Summer Lecture Series

Assisted Dying and Artificial Intelligence will be among the topics addressed in a series of free Summer Lectures at Christ Church Cathedral. Starting in July, the six lectures, each given by an expert in the field, will look at key ethical issues of our day from a Christian perspective.

The Revd Canon John Witheridge, an Honorary Chaplain at Christ Church Cathedral, has curated this year’s series and said: 'The topics of the last two Summer Lectures series have been largely historical.  This year we turn our attention to Christian Ethics, with a focus on issues that are of particular interest and importance today. The Bishop of Carlisle will introduce the series with a lecture that explains why and how Christians form views on moral matters.’

The Sub Dean, Edmund Newey, said, 'Our Summer Lectures have grown greatly in popularity over recent years and we very much look forward to hearing these six speakers, each eminent in their field, engaging with key contemporary ethical challenges'.

All are welcome to the lectures which start at 4.30pm at Christ Church Cathedral.


An Introduction to Christian Ethics - Wednesday 18 July - 4.30pm

The Rt Revd James Newcombe, Bishop of Carlisle


Assisted Dying - Wednesday 25 July - 4.30pm

Canon Professor Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology


Social Inequality - Wednesday 1 August - 4.30pm

Revd Dr Malcolm Brown, Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the Church of England


Technology and Artificial Intelligence - Wednesday 8 August 4.30pm

Dr Michael Burdett, Research Fellow in religion, Science and Technology, Wycliffe Hall


Climate Change - Wednesday 15 August - 4.30pm

The Rt Revd David Atkinson, former Bishop of Thetford


Just War – Wednesday 22 August – 4.30pm

Lieutenant General Sir Scott Grant, KCB, former Quartermaster-General