St Michael’s Lectures 2018

Hosted by: St Michael's Lecture - Dr David Beadle

7.30 pm, Friday 9th November. Please note the day/date. JOHN THURMER MEMORIAL LECTURE: Seona Ford (Chair, The Dorothy L. Sayers Society) The Life and Work of Dorothy L. Sayers – a strong, life-long interest of Canon Thurmer.


Everyone, of any faith or none, is warmly welcomed to the St Michael’s Lectures. Admission is FREE (with a voluntary retiring collection).

Lectures are followed by discussion and light refreshments, and are held in St. Michael’s Church. For further information, or to discuss disabled access, contact us at – the Lecture Series has been organised by Dr David Beadle

Other Lecture Dates for 2018/ (also see Poster below):-


Past Lectures in 2018.

Wednesday 25th April at 7.30pm, St Michael’s Lecture by Dr David Beadle, Lecture Series organiser, on “A personal return to Death”. Three and a half years ago, David gave a St Michael’s Lecture outlining some academic ideas about the relationships between life and death, in the Bible and in modern Europe. The recent death of his Grandmother, with whom he was very close, has made him reassess the matter in a very personal way. Drawing on personal experience and his poetry, as well as on academic sources, he will explore again the relationships between life and death.

May – two LGBT+ items either side of Exeter Pride on Sat 12th May. Wed 9 May 7.30pm, a screening of Florence Browne’s film about LGBT people in the Church of England, “Just as I am”, with an introductory talk. And Wed 23 May 7.30pm, Nicola Field, founding member of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, as featured in the 2014 film “Pride”, screening the Channel 4 documentary on their movement, “All Out: Dancing in Dulais” and speaking on its lessons for the 21st century.

Wednesday 27th June at 7.30pm, we welcome Terry Beverton, Psychotherapist and member of St Mike’s congregation to speak from varied personal experience on “Psychotherapy: A Therapeutic Practitioner’s Esoteric Journey”. He will speak about Freud, Jung, Tibetan Buddhism, the philosopher Narajuna, hermetic cosmology, and his conceptual framework for psychotherapy.  Please come – and invite friends – to hear about this fascinating set of ideas. Terry has offered to produce a reading list related to his philosophical journey.

7.30 pm, Weds 18th July – Rev Dr David Nixon (St Thomas Church, Exeter, formerly Dean of Studies for South West Ministry Training Course) will ask the question: “What does God think about Brexit?”

7.30 pm, Weds 26th September. St Michael’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations Lecture. Richard Parker (Buildings Archaeologist & Chapel Warden of St Michael’s Mount Dinham) Anglo-Catholicism and the Crypto-Papalist Axis of Evil? The Roots of Religion at Mount Dinham.

7.30 pm, Weds 24th October. JOHN HUGHES MEMORIAL LECTURE: Dr Alison Milbank (Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham) asks: “Does the Parish have a future?”
Please support – Prof Alison Milbank is a highly-regarded writer and speaker, and former colleague and friend of Fr John Hughes.

St Michael's Lectures - Poster 2018-19


St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Dinham Road, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EB