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The Liddon Trust holds an annual lecture on a subject of intellectual, moral, ethical or theological interest.   The lectures are usually held in May and are advertised in advance on our website.  We are privileged to welcome speakers from a wide range of traditions and specialities; their views are not necessarily those of the Society of the Faith.

We are delighted to announce the 2022 Liddon Lecture will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 28 September. We hope that we will be able to hold this in person before a small audience in the Douglas Room and also live stream it. Our lecturer will be the Revd Dr Charles Bell, Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge and Academic Clinical Fellow with King’s College, London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. His subject will be ‘In the wake of the Covid pandemic: reflections on the life and practice of the church catholic’

Further details will be provided nearer the time.

Past lectures include

2021 – Dr Robyn Wrigley-Carr (Associate Professor Alphacrucis College, Australia and Adjunct Associate Professor (PaCT), Charles Sturt University) spoke on “Evelyn Underhill: A ‘Spiritual Ecumenist’”. The lecture was recorded and is available online here.

2020 – Dr Peter Webster, historian and biographer, spoke on Theology, the Theologian and the Church: Eric Mascall and the Sixties. Because of the COVID-19 restrictions the lecture was recorded and is available online here. Dr Webster has now published a revised version of his lecture in the International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church. A copy  can be read here.

2019 – Revd Canon Dr Peter Groves, parish priest and academic, spoke on Hopkins and Liddon: perfection, perversion, poetry. Dr Groves has kindly made the text of his lecture available. Please click here Liddon Lecture 2019 Peter Groves. Those with an interest in Gerard Manley Hopkins may wish to visit the website of the Hopkins Society

2018 – Revd Barry Orford, Priest in Charge of St Dunstan in the West, Fleet Street, and former librarian of Pusey House, Oxford spoke on Henry Parry Liddon: the hidden man.  Fr Orford has kindly made the text of his lecture available. Please click here – Liddon lecture – Liddon the hidden man

2017 – The Liddon Lecture was replaced by the Catholicity Symposium.

2016 – Dr Andrew Chandler spoke on ‘Bishop George Bell and the cause of Christian Unity’.

2015 – Dr Michael Hall, distinguished architectural historian, spoke on  ‘Bodley, Garner, Liddon and the St Paul’s Cathedral Reredos’.

2014 –  Revd Fr George Guiver CR, spoke on ‘Light for society: the new interest in the message of monastic life’.  Fr Guiver has kindly made the text of his lecture available. Please click here Liddon lecture – Monasticism and society.

2013 – The Liddon Lecture was replaced by the Faith-Craft symposium.

2012 – Professor Dumitrascu, Professor of Theology at Oradea University, Romania.   Professor Dumitrascu has kindly made part of his lecture available.  Please click here 2012 lecture.

2011 – The Venerable John Green, former Chaplain of the Fleet on the ministry of naval chaplains and ‘perspectives from the edge’.

2010 – Vice-Principal, the Revd Canon Robert Gage, on Bishop William Walsham How, the first Bishop of Wakefield.

2009 – The Very Revd Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, on Church Schools and Academies.

2008 –Right Revd John Hind, Bishop of Chichester on developments in theological education.

2007 – Rt Hon Frank Field MP on the part played by cathedrals in contemporary society.

2006- His Honour Judge Michael Yelton, author of Anglican Papalism, on ‘Some Lost London Churches