Events Briefing December 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

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

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, click here. The University of Durham has placed past lectures on YouTube.


Saturday 4th December at 7.30pm
Christmas Oratorio by Sir James MacMillan (UK Premiere) at the Royal Festival Hall, London.  Sir James MacMillan gave the Catholic Union Craigmyle Lecture 2020 and the Catholic Union Director will be present at this concert!  For more details, see here.

Monday 6th December from 4-5.30pm
Malines Conversations Centenary Celebrations.  Online or at York Minster (Keynote address from Dr Rowan Williams). See here for more details.

Wednesday 8th December 6.00pm – 7.15pm
Medieval Christmas: Customs and Consumption. An Ushaw Christmas lecture through the University of Durham. To find out more and register, click here.

Thursday 9th December 4.00pm – 5.00pm 
Julian of Norwich – Christian Imagination Series. Part of a webinar series on art and humanities and their influence on society as well as individuals. Find out more or book tickets here.

Thursday 9th December 6.00pm -7.15pm
The Rule of Law and the Future of Democracy. This online panel discussion looks at recent events, such as Brexit and the responses to the pandemic, and considers how they have affected our unwritten constitution and the competences of the legislature. To register, click here.

Thursday 9th December 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Christmas Carols and Nostalgia. This Gresham College lecture is part of the ‘Music and Emotion’ series which can be accessed here. You can register for both online or in-person tickets.

Thursday 9th December or Thursday 23rd December 2021 (option of 2 dates)
London Jesuit Centre Book Club. This month’s book is ‘Into the Silent Land, The Practice of Contemplation’ by Martin Laird OSA. During the Covid-19 restrictions, meetings will be online using the Zoom platform. For more information or for the link to join, click here.

Sunday 12th December at 11am
Pontifical High Mass with H.E. George Cardinal Pell.  Brompton Oratory, London.

Monday 13th December 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Free Speech at a Crossroads: International Dialogue Series. This Las Casas Institute Zoom talk focuses on the issue of Climate Change. To find out more, see

Tuesday 14th December 10.30am – 12.30pm
Journey Through the Book of Genesis. With Fr John Jesus CSJ. A talk from the Institute of St John at St Patrick’s, Soho.  For more information, see the events list and contact

Tuesday 14th December at 12.30pm
The Universal Vocation to Preach.  A Dominican Forum webinar with Fr Richard Ounsworth OP.
What can the Dominican tradition teach us all about how to proclaim the gospel, and what lessons can it offer us as we seek to share our faith with a secular age? For more details see here.

Friday 17th December 7.30pm – 8.30pm
A Bolivian Baroque Christmas: Early Music from the New World.  A concert at Farm Street Church, London. Proceeds go to charitable projects in Bolivia. For more information, click here.


For another way of giving at Christmas, visit one of the other Carol Services at Farm Street. The church is hosting several evenings in aid of a variety of causes including the Jesuit Refugee Service (7 December), the Catholic prisons charity, Pact (9 December), Aid to the Church in Need (15 December).

There is also a Farm Street Advent Raffle which raises money for Water Aid and The Catholic Children’s Society. Prizes include membership of art galleries and restaurant vouchers. To enter, click here.

Advance Notice for Theos Events on Mixing Religion and Politics in February 2022.  For full details see