Events Briefing for November 2021

Monday 1st November – Friday 12th November
Catholics and COP26: Artists, Activists and Academics on Climate Justice and the Integrity of Creation. A series of free online events during COP26 hosted by Pax Christi Scotland and the department for Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow. For more information, click here.

Saturday 6th November 11.00am
COP26: Global Day of Action for the Climate. CAFOD supporters will meet at St Mary Moorfields, London and convene at the Bank of England, twinned with the Glasgow march. Click here for more information.

Saturday 6th November 1.00pm 
Catholic Concern for Animals AGM, Talk and Awards. With a talk from Professor David Clough founder of CEFAW on ‘Dominion in the 21st Century’ followed by the AGM. For more information, click here.

Monday 8th November 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Rediscovering the Mystery of Marriage as a Source of Sanctity.  The first of two talks drawing on Theology of the Body starting with Fr Bernard Murphy CFR outlining how God establishes His covenant with humanity. The second part follows a week later with Joanna Bogle. Register here.

Tuesday 9th and 16th November 10.30am – 12.30pm
Thomas Aquinas on the Life of Christ by Fr Benedict CSJ. Part two of a cycle of four talks on Aquinas at St Patrick’s, Soho. The weekly talks from the Institute of St John will be followed by another series on 23rd November. For more information, click here.

Tuesday 9th November 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Prof. Jeff Hardin – Self-Made People: The Emerging Embryo, Biology and Belief. Biologists are beginning to learn about how embryos develop in much more detail and the intricacies of this cellular world provides wonder and raises questions about our identity and place in the world. A link to this Faraday Institute webinar will be made available on the morning of the talk. To find out more, click here.

Tuesday 9th November – 4.00pm
Introducing the Goals of Aristotelian-Thomistic Education. In collaboration with the Congregation for Catholic Education, the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues (Birmingham) presents a webinar series for University and School Staff entitled ‘Fostering Personal and Social Virtues in Education’. This final webinar features Prof James Arthur, Prof Tracey Rowand and Prof Ines Weber. For more information, click here.

Wednesday 10th November 2.00pm and Tuesday 16th November 11.00am
Sight Loss Friendly Church from Torch Trust. From a series of 30 minute taster sessions via zoom, an opportunity to meet the team, hear about initiatives and ask questions. Sessions are staggered to allow more opportunities for people to find out what is available. Register here.

Wednesday 10th November 5.15pm 
The Transatlantic Chesterton: Reflections on the 100th Anniversary of Chesterton’s Visit to America. Dr Ahlquist explores Chesterton’s enduring popularity through his journey across America and the remarkable insights and observations he gained from it.  Register for the online lecture here.

Wednesday 10th  November 7.00pm 
Buckfast Abbey – its Archeology to 1539 and Resurrection from 1882. An online talk from Dr Rory O’Donnell and the Friends of Westminster Cathedral. To book please email Tickets will cost £5. For details on how to make a payment, see the event listed here.

Wednesday 10th November 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Voices from the Margins. Part 1 of a five week course examining the themes of Pope Francis’ teachings regarding those in the margins of society including migrants, both the trans and travelling communities and those with addictions/mental health issues. Find out more here.

Wednesday 10th November 7.30pm
Reimagining Western Education in a time of Racial Crisis. In this Theos Annual Lecture 2021,  Dr Jennings poses a new vision which goes to the heart of the education system which would promote the equality, inclusion and belonging which are the goals of academia and Western society. Register here.

Thursday 11th November or Thursday 25th November 2021 (there is an option of 2 dates)
LCJ Book Club. This month’s book is ‘I and Thou’ by Martin Buber. During the Covid-19 restrictions, meetings will be online using the Zoom platform. Next month’s book will be ‘Into The Silent Land – The Practice of Contemplation’ by Martin Laird OSA. For more information, click here.

Thursday 11th November 6.00pm
What role can Community Sport play in Supporting Men’s Health? As part of the Sport and Social Change team’s Movember activities at St Mary’s University this webinar explores ways in which the mental health of men can be tackled. Book now.

Thursday 11th November at 6.30pm
Change From The Inside: What is possible inside prisons, that is not possible on the outside?  Longford Lecture with George the Poet, musician, campaigner and podcaster.  In person event at Church House, Westminster and live-streamed on the Longford Trust website.   For more details see here.

Thursday 11th November 7.00pm
Great Sacred Choral Classics for St Martin’s Day. Words and music to mark St Martin’s Day and Remembrance Day, reflecting on the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields’ role in World War I and its ministry for those who are homeless and social justice. The event is free to attend and will also be live-streamed. To find out more, click here.

Saturday 13th November 7.00pm
My Spirit Sang All Day. The Purcell singers present this concert inspired by poetry, prose and Shakespeare at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark. For more information, click here.

Monday 15th November – Tuesday 16th November
Paradox and Prophecy. The second online conference from the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University on Lived Catholicism. This year’s conference will ask: what are the paradoxes of Lived Catholicism and how can it be authentically prophetic? Register here.

Monday 15th November 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Male and Female He Created Them. Joanna Bogle presents God’s plan for us with the assurance of His purpose and meaning. This is the second part of the Theology of the Body inspired talks at St Patrick’s, Soho. Book now.

Monday 15th November 7.00pm
A Dream for a New Social Order – livestream. Vicar of St Martin in the Fields Sam Wells considers the long shadow of Archbishop William Temple’s 1942 book, Christianity and Social Order, which was so influential in the establishment of the welfare state. Register here.

Tuesday 16th November 3.15pm – 5.00pm
Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) Conference 2021: Safe, Secure, Decent? What is needed to make prisons safe for women and men? Free via zoom. Book now.

Tuesday 16th November 6.30pm – 8.00pm
The Common Good: What does it mean for Government?  Speakers: CUGB Vice-President Ruth Kelly, former Craigmyle Lecturer Lord Glasman, Danny Kruger MP and Carolin Slocock. Followed by a Drinks Reception.
Venue: St Marys Church, Putney, the historic location of the 1647 Putney Debates. Register here.

Wednesday 17th  November 9.30am
Celebrating 20 Years of the Living Wage. The Mile End Institute will host a conversation with Matthew Bolton, the Executive Director of Citizens UK, to revisit the history of the Living Wage. Register for the webinar here.

Wednesday 17th November at 12.30pm
A History of the English Province.  A Dominican Forum online discussion with Br. Bede Mullens OP.  For more details, see here.

Wednesday 17th  November 5.00 – 6.30pm
Assisted Dying: eugenics, euthanasia and medicine. Anscombe Centre Director David Albert Jones will take part in a discussion with Rabbi Moshe Freedman, Mohamed Omer and Prof Daniel Sulmasy. The discussion will take place via Zoom. To register, please check the website.

Wednesday 17th  November 6.30pm
After the Virus: Lessons from the Past for a Better Future. Hilary Cooper and Simon Szreter show how decades of neoliberalism and austerity left us vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19. Register for this Mile End Institute webinar here.

Wednesday 17th November 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Faith and Climate Change – Hook Lecture Autumn 2021.  Thoughts about faith and climate change by Dr Carmody Grey.  Leeds Church Institute event. To find out more or to register, click here.

Friday 19th November at 1pm
The Art of Dying Well.  A Newman Conversation between Prof John Charmley and Maggie Doherty, Director of the Centre for Dying Well at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.  Please register here.

Saturday 20th  November 12.00pm
Barbara Eggleston Memorial Lecture: ‘Building Bridges in the Shadow of Afghanistan’. This lecture will take place in Quaker Meeting House, Oxford, from noon to 4.00pm. Chaired by Ellen Teague with speakers Dr. Maria Power, Dr. al-Hafidh Kamel ait-Tahar, Vijay Mehta and Roslyn Cook, followed by a discussion led by Steve Hucklesby. All welcome in the meeting house or online. Register for the Zoom link here.

Sunday 21st November 4.00pm – 5.00pm
London Talk: Physics… a beautiful journey into the Unknown? A talk from Dr Paolo Beltrame SJ who worked on experiments leading to the  discovery of the Higgs Boson. The beauty and immensity of the Universe is explored at St Mary’s Church, Hampstead. Contact the parish administrator: to attend, alternatively talk will be streamed here.

Tuesday 23rd and 30th November 10.30am – 12.30pm
Signs and Realities: Aquinas on the Sacraments. This second series of talks on Aquinas at St Patrick’s, Soho, with Catherine Wallis-Hughes from the Institute of St John. For more information, see the courses section on their website.

Tuesday 23rd November 6.30pm

Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill. Care Not Killing Scotland and Not Dead Yet UK are hosting their first joint webinar for MSPs, medics and others with an interest. This event will be be of interest to Scottish politicians and others who are keen to deepen their understanding of issues involved with assisted suicide, euthanasia and the potential future impacts of Liam McArthur’s proposed Bill. RSVP to and you will be sent joining instructions for the event nearer the time. See the poster here.
Wednesday 24th November 5.00pm – 9.30pm
#RedWednesday Aid to the Church in Need London Event. Red Wednesday at Westminster Cathedral; 5.00pm gathering, 5.30pm Mass and at 7pm talks in the Cathedral Hall with particular focus on addressing violence against women and girls. For more information, click here.

Also, at 7.30-9pm ACN Scotland Red Wednesday webinar hosted by John Mason MSP.  Registration and more details here.

Saturday 27th November  7.30pm – 9.30pm
Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis. Brentwood Cathedral, Essex.  Featuring five choirs in an evening of choral recitals, pop and musical songs. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Monday 29th November 5.00pm
Why Does Biodiversity Affect Us All? Notre Dame University Lecture by Professor Celia Deane-Drummond, Director of the Laudato Si Institute, Oxford.   For more information, click here.

Tuesday 30th November at 6.45pm
The Craigmyle Lecture: ‘The Reinvention of Giving’ by Lord Bird. Lord Bird MBE (John Bird) is a Crossbench peer and best known as the founder of The Big Issue newspaper. Lord Bird’s work focuses on dismantling the root causes of poverty and homelessness in the UK, and the well-being of future generations. He also speaks on social enterprise, social mobility, literacy and the Arts. The lecture will take place on 30 November at 6.45pm at Farm Street Church, followed by a reception. Places are limited, and registration is required. Early registration would be appreciated. Please contact the office at or on 020 8749 1321.

Wednesday 1 December at 6pm
Early Protestant Missions to Jews, Muslims and Pagans: A Dangerous Model.  Gresham College Lecture with Prof Alec Ryrie.  In person at the Museum of London or online.  See here.

Wednesday 1 December at 6pm
Lucifer of Cagliari, Concerning Athanasius.  Book launch of translation by Fr Ashley Beck, together with other volumes of the new Brepols Library of Christian Sources.  In person event in the Waldegrave Suite at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.  To register, see here.

Thursday 2 December at 12.30pm
Beyond Left and Right: Finding Consensus on Economic Inequality.  Theos Report Launch webinar.  For more details and registration, see here.

Thursday 2 December at 6pm
A Different Church is Possible: Embracing an Ecclesial Ethics of Vulnerability. Prof James Keenan SJ. Inaugural Lecture (online) of the Centre for Ecclesial Ethics at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology. Click here.