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Fierce Imaginings – God and the Great War

Canon Rachel Mann is a priest in the diocese of Manchester with a long fascination for the Great war of 1914-1918. As we come to the end of a four reflecting upon that conflict and the effect it had on the world and those who experienced it we welcome Canon Rachel to help us explore the question: What effect did the Great War have on the perception of God and the Church. It has been suggested that the concept of…

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National Truths

We are particularly pleased to welcome Bishop Jana Jeruma-Grindberga, Chaplain of our sister church St Saviour’s, Riga in Latvia, to talk to us about Truth and Nations. During the 20th century the Baltic states found themselves at the mercy of the Soviet Union with their national stories often buried beneath a tide of soviet propaganda. The perversion of truth to serve a national interest is nothing new but the systematic and wholesale corruption of reality that characterised the Soviet Union…

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I think, therefore I am?

Jon Riding, in addition to his role as the coordinator of the Insight Programme here at the Abbey, has for almost 30 years lead a ground breaking research team working in computational linguistics for the Bible Societies. He is also a theologian at Sarum College where he tutors ministry candidates and teaches biblical languages. Much of his work for the Bible Societies is in building computer systems that can learn about language for themselves. In this lecture he explores the approaching…

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Better Alone? – Frank Field MP

The Rt Hon Frank Field MP visited Sherborne on Friday 20th May  to speak as part of our series of lectures on the EU Referendum under the title “Better Alone”. Almost 300 filled the centre of the Abbey Nave to hear him speak. As promised he has sent a copy of his notes for the evening. Frank Field MP: ‘We are debating the destiny of our nation. Do we see our future to lie within the European state? Or do…

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Better Alone – Frank Field MP

Veteran MP Frank Field returns to Sherborne as part of our series of events exploring the EU Referendum. He has long campaigned for a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU writing in his blog in 2013: the majority of the country will hopefully make their views known in a second vote, which should be held once we have a much clearer idea about what future shape the EU is likely to take.  Our aim, surely, should be to change the EU. And…

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Faith in the Future of the EU – Ben Ryan

Ben Ryan (Theos Think Tank) at Sherborne Insight on Monday 25th April 2016 The first of three lectures on Europe and the impending referendum. To be followed by: Frank Field MP 20/5 – Better Alone Gary Streeter MP 16/6 – Better Together   Well thank you for inviting me here today, I am delighted to be kicking off this Sherborne Insight series which is obviously timely, with the referendum approaching, but I think is also important on a wider level…

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Consuming the Gospel

In a world of conspicuous consumption the gospel is sometimes cast as the antithesis of a consuming society. Dr Colin Greene is a theologian who has for many years been at the forefront of research into gospel and culture. In this lecture he will consider what the Christian gospel has to say to 21st century consumerism and whether there might not be points of contact between the two. Colin lectures at Sarum College where he is the Programme Leader, for the MA in Theology, Imagination…

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Holy and acceptable…

Dr Keith Lamdin asks what gospel truth looks like in the post-modern world. How can our message be both holy and true to the witness of the church through the ages but still accessible and acceptable to the world around us. In a world with no absolutes how can we proclaim a unique message of truth for that world? Has traditional evangelism had its day or should we be going ‘back to basics’? Keith Lamdin retired this summer as Principal of…

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