Sarah Coakley is Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. She is a leading scholar in the fields of Philosophy of Religion and Theological Ethics and has wide interdisciplinary interests. Her major works include Powers and Submissions: Spirituality, Philosophy and Gender (Blackwell, 2002), The New Asceticism: Sexuality, Gender and the Quest for God (Bloomsbury 2015) and God, Sexuality and the Self: An Essay “On the Trinity” (Cambridge University Press, 2011): the first of a four-volume systematic theology. She is an Anglican priest of the diocese of Ely and a minor canon of Ely Cathedral.
With the UK voting to leave the European Union and with increasing division, xenophobia, and confusion over national and international relationships, the St Martin-in-the-Fields Autumn Lecture Series examines the crucial question: Who is my Neighbour? What does the Christian commandment to love one’s neighbour as oneself actually means for us today? Lectures by renowned theologians and thinkers will reflect on this subject in relation to issues of ecology, immigration, fear and discrimination, the present political climate both in UK, Europe and the USA and how that the lives of our poorest neighbours may in fact be God’s gift to us as a Church and as a Nation.