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One-day preaching festival to go online

07 August 2020

David Hartly/Church Times

Audience members at the Festival of Preaching last year

Audience members at the Festival of Preaching last year

THE Church Times Festival of Preaching returns this year — but will take place virtually.

A one-day festival will be held online on Tuesday 29 September, between 10 a.m. and 4.15 p.m. It will consist of a mix of short sermons, how-to sessions, music, and poetry.

Speakers lined up include the Dean of St John’s College, Cambridge, Canon Mark Oakley; the Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary, Dr Anna Carter Florence; the Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, Canon Sam Wells; the poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama; and the Revd Dr Malcolm Guite.

In previous years, the Festival has taken place at Christ Church, Oxford (Features, 20 September 2019). The Festival is scheduled to take place there again between 12 and 14 September next year.

Tickets for the virtual festival cost £25, or £10 for Church Times subscribers, at festivalofpreaching.hymnsam.co.uk/2020-virtual-festival.

Nearly 600 people have already signed up to the Church Times Festival of Pilgrimage. It had been due to take place at Christ Church, Oxford, in September (News, 14 February), but will now take place as a webinar, on 14 September. It will comprise pre-recorded talks and live interaction.

Speakers lined up include the Archbishop of York, the Most Revd Stephen Cottrell; the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher, author of The Way Under Our Feet: A spirituality of walking (SPCK) (Books, 17 July); the Dean of Christ Church, the Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy; the director of pilgrimage studies at the University of York, Dr Dee Dyas; and the Revd Dr Sally Welch.

To obtain a free ticket, visit pilgrimage.hymnsam.co.uk/buy-tickets.

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