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      The Quality of Mercy in Social Justice - Autumn Lecture Series 2019 in London


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      September 30, 2019

      Monday   7:00 PM

      Trafalgar Square
      London, Greater London WC2N 4JJ

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      The Quality of Mercy in Social Justice - Autumn Lecture Series 2019

      Part of the annual Autumn Lecture Series Winnie Varghese is a priest on the Strategic Clergy team at Trinity Church Wall Street. Previously, she was the rector of St. Mark’s in the Bowery, a historic Episcopal congregation in New York City. From 2003-09, she served as the Episcopal Chaplain at Columbia University. She blogs for Patheos; is the author of Church Meets World; is the editor of What We Shall Become, and has authored numerous articles and chapters on social justice and the church  Bishop James Jones speaks, writes and broadcasts on issues from the environment to ethics in business, from regeneration to regionalisation and from faith to its impact on the future. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, and a Fellow of WWF and the Society of the Environment. Formerly he was Bishop of Liverpool (1998-2013) and Hull (1994-98). Having chaired the Hillsborough Independent Panel, he was adviser to the Home Secretary on Hillsborough (2013-18), and was the chair of the Gosport Independent Panel (2014-18).  _____________________________________________________ The quality of mercy is not strained.It droppeth as the gentle rain from heavenUpon the place beneath. It is twice blest:It blesseth him that gives and him that takes...It is an attribute to God Himself;And earthly power doth then show likest God’sWhen mercy seasons justice. — Portia, in William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act 4, Scene 1 ‘There can be no future without forgiveness’ (Desmond Tutu). Against a cultural and political backdrop of division, hostility and blame, our autumn lecture series explores ‘the quality of mercy’. The series brings together brilliant and renowned writers, artists, and speakers to address an issue essential to our times. How can our preachers,prophets, writers, actors and poets help us to see the world through others’ eyes? The spoken, written and embodied word often has the power to bring about catharsis and transformation. Image, narrative and metaphor often hold the secrets of deeper truths. Can a society rediscover an empathy, compassion and depth of understanding that crosses divides and prejudices and widens perspectives? Can mercy ‘season’ justice? Aremercy and accountability compatible? Shakespeare’s Portia suggests mercy becomes a blessing to both the one who gives and the one who receives. Jesus said ‘Blessed are the merciful for they will receive mercy.’ (Matt 5.7) In this exciting Autumn Lecture Series we will be exploring what that means for us.*Cover image: Christ before the High Priest, Gerrit van Honthorst. With permission from The National Gallery

      Categories: Education | Politics & Activism

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