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.
In the current situation, all our meetings are currently being held using Zoom. The format is the same – 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 an invitation to any of our meetings please email the Church Secretary
Meeting on Thursday 18 August at 7.30 pm
Chris Lawson and David Burke will be speaking on
"Human Rights and Amnesty International "
In the 60 years since Amnesty International was founded to stand up for the human rights of individuals caught up in state oppression, it has grown to be a world-wide movement which defines its purpose as “to protect individuals wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied.” Two members of the Lewes Amnesty Group will speak about their experience. Chris Lawson, a regular participant in thinktank meetings, was on the staff of Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham before moving to Minehead and founding an Amnesty Group there. He came to Lewes in 2018. David Burke, secretary of the group, writes about privacy and the media and has been involved in various campaigning organisations. Their presentation will cover the work of the UN Human Rights Council, what Amnesty groups do, human rights in the USA, the continuing detention of people in Guantámano Bay, the part played by the media, and whether sensationalism helps campaigning. We hope that, subject to Government restrictions, we can hold this meeting in the Church. It will also be streamed live to those who would prefer to access it by Zoom.