Autumn Lecture Series 2018

Theology@Wells 2018 Autumn Lectures

Wednesday 10 October (2.15-3.45pm)
The (first) Robinson Lecture: a lecture in two halves, marking the contributions of Bishop John Robinson and Dean Armitage Robinson. The Canon Theologian, Professor David Thomas, looked at “A Common Word”, a recent statement issued ecumenically on interfaith work; and the Dean explored the most recent document issued by the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches as they seek to grow closer together. 

Tuesday 16 October, 2.00pm (Education Room)
“Religious Diversity, Islam and Extremism”: Interfaith Seminar with Douglas Pratt. 

1. The Challenge of Religious Diversity: From Exclusivism to Pluralism

2. The Challenge of Religious Extremism: Islam and Islamophobia

This programme of two sessions will explore the ways in which Christians understand religious diversity and respond to it, and examine two related and vexed issues of our time: Islamic extremism, and fear of Muslims (Islamophobia).
Each session will comprise a talk of 30-40 minutes, followed by discussion and questions. All Welcome.

Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the table in the North Transept if you’d like to attend this free event, or email

Thursday 25 October, 7.00pm (Education Room)

A seminar to set the scene for the commemoration of the end of World War One

The Church of England and the First World War by The Revd Dr Stephen Edmonds

For too long the vision of the Church of England and the First World War has been over-shadowed by the impression of bombastic clerics delivering recruitment-sermons; of ineffectual Edwardian army chaplains, of battle-hymns and parades. I hope to give a differing glimpse of the response of the Church to the conflict, and retell of how the clergy and people of the Church wrestled and engaged with the issues that arose – of the hopes of army chaplains; of how the church cared for the bereaved; of how religious life continued at home, and how the faith held together the common threads of the war – of sacrifice, redemption, loss and commemoration.

STEPHEN EDMONDS was born and raised in South London. Whilst studying at the University of Kent, he was a Methodist Local Preacher but was drawn to the Church of England through the study of the Church Fathers and worship at Canterbury Cathedral. He continued to test his vocation whilst working in London and later completed an MA in Theology. He trained for the priesthood in Cambridge, and read for a PhD in Church History – on the Church of England and the Great War – at Selwyn College, supervised by the Rev’d Dr Jeremy Morris, Master of Trinity Hall. He was ordained in 2015 and serves at St Bartholomew, Sydenham. He is a trustee of the Prayer Book Society and the Church of England Record Society.

The Seminar will be held in the Cathedral’s Education Room, off the Cloisters, at 7pm on Thursday 25th October. Drinks will follow the presentation and discussion.

Please RSVP to Paula by 20th October via


Previous themes have been ‘The Church of England: the next 20 years’ (2009), ‘Present Hope, Future Vision’ (2010), ‘Telling the Truths’ (2011), ‘Texts: Sacred and Secular’ (2012), ‘The European Project’ (2013) and ‘The Ageing Agenda’ (2014) and ‘The Spirituality of Jane Austen (2015).