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"seeking to proclaim the Gospel and serve our local community"

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 held in the church and 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 16 February at 7.30 pm

Professor Tony Fielding will be speaking on

"Effects of Covid-19 on Internal Migration. What we can learn from Japanese experience "

Tony Fielding is Emeritus Professor of Human Geography at the Centre for Migration Research in the University of Sussex. After graduating at the London School of Economics, he has lived in Lewes, and now Isfield, since 1964. He has worked extensively on aspects of migration in the UK and organised a range of courses on this subject, especially for international students. He has also written about migration in East Asia, where he has lived for short periods between 1994 and 2007. His talk will consider major migration changes affecting cities, towns, and rural areas in the UK, drawing, in part, on recent research in Japan.

Meeting on Wednesday 16 March at 7.30 pm

Margaret Carey will be speaking on

"From Remand to Rehabilitation: the work of Sussex Pathways "

Founded in 2008, within the chaplaincy at Lewes Prison, Sussex Pathways assists residents of prisons in the Southeast to prepare realistic, achievable, individual release plans to help them to stay out of prison. The charity also runs Restorative Justice programmes which encourage residents to face up to the effects of their behaviour on the people they have harmed. Margaret Carey is currently Chair of the Trustees. Earlier she worked in local education, and then in overseas development (Sight Savers International). She founded The Inside Out Trust which ran Restorative Justice based projects in nearly a hundred prisons countrywide, and when this closed, a colleague set up the Margaret Carey Foundation, based in Bradford, as its successor. She served for seven years as an Independent Member of the Parole Board and 23 years as Magistrate. She is an active member of her local Anglican church. She was awarded an MBE in 2001, and Sussex Pathways received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2021.