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22nd March 2019

“Any Questions?” at Cathedral


The Very Reverend Dr Frances Ward will chair another lively ‘Any Questions?’ style event on the 22nd April at 7.45pm in Suffolk’s Cathedral.

Within the historical walls of St Edmundsbury Cathedral this beautiful building will come alive with debate, politics and provocation from an all female panel of distinguished guests. The panel all come from very different perspectives and will be debating questions sent in by the public.

This event follows on from the success of the last fascinating and thought provoking debate, and supports the Diocese in its commitment to widening dialogue and learning opportunities for all in the community.
The Very Reverend Dr Frances Ward commented, ‘Desmond Tutu once said that he didn’t know what Bible people were reading who said politics and religion don’t mix and here at St Edmundsbury Cathedral we are able to offer a really valuable space for face to face debate and discussion about issues that matter to everyone – of whatever age. This event puts the relationship between faith and politics in today’s world firmly into focus.’

The panel of speakers consists of:
Christina Rees, CBE. Christina is the newly appointed Dean of Little Gidding. She was a member of the General Synod and the Archbishops’ Council for many years, and a leading campaigner for women’s ordination. She has recently been awarded a CBE for services to the Church of England. Christina is a well-known broadcaster and writer.

Jo Churchill Conservative Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds and serves on the Women and Equalities Select Committee. Her experiences led her to campaign on behalf of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity. She also sat on the National Advisory Group and lobbied Parliament on several occasions. Amongst other charitable work she was on the board of Governors for a local secondary school and for a special educational needs school.

Sally-Ann Sweeney, local Hairdresser working in Hatter Street, Bury St Edmunds who says, “I have no specific qualifications for being on this panel but I hope sharing ideas will encourage our society to be more connected and in turn more compassionate.”

Cllr Julia Wakelam is currently Deputy Mayor of St Edmundsbury and Green Party ward councillor for Risbygate. Julia has been an active campaigner for affordable housing, equality issues, green issues and climate change, civil justice for all and our local environment. She has been actively involved with many community activities in the town.

So what would you like to hear debated? The public are invited to send in their questions to anyquestions@stedscathedral.org

Join us for this lively debate and discussion about key issues affecting our communities and the environment we live in.

Tickets (includes glass of wine or soft drink) are £10 per Adult, £5 for those in further education (with student card), £2 for school age pupils and can be booked at the Cathedral Office or call 01284 748720.

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