Dec 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Angels @ St Paul's Cathedral

In a recent poll, one in ten Britons claimed to have experienced the presence of an angel, and one in three believe they have a guardian angel: a surprising story in a sceptical age.

But what are angels?  They make many appearances in the Bible, sometimes bringing comfort but more often arriving with challenging or mysterious messages from God.  Are they part of the poetry of religion? Or are they real, a manifestation of divine concern?

In this talk, Peter Stanford will explore something of the history, theology and cultural significance of angels and how they might illuminate a deeper truth about human existence and the cosmos.

Peter Stanford is a features writer at the Telegraph and a contributor to The Tablet among many other publications.  His books include What We Talk About When We Talk About Faith; Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident and Judas:  The Troubling History of the Renegade Apostle.  His latest book is Angels (Hodder Faith 2019).

Saying Yes to Life w/@ruthvalerio
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Saying Yes to Life w/@ruthvalerio @ St Paul's Cathedral

As people made in the image of God, we are entrusted with the care of what God has made and also with sharing in the joy and creativity of making a difference for good.

In her new book, Saying Yes to Life, Ruth Valerio draws on the creation stories from the book of Genesis to illuminate the most vital issues of our times.  She relates their themes, including light, water, the seasons, other creatures and Sabbath rest to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern.  She will challenge us to do the same this Lent, asking ourselves foundational questions about what it means both to be human and to be a follower of Jesus.

Dr Ruth Valerio is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund, and an environmentalist, theologian and social activist. Her latest book, Saying Yes to Life (SPCK 2019) was commissioned by The Archbishop of Canterbury as his official Lent book for 2020.