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January 2019

Killing Machines

Monday, 28 January @ 19:30 - 21:00
The Digby Church Hall, Digby Road
Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3NL United Kingdom
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Lt Gen Sir Robert Fry KCB Our lecture in 2017 about Artificial Intelligence generated much interest and discussion. Amongst the issues raised was the whole question of remotely controlled or even autonomous weapons. We are delighted to welcome two retired senior officers to help us explore this further. Lt Gen Sir Robert Fry KCB RM is a former commandant of the Royal Marines and served as coalition deputy commanding General in Iraq in 2006 before retiring to head Hewlett Packard's Enterprise…

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June 2019

Fortress Britain

Monday, 17 June @ 19:30 - 21:00
The Digby Church Hall, Digby Road
Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3NL United Kingdom
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A key driver for Britain leaving the EU is the perception that immigration is out of control as a consequence of EU freedom of movement rights. As the UK carves out a new place for itself on the European and world stage we welcome Ben Ryan, Head of Research at the Theos Think Tank and editor of the book Fortress Britain, to explore with us the ethical bases for immigration and refugee policies. How do we discern between migrants and…

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July 2019

The Cost of Care

Monday, 1 July @ 19:30 - 21:00
The Digby Church Hall, Digby Road
Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3NL United Kingdom
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With an ageing population and an ever increasing list of treatable conditions the NHS has come under huge pressure as more and more is expected of the service. The relatively simple care offered by the NHS in 1948 has been transformed by medical and technological advances all of which have come with a price tag. We welcome this evening Ron Martin, the lead chaplain of Dorchester County Hospital who will, with the aid of a colleague from the hospital senior…

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September 2019

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I

Wednesday, 4 September - Friday, 6 September
Sarum College, 19 The Close
Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2EE United Kingdom
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Reading the Old Testament in Hebrew provides a much stronger sense of the original culture and perspective of its writers and their communities. Such insights can help us to appreciate better not only the Old Testament text but also its pivotal role as ‘scripture’ for the 1st century Jewish communities from which the New Testament and the early church emerged. Hebrew I and Hebrew II together form “An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew”. Hebrew I is designed for the complete beginner whilst…

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Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II

Monday, 9 September - Wednesday, 11 September
Sarum College, 19 The Close
Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2EE United Kingdom
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Reading the Old Testament in Hebrew provides a much stronger sense of the original culture and perspective of its writers and their communities. Such insights can help us to appreciate better not only the Old Testament text but also its pivotal role as ‘scripture’ for the 1st century Jewish communities from which the New Testament and the early church emerged. Hebrew I and Hebrew II together form “An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew”. Hebrew I is designed for the complete beginner whilst…

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Consider the Heavens

Monday, 16 September @ 19:30 - 21:00
The Digby Church Hall, Digby Road
Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3NL United Kingdom
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Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell - courtesy RSE Faith and Science are often thought as mutually exclusive. Moreover, science is commonly seen as gradually whittling away the space left in our world for God. The discovery of the so-called 'God particle' at CERN in 2012 and the sheer immensity of the universe we see in the night sky can all conspire to question the place, even the need for God in our society. We welcome this evening the renowned astro-physicist Prof Dame…

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Robots of Good Character

Monday, 30 September @ 19:30 - 21:00
The Digby Church Hall, Digby Road
Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3NL United Kingdom
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DATE TBC Professor Nigel Crook is head of Robotics and Machine Learning at Oxford Brookes University. In this talk he will explore whether we can build robots that have good moral character – and whether or not we should. He will broadly outline some existing approaches to building ‘autonomous moral machines’ and offer his own thoughts on what should be the key components to such machines. The idea of robots being able to make decisions based on a form of…

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November 2019

Holy Stardust

Monday, 4 November @ 19:30 - 21:00
The Digby Church Hall, Digby Road
Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3NL United Kingdom
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Angela Tilby spent 22 years as a producer with the BBC's religious affairs department before being ordained. She served as the vicar of St Bene'ts church in Cambridge and is Canon Emeritus of Christchurch Cathedral Oxford. She is a regular contributor to Radio 4's Thought for the Day and the Daily Service. The title of her talk is taken from her essay published in Living the Mystery, edited by Jeffrey John. In the essay she explored the apparent conflict between…

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Forthcoming Events
  1. Killing Machines

    Monday, 28 January @ 19:30 - 21:00
  2. Fortress Britain

    Monday, 17 June @ 19:30 - 21:00
  3. The Cost of Care

    Monday, 1 July @ 19:30 - 21:00
  4. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I

    Wednesday, 4 September - Friday, 6 September
  5. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II

    Monday, 9 September - Wednesday, 11 September