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 Wednesday 19 May at 7.30 pm
Rev Dr Richard Goldring will be speaking on
"ALL lives matter "
Richard Goldring was minister of Streatham United Reformed Church (London SW16) from 1997 to 2009. Most of his congregation were from, or had roots in, West Africa or the Caribbean. During his ministry he visited Ghana to gain a better understanding of the culture of those to whom he was ministering. He also spent a semester teaching at a theological college in Trinidad. Though not a professional historian, he is particularly interested in the histories of those who have traditionally been overlooked. His talk will include some personal reflections on equality, inclusivity, multiculturalism, racism, and the legacy of slavery and the colonial era. He has now retired to Brighton and frequently leads worship here at Christ Church.
Meeting on Wednesday 16 June at 7.30 pm
Dr Peter Holmes will be speaking on
"Brexit isn't done yet. What comes next? "
The government insisted on preservation of sovereignty rather than free trade in its deal with the EU, but the legal framework allows for convergence or divergence to be negotiated in the future. Peter Holmes is an Emeritus Reader in Economics at the University of Sussex Business School and a regular visitor at the College of Europe in Bruges and Warsaw. He has published widely on regionalism and the world trading system, but his talk will avoid technical language.