S. Michael’s Lectures Series
The St Michael’s Lectures Series was founded at the church in 1992 and is traditionally held monthly. A warm welcome is extended to everyone. Lectures are free and a retiring collection is held.
The Lectures Series explores contemporary issues connected with faith and society, Christianity and our heritage, and is enjoyed by people from many different churches and none.
The 2021 Winter Lectures Series began with Hugh Allen’s Lecture on Fr Ignatius’s Monastery at New Llanthony. Earlier in the year, the theme for the Lent Reading Group was “The Persecution of Early Christians in the Roman Empire”.
The online group previously explored “Augustine’s Confessions” in 2017, “The Travels of Egeria” in October 2017, and “The Life of St Antony” in 2018. In 2019 the group read the “Life and Letters of S. Cyprian of Carthage” and in 2020 Bede’s “Ecclesiastical History of the English People” (interrupted by the Pandemic after Book 2).
The Lecture Series’ former curator, Dr David Beadle, ran a special Heritage Lecture Series from 2014-2015, featuring the history of music and liturgy, architecture, craftsmanship and the Peregrines of St Michael’s.
These Heritage Lectures formed part the extended programme of heritage events, funded by the national Heritage Fund for St Michael’s Organ Restoration Project.
In April 2014, the St Michael’s Lectures celebrated their 21st Anniversary with the Very Revd Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, speaking on ‘Real Bible Study’ to an audience of 130 people. Since then special Memorial Lectures have also been held in memory of Rev Dr John Hughes and Canon John Thurmer.
Lectures are given by prominent academics and experts from wide-ranging disciplines, beliefs and backgrounds, some of whom are featured in the gallery below.
Please contact the Parish Administrator, via the contact page if you would like to give a lecture or recommend a lecturer for the Lecture Series.
Image: The Revd Dr John Hughes (1978-2014)
Anglican theologian, Dean of Chapel and Chaplain at Jesus College Cambridge and former Curate of this Parish. He is known for his works on philosophy of religion.