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33rd Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture - Beating the Bounds: Parish Ministry and Spirituality Today

Westminster Abbey

Thursday, 24 May 2018 from 18:30 to 19:30 (BST)

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The Revd Richard Coles FKC explores the shape of parish priesthood today from the perspective of an incumbent of a small semi-rural parish with a much larger emerging digital and broadcasting ministry; and asks how spirituality sustains that ministry, and is, in return, shaped by it.

The Revd Richard Coles FKC is a priest of the Church of England and Vicar of Finedon in Northamptonshire, where two of his ancestors were vicars in the seventeenth century (the latter sequestered for malignancy). He has a parallel career as a writer and broadcaster. A quarter of a century ago he was in the pop band The Communards, which makes him the only vicar to have had a number one record, after which he read theology at King’s College London. He is the author of four books, including the best-selling memoir, ‘Fathomless Riches'.  His academic thesis, on the Greek text of the Epistle to the Ephesians, rests unread in Leeds University Library. With a particular interest in housing matters, he is Patron of Wellingborough Homes, and is Chancellor of the University of Northampton. He lives in the Vicarage in Finedon with his civil partner David, also ordained, and four dachshunds. 

The Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lectures are given in memory of Dean Eric Symes Abbott (1906-1983), who was at various times Dean of King's College London, Warden of Lincoln Theological College, Warden of Keble College Oxford, and Dean of Westminster. The Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Fund was endowed after his death by his friends to provide for an annual lecture on spirituality and pastoral theology. Past lecturers include the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, the Rt Hon Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, and the playwright David Hare.

 

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 from 18:30 to 19:30 (BST)


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