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Events are open to Fellows and Members of Sion College only.

Seminar Supper: Business & Social Cohesion

Speaker: Catherine McGuinness, Chair of Policy & Resources, City of London Corporation

One of the most unsettling revelations of the last year, and in particular during the General Election campaign, was the clarity with which painful divisions across the United Kingdom were highlighted. The social fabric of the country had clearly been under significant strain and politicians of all parties as well as a wider group of the leaders of civic society and of the faith communities have become increasingly vocal in their expressions of concern. As is often the case in such circumstances the business world has been criticised and the City of London particularly.

This seminar supper will take place in the Basinghall Suite of the City's Guildhall and the caterers on the evening will be from The Clink who are regularly used by the City of London Corporation as well as more widely in the Square Mile. Based in Brixton Prison, the Clink trains prisoners who are working towards gaining their City & Guilds NVQs in Food & Beverage service, professional cookery & food hygiene. They have a stellar reputation for quality as their ratings on Trip Adviser testify.

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Seminar Supper: Judaism in the light of Christ: Preaching on Challenging New Testament Texts

Speaker: Paula Gooder, Canon Chancellor St Paul’s Cathedral

Renowned New Testament and Pauline Scholar, now also Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, Paula Gooder is well known as an interesting engaging, thought provoking and entertaining speaker.

In this seminar supper she will help us to explore those difficult bits of the Bible that raise challenging questions about Christianity’s relationship with Judaism. At a time when anti-semitism is once more raising its ugly head, this seems is an important topic for the church to engage with once more. As many of the most difficult texts appear in the Holy Week and Easter liturgies Lent seems like an ideal time to get prepared.

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Annual General Meeting and Feast at Apothecaries’ Hall

Speaker: Catherine Fox, Author & Lecturer

The President and Court of Governors request the pleasure of your company at the Annual Feast of the College on Thursday 30th April 2020 at Apothecaries’ Hall, Black Friars Lane, London EC4V 6EJ at 7pm for 7:30pm. Dress: Black Tie or Cassock.

We are delighted this year to welcome Catherine Fox as our principal speaker. Doctor Catherine Fox is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, and academic director of the Manchester Writing School.  She is author of seven novels; a memoir about her quest to get a judo black belt, and a series of humorous books about the Church of England.  Catherine won the Jerusalem Award 2018 for Short Form Radio.

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Visit: A full-day visit to Bletchley Park with lunch

Bletchley Park is a place of exceptional historical importance. It remains highly relevant to our lives today and for the future. It is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology. 

The Sion College group will gather at the Bletchley Park Visitor Centre at 11am (to go in as a group) for a one-hour guided tour, with a private group lunch.

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Seminar Supper: Modern Commonwealth

Speaker: Robert Hardman, Royal biographer

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal countries, of which 31 are small states, many of them island nations. It is home to 2.4 billion people, and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. Its members work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace, amplify the voice of small states, and protect the environment.

Our venue for this seminar supper is The Caledonian Club. Originally founded in 1891 it is the representative national club and headquarters for Scots in London.

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Reflections about Armenia

A Reception with words and pictures from the Sion College visit to Armenia in September 2019

A diverse group of twenty-six clergy, drawn from several dioceses, and at different stages in their ministry, embarked on a Sion College Study Tour to Armenia in September 2019.

This evening is part of this process of further exploring the Armenian experience within and beyond the original group from the College.

There will be a number of presentations by participants in the visit, looking at the Armenian Church, the Country itself and its culture, as well as a drinks and canapés reception. The evening will take place in the Garry Weston Library in Southwark Cathedral.

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Breakfast and a Guided Private Viewing of the Sin Exhibition

The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square (entry via the National Café entrance)

Bringing together works of art that span centuries – from Bruegel and Velázquez to Andy Warhol and Tracey Emin – this exhibition explores the concept of sin in art, looking at complex theological ideas and depictions of ‘sinful’ everyday behaviour that blur the boundaries between religious and secular art.

Our guide will be the curator of Sin, Dr Joost Joustra. Joost is the Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion at the National Gallery, London, and a visiting lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College, London.

Before the guided viewing, which will take place before the Gallery is open to the public, the Sion College group will be given breakfast in the Trafalgar Room within the Gallery. The viewing itself will be from 09:30 to 10am, after which attendees can leave at their leisure.

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Seminar Supper: Populism/ The New Right

Speaker: Ben Preston, Exec Editor, Sunday Times

Visit: The Old Royal Naval College & pub supper

Visit: An afternoon at Kew Gardens,  the picture gallery and herbarium with tea in the orangery

Speaker: Andrew Brown, Botanical illustrator

Founder’s Day: Sion College Lecture at Lambeth Palace

Speaker: Sir David Manning, former UK Ambassador to the United States

Seminar Supper: Sexuality (Historical overview)

Speaker: Amy Lamé, Night Tsar

Seminar Supper at the Mayflower Pub: Edward Winslow and the Mayflower Generation

Speaker: Rebecca Fraser, Writer & broadcaster

Seminar supper (early evening): War Reporting

Speaker: Caroline Wyatt, journalist specialising in defence issues and also in religious affairs

Seminar supper at the Royal Overseas League: African Christianity in the UK

Speaker: Bishop Karowei Dorgu, Area Bishop of Woolwich

Visit: An evening tour of the Magic Circle, with a performance

Visit: An evening of wine tasting

Speaker: Robert Hammond, wine expert, course director and competition judge

Seminar supper: Science, Beauty and Truth: How do we know about the world?

Speaker: The Revd Robert Gilbert, Professor of Biophysics, University of Oxford

Seminar supper: Preaching in Advent

Speaker: David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster

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