Tenth Anniversary Ebor Lecture on Theology and Public Life

Thursday, 24 November 2016
On 23rd November 2016 the Tenth Anniversary Ebor Lecture in Theology and Public Life was given in York Minster by Right Reverend James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool.
The Ebor Lectures are co-sponsored by a number of ecumenical partners: the British Province of Carmelites, York Minster, York St John University, The Methodist Church, and The Morrell Trust.

The lecture was given in the splendid setting of York Minster.
Bishop Jones delivered a personal and moving lecture on the Church's role in promoting God's Kingdom through seeking justice. He asked: 'How can you be reconciled to the God of Justice and Mercy through the Cross of Christ without being caught up in the divine dynamic of "doing justice and loving mercy"?'

Bishop Jones delivering his lecture.

A question put by the Carmelite Prior Provincial, Fr. Antony Lester.

The event included the presentation of two essay competition prizes to young theology students who had written on different aspects of public theology. In the 19-25 category, Gavin Fleming from Oxford had submitted an essay entitled "The Disease of Decline: A Diagnosis of the Condition of the Church in Secular Society and a Prognosis for its Recovery". In the 18 and under category, Jack Chivers from Cambridge had submitted an essay entitled "Could a promotion of Liberation Theology create a more egalitarian society in the UK?"

Bishop Jones presenting the essay prizes.

Essay prizes winners Gavin Fleming (left) and Jack Chivers.

The event was followed by a dinner celebrating the Tenth Anniversaries of both the Ebor Lectures and York St John receiving university status.

Dinner guests were welcomed by Professor Karen Stanton,
Vice-Chancellor of York St John University.