We use cookies on our website to provide you with the best possible user experience. Disabling these cookies may prevent our site from working efficiently. To find out more about our cookies read our privacy policy.

Ebor Lectures

Ebor lectures 2012-13

Ebor lecturesThe Ebor Lectures are a response to the growing need for theology to interact with public issues in contemporary society. Public theology is about engaging in dialogue with a range of communities on issues wider than narrowly defined religious matters. This series of lectures aims to promote public conversation and to contribute to the formation of personal decisions and collective policy-making in economic, political and social spheres. It is also an ecumenical project that seeks to exchange insights between academic and religious traditions and to build bridges between church and other religious groups. The lectures relate faith to public concerns including politics, economics, contemporary culture, religion and spirituality, society and globalisation, local and global Christianity.


2013-2014 The Morality of Austerity

We live in the ‘Age of Austerity’. The global financial crisis has left governments with levels of debt and budget deficits which are unsustainable in the long term and most have opted to reduce public services and welfare payments as a consequence. Austerity, however, adversely affects the most vulnerable members of society, changes public expectations and potentially alters the relationship between the citizen and the state. In the Ebor Lectures for 2013-14 we take the question raised by Jim Wallis, the American theologian and activist, ‘What would Jesus cut?’ and use it as a way of evaluating economic austerity from a theological and moral perspective. Is austerity the only way of addressing the need for deficit-reduction? What might the moral alternatives to austerity be? And are we really all in this together?

Ebor Lectures logoDates 2013-14 »


Ebor lectures

General information

The lectures will be held at York Minster and at York St John University.

Admission is free but by ticket only. Disabled access is available but please mention when booking. To book use our online booking form  or write to: Ebor Lectures, Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York Y031 7EX

If you would like any further information please contact the Ebor Lectures Co-ordinator on 01904 876474 or e-mail eborlectures@yorksj.ac.uk

Ebor Lectures logo


Contact Us

Ebor Lectures
Faculty of Education & Theology
York St John University
Lord Mayor’s Walk
York Y031 7EX

E: eborlectures@yorksj.ac.uk
T: 01904 876474


Ebor lectures facebook