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Rev Canon Prof James Walters Public Lecture on 21st June 2024

7 May 2024

The William Temple Foundation is delighted to announce a Keynote Public Lecture by Professor James Walters where he will consider the role of faith in British society within the context of global trends towards religious nationalism and escalating conflict. This lecture represents the centre piece of the Virtual Festival of Public Theology which the Foundation is running over the weekend of 21st and 22nd of June 2024.

Prof Walters will address the dramatic expansion of religious diversity and plurality in the UK and the issues they raise in policy and cultural debates, not least as British communities navigate the effects of the conflict in the Middle East. Professor Walters will highlight some of the challenges but also opportunities that lie ahead for the future of relations between Faith and State and wider society as we rebuild the social and economic fabric of our nation. The political and theological implications of this vision will be discussed by a panel of William Temple Foundation Research Fellows and Trustees including Prof Simon LeeProf Chris BakerDr Saiyyidah Zaidi and Revd Dr Ericsson Mapfumo.

Prof Chris Baker, Director off the William Temple Foundation has said of the lecture,

‘We are delighted to welcome Jim’s lecture as the centrepiece for our Festival of Public Theology. Jim is one of the foremost voices reflecting on the role of faith and belief in the public square in the UK and beyond, and how its relationship with wider society may evolve in the context of unfolding uncertainty and challenge.’

This public lecture is part of the William Temple Festival of Public Theology which will take place on 21-22 June 2024. The Festival offers an innovative online programme of short courses about theology, plurality and activism in public life. Building on the earlier traditions of William Temple College, it draws on current research and expertise of scholars affiliated with the William Temple Foundation. To learn more about the Festival of Public Theology and to register free for the lecture by Prof Walters, go to eventbrite, here.

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