A LICENSED BAR A licensed bar will be available – please do not bring your own alcoholic drink as this will contravene our licence conditions.
Thursday March 5th Major Christine McCutcheon from the Salvation Army in Ripon. Christine will speak about the work of the Ripon Food Bank which our group of churches support. Thursday March 12th Edward Stourton: ‘The Blind Spot – Religion and Broadcasting’. Edward Stourton is a BBC broadcaster and presenter of the BBC Radio 4 programme Sunday and a frequent contributor to the Today programme, where for ten years he was one of the main presenters. He read English literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, served as president of the Cambridge Union and editor of the student magazine Rampage. Edward has made a number of current affairs programmes for Radio 4 including Asia Gold, Global Shakeout, The Violence Files, With us or against us, United Nations – or not? He presented a four-part series about the Roman Catholic Church entitled Absolute Truth. In 2001 Edward won the Amnesty International Award for best television documentary for an episode of Correspondent about the Khaim detention centre during the Israeli occupation of Southern Lebanon. Edward is a Roman Catholic who regularly presents Sunday, Radio 4’s religious and ethical current affairs programme. Thursday March 19th The Reverend Canon Robin Gamble - Bishop's Adviser for Church Growth:'One to One' - sharing faith in a rural context. Robin is a Bradfordian. Three times he has removed himself from the city and each time he has returned to walk its hills, support its football team, paint its landscapes, read its literature and to eat its curries and fish n’ chips. Former Vicar of Holy Trinity, Idle, he is also the Bishop’s advisor in growing the church. He has authored various books and booklets, produced the ‘START’ course, and heads up the nationally acknowledged ‘Leading Your Church Into Growth’ project. Thursday March 26th Des Scott - Chief Executive Officer of the Church Army’: ‘A fractured society’. Des was appointed Interim CEO in July 2019. In this role, he leads a team of over 500 people, working across the British Isles and Ireland. Des has been part of Church Army for almost 30 years, starting initially as a youth worker in charge of a youth project in London. He has also led the Marylebone Project and the Initial Training Team, delivering the change from a three-year residential model of training to the current, part-time model. Up until recently, Des has had oversight for Church Army’s Operational Team, as well as responsibility for the oversight of the Marylebone Project, Amber Project and Cardiff Residential Services, as well as direct line management of many of the central team including Finance, HR and Services. He held the post of Deputy Chief Executive since 2012. Des’s passion is for social justice and seeing people and communities have the opportunity to attain their full potential.