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Cathedral Conversations

Gloucester Cathedral Conversations 2016

Public Discussions on Faith and Life

This year Gloucester Cathedral celebrates the 800th anniversary of the coronation of Henry III at Gloucester.

Taking this as their starting point, our cathedral conversations in 2016 will explore the relationship between church, state and society. They will draw on historical and contemporary perspectives to explore the role that faith, and in particularly Christianity, can and does play in twenty-first-century Britain.

Taking place in the setting of Henry III’s coronation church, the conversations will provide an opportunity to debate the current role of the Church of England, what being an ‘established church’ means nowadays, and whether it is possible to justify its constitutional privileges for the future.

All are welcome to share in these discussions.  

Canon Dr Andrew Braddock


The Conversations - Time: 7.30pm to 9.00pm

Wednesday 6 July 
The Rt Revd John Inge: Crown and Mitre

Venue: The Quire

John Inge is the Bishop of Worcester, a member of the House of Lords, and Lord High Almoner, sharing in responsibility for the Royal Maundy Service. As such, he is in a unique position to offer perspectives on the relationship between the church, the crown and the state.

Wednesday 12 October
Dame Janet Trotter: The Church in Contemporary Society

Venue: The Chapter House

Dame Janet is Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire. This role gives her a broad perspective on the concerns and opportunities facing our county and the part that the church, alongside other communities, can play in creating a better society for all. Dame Janet is a former vice-chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire and a member of the Chapter of Gloucester Cathedral.

Wednesday 23  November
Canon Dr Andrew Braddock: By Law Established? Historical Perspectives on the Future of the Church

Venue: The Chapter House

Andrew Braddock is a historian and residentiary canon of Gloucester Cathedral. He will explore the often turbulent relationship between church, state and monarchy from the time of Henry III to the present day, asking if the formal establishment of the Church of England is either inevitable or desirable in contemporary society.