The Keene Lectures return this autumn


The Keene Lectures will make a welcome return to the Cathedral on Tuesday 31st October, 7th November & 14th November at 7.30pm.  The theme for this year is 'Treasure' and each speaker will address a Christian approach to an issue impacting contemporary society. 

Tuesday 31st October  -Treasuring Each Other – a response to Black History month with Revd Sharon Quilter, Diocesan Racial Justice Officer

Tuesday 7th November – Treasuring The World – a response to the Climate Crisis with the Bishop of Colchester, The Rt. Revd. Roger Morris

Tuesday 14th November – Treasuring The Scriptures – the place of the Bible in a multi-faith world with Drew Maust, Senior Translation Consultant at Wycliffe Bible Translators

Each evening will include a 45 minute presentation from a guest speaker followed by 30 minutes for questions. There will be a break in which drinks will be available to purchase. 

The Keene Lectures discuss contemporary theological issues and are delivered annually in Chelmsford Cathedral. They take their name from John Henry Keene, a prominent citizen of Chelmsford, in whose memory a fund was established to bring distinguished speakers to Chelmsford for this purpose. 

The Diocese of Chelmsford is one of the most diverse areas of the Church of England, and since the beginning of this year has been seeking under Christ to travel well together into God’s future.  This year’s lectures focus on responding to some of the key issues facing the Christian community in Essex and East London, through the lens of Jesus’ words, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.  

The three speakers bring considerable expertise and experience in their fields and I look forward to welcome them and all who gather to hear them to Chelmsford Cathedral this autumn.

Where and when?

The Lectures take place at Chelmsford Cathedral and begin at 7.30pm. Entry is free of charge and there will be a retiring collection for those who would like to sustain the Keene Fund for the future. Everybody is welcome.

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