The Michael Perham University and Cathedral Lecture

Monday 23 May 2022

This year's lecture will be given by Hannah Malcolm. 

Getting inspired about Climate Change

We’re delighted to be welcome Hannah Malcolm to the University Chapel to give this year’s lecture on Faith in a time of Climate Change. The climate crisis is the most important challenge that we face together in the years ahead. Christian communities are responding in many creative ways, but we still need help to engage with the reality of the situation. Hannah will be addressing questions like ‘What does the climate crisis reveal to us about being human?’ and  ‘How should we rethink our faith in the face of global collapse?’

Hannah’s passion about this issue was inspired by her grandfather, Sir John Houghton, the pioneering climate change scientist. Sir John chaired the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change when it began, contributed hugely to its work and picked up the Nobel Peace Prize (with Al Gore) on its behalf. Sir John also did a great deal to encourage Christians - including Evangelical groups in America - to take seriously the threat of climate change.

In 2019 the Church Times ran its first Theology Slam competition, which Hannah won, speaking about Theology and the Environment - you can find it on YouTube here. At the time she was running a project called ‘God and the Big Bang’, helping young people and teachers connect science and faith. Since then she has spoken and written about climate justice and environmental theology in many spaces including Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, and she has edited a fascinating and challenging book called ‘Words for a Dying World: Stories of Grief and Courage from the Global Church’ (SCM Press, 2020).

Hannah is now training for ordination in Durham whilst writing her PhD thesis on the theology of climate and ecological grief. We’re very pleased that she has made time amongst all this to come down to speak to us. Do join us for the lecture on Monday 23 May at 7.00pm in the University Chapel, Francis Close Hall Cheltenham.

The lecture is free and all are welcome. Please book via Eventbrite using the button to the right of this page to help us manage numbers.

May 23, 2022
Opening times
Monday 23 May 7pm
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