Ricky Panter talks to use about the inaugrual Liverpool Cathedral Urban lecture which takes place on June 17th.
This is the inaugural Cathedral Urban lecture, explain why you have chosen to do this?
We are probably the most ‘urbanised’ diocese in the country – by which we mean we have the highest proportion of areas of high deprivation than anywhere else. And in this context we have been looking for opportunities for people to engage theologically with ‘urban’ ministry. (Although we say ‘urban’ we include deprivation in rural communities.)
There used to be an annual Lecture at St Nick’s, which Pete Winn organised, but more recently we haven’t had a centrally organised event. The Cathedral – both given its own Urban context, and the considerable urban experience of our current dean, seems a good place to focus the event – alongside the potential links and opportunities with the St Aidan’s/Mellitus college being based there.
What will you be exploring during the lecture?
The purpose is to engage nationally recognised theologians and practitioners to help us think though the opportunities, rewards, challenges and insights that urban ministry provides
Is the church called to be prophetic in the urban area?
What are the challenges facing the urban church? what is the future for urban ministry?
These are the kind of questions we will address – positively and with reference to biblical mandates
Is this a one off lecture?
Definitely not – we are already planning for next year’s topic and speaker – and hope to announce on this occasion.
Why are lectures like this important for our development as a church?
We need to be reflective about our context, and to listen to what the Spirit is saying at this point in time, requires this kind of engagement.