On Thursday 10 October David Porter gave the 2013 Catherwood Lecture
Justice, Mercy and Walking with God: The mission of the church and the future of reconciliation in Northern Ireland
David Porter is well known as a co-founder and then Directorof ECONI (Evangelical Contribution on N Ireland). He has served on the N Ireland Community Relations Council, the N Ireland Civic Forum and the independent Consultative Group on the Past (Eames/Bradley). He represented N Ireland on the Evangelical Alliance UK Board, for three years as its chair.
Since 2008, David has been the Canon Director for Reconciliation Ministry at Coventry Cathedral and in February 2013 was appointed the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Director for Reconciliation. In Lambeth he is one of three advisors supporting Archbishop Justin Welby.
A response to the lecture was given by Rev Dr Heather Morris, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland.
Below you can download the text of the lecture and the response, or listen to a recording.
2013 Catherwood LectureCatherwood 2013 - Response Rev Dr Heather Morris
Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin delivered the 2010 Catherwood Lecture, looking at the subject of Contemporary Art and the Return of Religion. She spoke in the University of Ulster’s Magee campus on Wednesday. The video below is from the Thursday night in University of Ulster’s Belfast campus.
Amongst the blocks of colour, unmade beds, sheds and rubble, do you see any aspect of religious expression or faith in modern art? Was it a positive representation? Was the art any good?
Adrienne suggested that after several centuries of mutual distrust, mainstream contemporary art from Andy Warhol and Andres Serrano to Damien Hirst and Chris Ofili can now be seen to incorporate the kind of religious references which since the origins of modern art had been largely absent.
This raises some interesting questions: How do these images relate to their historic, traditional meanings? To whom do religious stories and symbols belong? And how should Christians respond to such works?
Dr Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin studied art history and violin in the Free University in Amsterdam, taught philosophical aesthetics at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, and was president of the Canadian Society for Aesthetics. Her research interests are the problem of meaning in art, art and embodiment, and theological aesthetics. Published in various books and journals and co-author of Art and Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts (IVP, 2002), Adrienne is a free-lance writer and speaker, currently writing on the relation between faith and art.
Paul Moore is the former Head of Group Regulatory Risk at HBOS and was the only senior risk and compliance executive in the UK banking sector to speak out publicly in the aftermath of the financial crisis about what he saw from the inside of a bank. His influential evidence given to the Treasury Select Committee in February 2008 was widely publicised in the media and led directly to the resignation of Sir James Crosby, the Deputy Chairman of the FSA. He maintained that failures in governance, risk management, compliance and regulatory supervision were at the primary causes of the banking crisis.
Prior to HBOS, Paul was a Partner at KPMG in London advising banks, insurance companies and asset managers on regulation, risk management and compliance. He has 25 years of experience in the financial sector in these areas which encompasses both working in industry as a "coal-face" practitioner as well as in professional services as an adviser to the largest financial sector clients.
Paul was educated at Ampleforth College, an independent school run by a Benedictine Monastery. He re-found his faith in the last ten years. This has given him the strength he needed to speak up.