Lent 2018 at Wells Cathedral

Ash Wednesday: 14th February, services of the day 8am, 9:30am, 5:15pm.

All services will include the imposition of ashes for those who wish. The Eucharist at 5:15pm will be sung by Wells Cathedral Voluntary Choir.

1918-2018: The Conflict that shaped a Century

2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War One, a conflict that shaped the century to come in terms of theology, social practice and world politics.

We have asked a series of preachers to explore some of these themes in addresses at Sunday Evensong (3pm), with tea and a seminar to follow each Sunday.

18th February: Poetry and the Collapse of a Culture

The Revd Canon Rachel Mann, Canon Poet, Manchester Cathedral: Rachel’s recent book ‘Fierce Imaginings’ ranges over the collapse of a culture as witnessed by the poets, soldiers and victims of the Great War. The book has been judged outstanding, and Rachel will offer rich poetry from the period.

25th February: Women in Society

Professor Joy Carter, Vice Chancellor of  Winchester University: In the course of the conflict women took an increasingly public role in society, and the century to come became arguably their century, with votes, leadership and an emerging new voice in society.

4th March: God  

The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford: It is often said that God died in the trenches. Certainly traditional images of God came under severe pressure. And through the century follows we have been searching hard for an image of God to attract imaginations.

[11th March:                          MOTHERING SUNDAY]

18th March:  Islam 

The Revd Canon Professor David Thomas, Birmingham University: The allied victory of 1918 led directly to the collapse of the Ottoman empire – and the long search for a settled pattern of Islamic government; the turmoil still affects our world today.

All welcome! No booking required.