Archbishop to give first St Wilfrid Lecture of 2014

Rt Revd Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York returns to Ripon Cathedral on Thursday February 27th at 7pm to give the first St Wilfrid Lecture of 2014 on the theme of ‘Beyond War and Conflict: Building Communities of Peace and Reconciliation’.

Archbishop Sentamu gave the very first St Wilfrid Lecture in 2009. Speaking then on the subject of Rethinking Mission: the Church in Contemporary Society, he said that “the Church must be a beacon, by offering the Good News of Christ not just in practical ways but also in a way that embraces the new, that explains the Gospel in a way that is comprehensible and relevant to people today.” The Archbishop of York frequently speaks on international affairs in the House of Lords, with speeches in recent years addressing conflict situations in Tibet and South Sudan, and has also spoken to the Royal Geographical Society on ‘Fighting Justice Under Dictatorship’.

The St Wilfrid Lecture Series was initiated in 2009 as a joint venture between Ripon Cathedral, the Methodist District of York and Hull, the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds and York St John University. The series invites high-profile theologians and public speakers to give lectures which respond to the growing need for theology and education to interact with issues facing society in the 21st century.