21 November 2017, 7pm
Inaugural Lecture of the North Wales Theological Society by Professor Wayne Morris, University of Chester
This lecture, presented from the perspective of a Christian theologian, explores the future of religion, faith and spirituality in Wales, the possibilities and challenges for dialogue and collaboration between people of different faith perspectives and none, and considers what a particularly Christian contribution to that might look like.
13 December 2017, 7pm
Landscape Photographer Sarah Canton
Join Sarah as she takes you on a photographic journey from Snowdonia to the Hebridean Islands, with images of stunning coastal scenery, historic slate quarries, abandoned cottages and mountain landscapes.
17 January 2018, 6pm
Inaugural Lecture by Professor Mandy Robbins, Wrexham Glyndwr University
Professor Mandy Robbins is Associate Head of the School of Social and Life Sciences at Wrexham Glyndŵr University.
In 1987 the first cohort of women were ordained as Deacon’s in the Church of England. Their ordination represented a radical and historic change in the nature and experience of ministry for the English Church. However, the women who constituted this first cohort of Deacons were also admitted to a ministry that was intended to be bounded, not for them the progression from Deacon to Priest that their male counterparts would follow, rather they would remain within a ‘permanent diaconate’ in effect, ‘priests in waiting’. By 1994 the pressure for change had become irresistible and the Church enacted legislation that admitted women to the priesthood.
Mandy’s initial engagement with this remarkable group of women was through a survey that explored their experiences of a long and often challenging journey to fulfil their calling. The level of response to the survey spoke volumes, but it wasn’t all about numbers – the survey sought to understand the women as a group and as individuals and rather tellingly, the personal letters she received revealed these women’s hopes and fears for their ministries, and their positions as pioneers in a Church and within communities.
In 2007 a second survey was conducted that enabled a comparison of the experiences of the pioneering priests and those who followed them into ministry. Whilst again the numbers revealed much, the research also showed that the Church, their communities, and the women Deacons themselves had changed. To explore the changes these women had undergone, and their experiences Mandy turned from studying them as members of a community to studying them as individuals, with their own, personal stories.