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Contemporary Society and Contemporary Religion

The Christ Church Thinktank has been in existence for over 10 years. It draws on speakers from all the churches in the Lewes area.  Our speakers provide their services without charge, so our meetings are free and open to all. Whether you go to church or not, join us whenever the topic interests you.

Our meetings are usually held in the church and are also available via Zoom. The format is  45 minutes talk and 45 minutes discussion and our average attendance is about 30. All meetings are from 7.30 pm to 9 pm.

If you would like to attend any of our meetings by Zoom, please email the Church Secretary  for further details.

Meeting on Wednesday 15 February at 7.30 pm

Peter Shears will be speaking on

"Lifelong Learning: what does it mean, who is it for, and why does it matter? "

Peter Shears is a teacher in a Catholic comprehensive school with 30 years' experience as an Assistant Head and Head of English. He has recently completed a two-year part-time MA in Christianity and the Arts at King's College London and, before that, spent two years training part-time for Reader ministry in the Church of England. Peter will share insights he has gained from his own experiences as a mature learner. If lifelong learning is important, both to individuals and to society as a whole, how can it be made available to everyone? What organisations within our society - schools, community centres, churches, U3A - should be responsible for its provision and funding?

Meeting on Wednesday 15 March at 7.30 pm

Professor Vivian Vignoles will be speaking on

"Identities: What are they, and do they have to be so divisive? "

Discussions about identity have been a common theme in recent controversies, including those surrounding Brexit, historical monuments, and womens rights. Participants in these debates often demand that their own identities should be respected, while accusing their opponents of playing identity politics. But what does all this mean? Viv is currently Professor of Social and Cross-Cultural Psychology at the University of Sussex. During 25 years of research on identity processes he co-edited the two-volume Handbook of Identity Theory and Research. In his introductory talk, he will consider identities as ways of understanding ourselves, that we create, maintain, and defend, rather than as innate characteristics. In non-specialist language, he will explain identity processes from classic social psychological studies and from his own research. These findings help to explain why identities so often lead to social division and suggest how such division might be reconciled.