Kidlington Theological Forum – Issues in Ethics and Public Policy

The Kidlington Theological Forum began in December 2017 with a year-long series of talks exploring “Theology Through the Church Year”.  The second year of the course focused on aspects of Christian Doctrine, exploring what Christians believe.  The third year, started in 2020, will look at issues of ethics and public policy, some of the big and controversial issues of our contemporary world, seen from a Christian perspective.

Talks take place in St Mary’s Kidlington about one Sunday morning a month, from 11.30am to 12.15pm (coffee and tea available from 11.15am) . Everyone welcome. Topics for 2020 are

12th January: “Climate Change: Fact or Fiction?” by Dr Martin Hodson, Environmental Biologist and Principal Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University

23rd February: “Current Challenges in the field of Genetics” by Professor John Morris, Emeritus Professor of Human Anatomy and Fellow of St Hugh’s College Oxford

8th March: “Dying Matters”, exploring End of Life Issues by Dr Aoife Lowney, Consultant in Palliative Care Medicine, Sobell House Hospice and the John Radcliffe Hospital

New dates for the following will be arranged when possible, but the list illustrates the range of topics we plan to cover.

17th May: “I was a stranger …”, the pros and cons of immigration by the Revd Dr Susie Snyder, Ripon College, Cuddesdon

21st June: “The Ethics of Investment” by Tim Gardam, Chief Executive Officer of the Nuffield Foundation

12th July: “Transgender Issues: Identity, Ethics and Choice” by the Revd Canon Dr Margaret Whipp, formerly Lead Chaplain, Oxford University Hospitals

27th September: “Friends or Enemies: Science and Religion” by the Revd Dr Gillian Straine, Director, the Guild of Health and St Raphael

11th October: “Thou shalt not kill …”, Is war ever justified? by the Revd Canon Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, University of Oxford

22nd November: “Artificial Intelligence: Opportunity or Threat?” by the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford