St Martin-in-the-Fields’ Autumn Lecture Series: Mercy

2019 has been unprecedented for division in our nation. Phrases such as Broken Britain, Austerity and Brexit have become indicative of factions within our country, our communities and often within our homes. 

In this special series of talks, in partnership with St. Martin-in-the-Field, we reflect on the outstanding qualities of mercy and how, as Christians, we are called to be the glue that unites in all walks of life.

St Martin-in-the-Fields’ Autumn Lecture Series explored the concept of mercy and how it influences a broad range of issues in modern society such as: race, equality, truth, justice and communication.

They brought together renowned writers, artists, and speakers to address how we discover a mercy that will lead to a deeper humanity and true transformation.

The Quality of Mercy in Preaching Brian McLaren

In this programme we are going to hear from Brian McLaren an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former pastor and teacher, he is the author of numerous influential books, including the award-winning A New Kind of Christianity. He is a passionate advocate for a Christianity that is just, generous, and committed to working with people of all faiths for the common good.

 

The Quality of Mercy in Preaching Anna Carter Florence

In this programme we are going to hear from Anna Carter Florence, the Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary, Georgia, and one of America’s most gifted preachers. A minister in the Presbyterian Church and a former youth pastor, she is the author of Rehearsing Scripture: Discovering God’s Word in Community, based on her Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale Divinity School.

 

The Quality of Mercy in Preaching Pádraig Ó Tuama

In this programme we’re going to hear from Pádraig Ó Tuama, a poet and theologian from Ireland with interests in conflict, story and religion. From 2014-2019 he was the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation centre.

 

The Quality of Mercy in Social Justice Bishop James Jones

In this programme we are going to hear from Bishop James Jones who speaks, writes and broadcasts on issues from the environment to ethics in business, from regeneration to regionalisation and from faith to its impact on the future. Formerly he was Bishop of Liverpool and before that Bishop of Hull. Having chaired the Hillsborough Independent Panel and was an adviser to the Home Secretary on Hillsborough.

The Quality of Mercy in Social Justice Winnie Varghese

In this programme we’re going to hear from Winnie Varghese who is a priest on the Strategic Clergy team at Trinity Church Wall Street, New York. She blogs for Patheos; is author of Church Meets World; is editor of What We Shall Become and has authored numerous articles and chapters on social justice and the church.

 

The Quality of Mercy in Story Michael Morpurgo

In this programme we are going to hear from Michael Morpurgo who is an author, poet and playwright who has written over 130 books including War Horse, adapted for a world famous stage production by the National Theatre and as a film directed by Steven Spielberg.

 

The Quality of Mercy in Music Lucy Winkett and Bob Chilcott

In this programme we’re going to hear from Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James’s, Piccadilly, London and Bob Chilcott, a composer, conductor, and singer. Together they’re going to explore The Quality of Mercy in Music and their starting point is Harmony.

 

The Quality of Mercy in Drama Simon Russell Beale, Juliet Stevenson and Richard Carter

In this programme we are going to explore The Quality of Mercy in Drama with Simon Russell Beale, Juliet Stevenson and Richard Carter. The conversation starts with Simon reflecting on Shakespeare and forgiveness.