at the United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester
Wednesdays 12:30 – 13:00
the global finance crisis, its roots and its results
by Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby, formerly Bishop of Worcester and Bishop to HM Prisons,
now President of the National Council for Independent Monitoring Boards
|Outline of the series, with reading list. †
Note that we are unable to provide the texts of Bishop Peter’s talks, as he never speaks from a script.
Each talk lasts for half an hour and is followed by a fifteen-minute ‘Question Time’ chaired by Debbie Thrower.
Wednesdays at 12:30
Sandwiches available after each talk
Admission is free, but we rely on donations to fund expenses.
† Copyright of each recording or text belongs to the speaker. Recordings and texts are made available here, by kind permission of the speakers, for personal, non-commercial use only.
In his book Grace and Mortgage, first published in 1997, Peter Selby, then Bishop of Worcester, and a noted theologian, established the connection between the biblical language of faith and the reality of global indebtedness. Contrasting the divine economy of grace with the slavery produced by debt, Selby argued that in “spiritual-ising” the Gospel message we falsely allow ourselves to worship both God and Mammon. He demonstrates how to break that idolatrous collusion.
|O God, Maker of the heavens and the earth, all that we have is your gift.
You have enabled us to create money to be an instrument of trade for our wellbeing.
Make us wise stewards of this and every gift, so that we may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God.
- The Spring series, on 28 April and 5, 19 and 26 May, will be called Aspects of Alfred.
- The Autumn series, Sanctuary, will be on 29 September, 6, 13 and 20 October, and 3, 10, 17 and 24 November.
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|Autumn 2009: ||Seven talks under the general title “Prophets for our Time”. The programme page has texts and recordings of all of the talks in the series.|
|Spring 2009: ||Four reflections on the nature of Inspiration and Place under the general title “Inspired”. The programme page has recordings of two of the talks in the series.|
|January 2009: ||Four talks by Revd Dr Martyn Atkins under the general title “The Audacity of Hope”. The programme page has recordings of all the talks in the series.|
|Autumn 2008: ||“When I’m Sixty-Four ... A Celebration of the Third Age!” The programme page has recordings of all the talks in the series.|
|Spring 2008: ||“What can Christianity do for you?” The programme page has recordings of all the talks in the series.|
|January 2008: ||Four talks by Bishop Richard Harries (Lord Harries of Pentregarth) under the overall title “The Re-Enchantment of Morality: Wisdom for a Troubled World”. The programme page has recordings of all the talks in the series.|
|Autumn 2007: ||“Spirituality & ...”. The programme page has recordings of all the talks in the series.|
|May 2007: ||“After Anne Frank”. The programme page includes the recording of Prof. Michael Taylor’s talk.|
|Jan-Feb 2006: ||Rev. Joel Edwards gave four talks under the general title “Respect”. The texts of his talks have been made available by the Evangelical Alliance.|
|2004: ||Bishop John Baker (formerly Bishop of Salisbury) gave a series of four talks on the Lord’s Prayer. The text of those talks is here.|
|2004: ||Another series of talks by Bishop John Baker, “Between Faith and Doubt” (about God, about Jesus, about Good and Evil and about Life and Death), is available here.|
Space in the City is organised by members of the United Church, St Bartholomew’s, St Peter’s and St Lawrence with St Swithun, in conjunction with the School of Spirituality.
|This page was updated on 18 March 2010 by . Comments and suggestions welcome!
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