editor of many books, including The Holy Spirit in the World Today (Alpha Publications).


Sunday 5 June 2016
Struggling to be Holy  |  Judy Hirst

Holiness can sound like something lofty and abstract, beyond the reach of ordinary people. Judy Hirst says that in reality ‘holiness is about learning to entrust yourself to the God who loves you. It is about taking the risk of allowing God to interact with the truth of ourselves, no strings attached’. In her much-loved book Struggling to be Holy she explores the reality of where we might find holiness, and says it’s in such things as friendship and forgiveness, as well as in our desires, successes and failures – our real lives with all their joys and disappointments.

The Revd Canon Judy Hirst is the Diocese of Durham’s Local Church Growth and Development Adviser and the author of Struggling to be Holy and A Kind of Sleepwalking (both DLT).


Sunday 3 July 2016
Etty Hillesum: A Life Transformed  |  Patrick Woodhouse

Etty Hillesum was a 27 year old Jewish student living under occupation in 1940s Amsterdam. Throughout that time she wrote a diary of her daily life recounting her spiritual transformation which Rowan Williams has called ‘an utterly distinctive modern chronicle of conversion: a Confessions of St Augustine for our own day’. What sustained her was her deep sense of intimacy with God, and what shines through her writing is her extraordinary spirituality of hope – her capacity to go on believing in life’s goodness, even in the midst of despair and death.

Patrick Woodhouse will explore her life and writing including what her profound reflections on the nature of evil can teach us today. Patrick Woodhouse is a writer and Anglican priest who was formerly a Canon of Wells Cathedral. His books include Etty Hillesum: A Life Transformed and Life in the Psalms (both Bloomsbury Press).