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New series of Ebor Lectures announced
02 August 2012

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The speakers in the 2012-13 series of Ebor Lectures in Theology and Public Life have been announced.

The series, co-sponsored by the British Province of Carmelites since it was established in 2006, promote a public conversation about the interplay between faith and the economic, political and social spheres.

The Ebor Lectures take their name from the Latin for "York", where the talks take place, and over the last six years several thousand people have attended presentations given by faith leaders, politicians and academics.

The theme of the seventh series will be "The State of Religion? Establishment, Tolerance and Civic Society".

In the year 306 Constantine was in York when he was declared Roman Emporer. In the year 313 a letter between him and the Emperor Licinius officially promulgated the toleration of Christianity in the Roman Empire. The Ebor Lectures for 2012-13 mark the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan by asking a number of questions about the state of religion in the United Kingdom today. In particular, the lectures focus upon the role of religion in civic society; the contemporary relevance of an established Church; the rise of 'new atheism' and its implications for the role of religion; and the nature of tolerance in a diverse, religiously plural context.

The Ebor Lectures will take place between 3rd October 2012 and 12th June 2013. The speakers will be:

  • Lord Roy Hattersley (writer and broadcaster, and former deputy leader of the Labour Party)
  • Baroness Scotland (former Attorney General)
  • Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh (Emeritus Professor at the Universities of Hull and Westminster)
  • Revd. Dr. Giles Fraser (Priest in Charge at St. Mary's Newington, and columnist for The Guardian)
  • Professor Keith Ward (Regious Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, London)
  • Catherine Pepinster (Editor of The Tablet)
  • Professor Anthony Grayling (Master of the New College of the Humanities and a Supernumerary Fellow of St. Anne's College, Oxford)

Tickets are free of charge. For more informatio
n about the Ebor Lectures and ordering tickets please click here.