Ebor Lectures

The Ebor Lectures is an ecumenical project jointly organised by York Minster, York St John University, The Order of CarmelitesThe Yorkshire North and East District of the Methodist Church and The C. & J. B. Morrell Trust.

The 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.

Journeys: Changing Places, Minds and Beliefs

In 2017 the 11th series of the Ebor lectures, ‘Journeys: changing places, minds and beliefs’, aims to explore humanity’s endeavours of journeying. Topics in this series include: religious radicalisation in contemporary politics, debates over the situation of refugees in Europe; pilgrimage and spiritual journeys; socio-cultural diversity; equal and just society; the changing nature of contemporary media; and the reformation of faiths (to mark the 500-year anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in 1517).

As the ancient Chinese philosopher Laozi says, 千里之行,始於足下 (a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step). It is hoped that this series will provide a step further in the understanding and practice of our journeys.

Confirmed Lectures

Ruth Hunt

Chief Executive of Stonewall

"Here I am Lord". The Place for LGBT people in the modern Christian Movement 

22 February 2017; York Minster, 7.00pm

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Dr Timothy Winter

Shaykh Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge

Religion, Radicalism and Contemporary Politics

29 March 2017; Temple Hall, York St John University, 7.00pm

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Tim Shipman

Political Editor of The Sunday Times

The Journey through Brexit

26 April; York Minster, 7.00pm

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Dr Casey Strine

Lecturer in Eastern History and Literature at University of Sheffield

What refugees can teach others about the Bible

24 May 2017; Temple Hall, York St John University, 7.00pm

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Professor Eamon Duffy, FBA

Emeritus Professor of the History of Christianity

Writing the Reformation: Fiction and Faction

5 July 2017; York Minster, 7.00pm

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Ruth Gledhill

Contributing Editor at Christian Today; former Religious Affairs Correspondent for The Times

11 October 2017; Temple Hall, York St John University, 7.00pm

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General Information

Admission is free but by ticket only. Disabled access is available but please mention any specific access needs when booking.

To book please use the links above, E: events@yorksj.ac.uk , T: 01904 876654 or write to: Conference & Events, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York Y031 7EX.

Contact Us

Conference & Event Office
York St John University
Lord Mayor’s Walk
York Y031 7EX
E: events@yorksj.ac.uk
T: 01904 876654

Ebor Lecture Series