2013 BCDD Annual Lecure
Facing Facts, Fighting Fear: Evangelicals responding to Muslims
given by Dr Richard McCallum, Centre for Muslim and Christian Studies, Oxford
This year's lecture takes place at St Margaret's Church, Thornbury on Wednesday 15th May 2013 at 7pm. Places are free but booking is essential.
Drawing on his recent research Dr Richard McCallum will consider the contemporary responses of British Evangelical Christians to the increasingly visible presence of Islam in Britain. Whilst some stress the need to respond to the challenges this presence poses, others emphasise the need to build bridges and maintain good community relations. Through recent Christian writing and public discourse this lecture will examine the tensions this creates within the community and look at some of the theological, sociological and political issues underlying these responses. It will also address questions of multiculturalism, identity formation, proselytism, religious freedom, church-state relations and political representation as they concern British Evangelicals. Finally the lecture will explore the possible future directions that the Evangelical church in Britain may take as it ministers to a society that increasingly includes many from a Muslim background.
About the speaker:
Richard McCallum spent ten years teaching English at the Université de Tunis and five years leading a large independent church in the southwest of England. He is now working at the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies in Oxford.
Please contact Carmel in the BCDD office to book your place
2012 BCDD Annual Lecture
Being Confident in an Uncertain Place
A dedicated crowd who battled through the elements of wind and rain gathered last night at St Auigustine's to hear Bishop Nick give the 2012 BCDD Lecture. The crowd were entertained by Bishop Nick who told us that "uncertainty - as a universal experience - is as integral to human beings as water is to swimming. Our world and human experience in time and space is shot through with uncertainty. The future lies open and we can walk blindly into it ... or we can grow up, take responsibility and shape it"
You can find the full script of the speech on the Bradford Diocesan website, http://www.bradford.anglican.org/bishop/index.php?PageID=bcddlecture together with links to Bishop Nick's blogs.
Does Society Need Religion?
The 2011 BCDD Annual Lecture 4th July 2011 Given by Caon Paul Hackwood, Chair of CUF
Paul will explore the role of faiths in developing and sustaining a healthy flourishing society. Is religion a help or hindrance?
This is in the context of the start of the Near Neighbours initiative in Bradford that will promote social interaction and shared social action among people of different faiths and no religious faith.
The talk can be downloaded from here.
The 2010 Lecture is part of a series organised by BCDD, St Philip's Centre and London PEN as part of the Presence & Engagement Initiative
This year Dr John Azumah from the London School of Theology will talk on:
The talk will take place on Wednesday 12th May 2010 at 7pm, with refreshments served from 6.30pm
Admission is free but please book your place
The 2009 Annual Lecture was entitled "A Call to Mission: Cross and Crescent" by Revd Colin Chapman
Colin spoke about mission in Muslim contexts at St Augustine's Church, Otley Road, Bradford, BD3 0DN on 15th May 2009.
Please click on the link to see a copy of the report.
The 2008 BCDD Annual Lecture was given by Professor Sebastian Kim, Professor of Theology at York St John University.
At a time when talk is of identity and community, faith and social cohesion, conflict and peace-building, are people of faith part of the problem or the solution?
Click here to download a transcript of the lecture "Community Identity and Peacemaking: Meaningful Engagement of Religious Comunities in Contemporary Society"
The 2007 BCDD Annual Lecture was given by Bishop Michael Nazir Ali, Bishop of Rochester.
The title was "Global and Local: Christian Muslim Relations Here, There and Everywhere" Click here to download a transcript of the lecture.