Events Briefing for June 2021

This is a briefing to inform members of forthcoming meetings, lectures, conferences and other events.  Please send any information about future events, especially events outside London, to

The Centre for Catholic Studies at the University of Durham has an excellent ongoing programme of Catholic Theology Research Seminars, the Ushaw Lecture Series and conferences.  For details, see

See also events at Blackfriars Oxford:

Third party events are occasionally cancelled without notice so if in any doubt please check with the organisers before attending.

Monday 7 June at 19.30
How to Make Tax Fair. As part of Fair Tax Week 2021, Christians on the Left are holding this panel discussion on corporation tax, council tax, rebalancing and tax reform.  See here.

Wednesday 9 June at 13.00 – 14.00 
Wonder, Wisdom and Worship: Opportunities and challenges for using science in preaching – public seminar.Theologian and physicist Revd Prof David Wilkinson shares his own insights as a scientist and leader of the church. See here.

Wednesday 9 June at 18.00 – 19.00
England’s Radical Reformation.  Professor Alec Ryrie explores how the Reformation spurred the ideas of mystical allegory, self-governing communes, utopian, pacifistic and revolutionary ideals. See here.

Wednesday 9 June at 19.00
Song of the Prophets: A Requiem for the Climate. Join Christian Aid for a debut performance of orchestral work, an address from Dr Rowan Williams and a panel discussion with climate campaigners. See here.

Thursday 10 June at 15.30 – 17.30 
Psychoanalysis Culture and Religion: Times of Conspiracy Theories & Fake News. This online seminar will consider how psychoanalysis can combine with religion to address this recent phenomena arising from social media. See here.

Thursday 10 June at 19.00 
G7 Interfaith Event – building a better world after the pandemic. Faith leaders will speak at this livestreamed event at Truro Cathedral ahead of the G7 summit. See here.

Thursday 10 June at 19.00 
Newman Prayer & Meditation Concert. Free online concert streaming live from Farm Street Church on Classic FM’s Facebook page. Featuring commissions from Sir James MacMillan and Will Todd, based on Cardinal Newman’s texts with readings from Alexander Armstrong. Sign up here to receive a digital concert programme and bonus film content in the lead up to the concert:

Thursday 10 June at 19.30 – 20.30 
London Jesuit Centre Book Club: The Impact of God: Soundings from St John of the Cross by Iain Matthew. The Book Club meets online on the second Thursday of every month (except August), a second date of 24 June is also available this month.  See here.

Friday 11 June at 18.00 
In Conversation with Giles Fraser. Giles Fraser, Anglican priest, will be discussing his book Chosen which explores the events and personal impact of the Occupy movement surrounding St Paul’s Cathedral in 2011. See here.

Monday 14 June at 10.00 – 16.30 
Early Career Conference in Catholic Theology and Catholic Studies. This online day conference is a chance for postgraduate students and other early career researchers to present their research in a collegial environment. See here.

Tuesday 15 June at 16.00

The Twin Ends of Education: The Well-Being of the Community and the Fulfillment of the Individual.

Lecture with Professors John Haldane, Candac Vogler and Holger Zaborowski.  For registration, see

Tuesday 15 June at 18.00 – 19.30 
Ushaw Lectures Series: The Real Sister Act: Confronting the Uneasy History of Racial Segregation and Exclusion in Female Religious Life in the United States. 
Lecture by Dr Shannen Dee Williams, a historian of the African-American experience with research and teaching specialisations in women’s history, religious history and black freedom movement history.  See here.

Tuesday 15 June at 18.30 – 20.00
What is the Common Good? First of four in a series of events, all exploring the common good in the family, the government and society. This event explores its meaning and importance as our country faces complex challenges ahead. See here.

Thursday 17 June at 12.30
Give Us Our Ball Back 2021: What’s Next for Football and the Common Good.  Theos event. See here.

Thursday 17 June at 19.00
How to Have a Happy Death. In the Year of St Joseph what can the Patron Saint of the Dying teach us how to have a happy death? Encompassing the pandemic, the role of hospices, caring for loved ones and end of life care for those with a disability, this roundtable discussion is organised by the Agency for Evangelisation with The Art of Dying Well and St Joseph’s Hospice. See here.

Sunday 27 June at 15.00 – 18.00 
Annual Martyrs’ Walk. Aid to the Church in Need invite you to the this year’s Martyrs’ Walk, praying for religious freedom and martyrs past and present. Meet at St-Giles-in-the-Fields, WC2H 8LG, and complete the walk at Tyburn Convent with benediction and tea, in conjunction with Catholic History Walks.   See here.

Sunday 27 June at 15.00 – 17.00
Tree Walk. Part of London Climate Action Week, this walk from the Westminster Justice and Peace group reflects on the importance of trees in the Christian Tradition. A real “in person” event.  Meet outside Westminster Cathedral. See here.

Wednesday 30th June at 18.00 
Book launch: ‘Simmaries’. Meet author Joanna Bogle as she launches her book on the history of St Mary’s University, Strawberry Hill.  St Mary’s alumni and those interested please register at from 8 June.

Other Ongoing Events…

From now until 22 August
Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint. Marking the 850thanniversary of this historical event, this exhibition presents Becket’s journey to sainthood through an array of objects, manuscripts, stained glass windows and reliquaries. See here.

Believing and Belonging: Biblical Perspectives on the Community of Faith. Knock TSS Summer School 2021. 15 pre-recorded lectures; resources covering experience of Church, Biblical models and the Pauline assemblies are available from the beginning of June. Registration cost E40. See here.

Westminster Abbey: videos, podcasts and abbeycasts. Past lectures and broadcasts including ‘Justice’, ‘Art, Imagination and Public Service’ have now been installed on the website. See here.

Vatican II Talks. To mark the 50 Years since Vatican II, the Brentwood Commission for Evangelisation and Formation have published a series of recorded talks through What Good News.  Talks include ‘The Four Pillars of Vatican II’ and ‘Towards Authentic Liturgy’. See here.

Thomistic Studies – A Search for Truth 
A new website is now available with pre-recorded talks, a blog and articles on St Thomas Aquinas, covering topics ranging from The Trinity to the Passions of the Soul. See here.