Chelmsford Cathedral
Theological Society 2018

The Chelmsford Cathedral Theological Society has a strong record of putting on interesting and often challenging lectures in Essex and East London, and I’m delighted that we are continuing that tradition in 2018.

The six lectures and two study mornings cover a wide range of subjects, and we are lucky to have attracted a strong and varied list of visiting speakers again this year.  A copy of the talk is available by clicking on the lecture title, once it is blue.

During Lent there will also be weekly Wednesday evening reflections held in the north transept of the Cathedral. 

To view the series of 2017 lectures, please click here.

Thursday Study Mornings

The Thursday Study Mornings give a longer chance for participants to engage theologically with a specific area.


Thursday 15th March, 10.00am to 1.00pm

St Mary’s Walthamstow

Theology and Art: God, creativity and beauty

Led by Ian Adams, with Cameron Conant

Ian Adams works with words and images to explore the possibility of faith, hope and love reshaping the world. He is a poet, writer, photographer and priest, Spirituality Adviser to Church Mission Society, Tutor in Pioneering at Ridley Hall Cambridge, and partner in the Beloved Life project. Cameron Conant is a writer who also advises St Mary's Walthamstow on arts and culture projects as part of the St Mary's Arts Collective.

Please register for this Study Morning on the ‘book events’ page of the Cathedral website.

Cost: £5 (payable on the day)


Thursday 4th October, 10.00am to 1.00pm

Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House

Return to Sender: grappling with the Apostle Paul through his letter to the Galatians

Revd Matthew Simpkins

Matt Simpkins is Curate in the Wickford & Runwell Team Ministry and the Bishop of Chelmsford’s Chaplain. He read theology at Trinity St David and Oxford University, and has researched Christian ethics under the supervision of Professor Nigel Biggar.  He has recently had articles published on democracy (Crucible), market morality (Political Theology), and marriage (Theology).

Please register for this Study Morning on the ‘book events’ page of the Cathedral website.

Cost: £5 (payable on the day)


Wednesday Evening Lectures

Wednesday 17th January at 8.00pm

Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House

Faith, Conflict and Empire: an illustrated story of an Irish doctor’s 50 years’ service in a British uniform through two world wars and Imperial campaigns

David Worsfold

David Worsfold is an award-winning financial journalist, experienced conference speaker, and radio and television commentator on insurance and financial issues. His first book, Fighting for the Empire, a military biography, was published in 2016.

Cost: £3.50 (payable on the day)


Wednesday 7th February at 8.00pm

Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House

Liminality: a theology of thresholds

Revd Canon Rosy Fairhurst

Rosy Fairhurst is Canon Chancellor at Leicester Cathedral. She previously worked for the Grubb Institute, notably on a research project on English Cathedrals, Spiritual Capital.  She is a journalist and writer, whose publications include Uncovering Sin: Gateway to healing and calling.

Cost: £3.50 (payable on the day)


Wednesday 18th April at 8.00pm

Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House

Revisiting the Welfare State: William Temple’s wisdom for today

Revd Dr Sue Lucas

Sue Lucas is Team Rector of East Ham in East London. She has a PhD in philosophy and an MA in theology, and alongside parish ministry continues to write and think about the relationships between theology, ethics, social justice and critical theory.

Cost: £3.50 (payable on the day)


Wednesday 18th July at 8.00pm

Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House

Finding the Divine in the gaps: a poetic exploration

Revd Ruth Wells

Ruth Wells was ordained as a Deacon in the Church of England in July 2017 and is serving her curacy in Dorset. Her interests include feminist theology and poetry, and the interplay between them. She is a wife and mother and loves to spend time with her family.

Cost: £3.50 (payable on the day)


Wednesday 12th September at 8.00pm

Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House

The reading habits of British ministers

Revd Dr Paul Beasley-Murray

Paul Beasley-Murray was the Senior Minister of Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford between 1993 and 2014, when he retired. Amongst his previous appointments he was Principal of Spurgeon’s College in London. He is now a member of the Chelmsford Cathedral congregation. A prolific author, his books and articles for the most part reflect on the practice of ministry.

Cost: £3.50 (payable on the day)


Wednesday 17th October at 8.00pm

Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House

Youth Work, Rivalry and the Gospel

Tim Leeson

Tim Leeson has been involved in youth ministry for fourteen years, and has worked in a number of different contexts over that time: from a free Charismatic church, to a Cathedral, via a school and a YMCA. In that time, has studied for a BA and an MA in Christian youth ministry, and is now working towards a doctorate in practical theology.

Cost: £3.50 (payable on the day)


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