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Encountering God: Justin Welby in conversation with Sam Wells

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Part of the annual Autumn Lecture Series

Most Revd Justin Welby was ordained in 1992 after an 11-year career in the oil industry. In 2002 he became Canon of Coventry Cathedral, where he jointly led its international reconciliation work. During this time he worked extensively in Africa and the Middle East. He has had a passion for reconciliation and peacemaking ever since. He has served as Dean of Liverpool Cathedral and Bishop of Durham, and is the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. His priorities are the renewal of prayer and the religious life, reconciliation, and evangelism and witness.

Revd Dr Sam Wells is Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and a widely known pastor, writer, broadcaster, and theologian. He has served as a parish priest for 19 years and spent 7 years as Dean of Duke University Chapel. Sam is also Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College London. He has published 30 books, including academic studies in Christian ethics, explorations of social mission, liturgy and Anglican faith. His most recent book is Liturgy on the Edge.

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‘Come and see,’ Jesus says to his first disciples in John’s Gospel; and they do just that.


In the Gospel accounts, Jesus’ disciples witness his face-to-face encounters with a remarkable diversity of people - those of other nations, tribes, faiths, religious leaders, sinners seeking forgiveness, those possessed by
evil, those seeking healing, those who betray him, and those whose lives will be forever transformed by his presence. It is not only those who encounter Jesus who are changed, but also those also who witness those encounters, passing them on to others, retelling his stories.


Our Autumn Series of lectures will focus on this theme of encounter. How are we changed by the people, events or objects we encounter when we meet them face-to-face? How do prejudices shift? How are new insights born? What inspires us to new ways of being and relating to God and to others? How do we become who we truly are through those we meet? How do we encounter God in our lives? In each of these lectures prominent and inspirational leaders, thinkers and practitioners will be speaking from a personal but also public perspective about the way such encounters have changed the course of their lives.


This lecture series will be supported by an exhibition in St Martin’s foyer and lightwell by the artist Nicola Green: Encounters, a series of portraits powerfully expressing a series of historic encounters Nicola Green was invited to witness between spiritual leaders around the globe, from the Pope to the Dalai Lama to Chief Rabbis, Grand Muftis, Archbishops and Swamis.

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