Whitley Lecture 2016 – 27 January – “Gospel, Church and Social Transformation”

Dydd Sadwrn 9 Ionawr, 2016

South Wales Baptist College, 1.30pm – 3.00pm on Wednesday 27th January 2016

We invite you to join us for 2016 Whitley Lecture at the South Wales Baptist College. The Whitley Lecturer for 2016 is Dr Joshua Searle, who is Tutor in Theology and Public Thought at Spurgeon’s College in London. Joshua’s experience of the church in Eastern Europe is reflected in this lecture which is titled:

Gospel, Church and Social Transformation: Post-Soviet Baptists After the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity and Freedom, 2013-14

The armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine has resulted in a humanitarian catastrophe and the conflict has created more than 1.5 million refugees. There is clear evidence that Ukraine’s Baptist community is suffering disproportionately, as Baptist Christians are specifically targeted by pro-Russian forces. In this lecture, Joshua will attempt to show how the Baptist community in Ukraine can respond to this crisis by developing a new vision of hope and reconciliation that can have a leavening effect on the whole of society. He also plans to explain the relevance of this issue for British Baptists by addressing the roles and responsibilities of the free churches in relation to the state and society, and by considering what we can learn from the suffering witness of our Ukrainian counterparts.

The 2016 Whitley Lecture will be held in the main Lecture Hall at the South Wales Baptist College, 54 Richmond Road, Cardiff. CF24 3UR. Admission is free – and I very much hope that you will be able to join us for this lecture exploring important connections between faith and life in a broken world.

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