Posts in Category: The Conversation

The Creative Conversation

The Creative Conversation with TMC Artists was an evening showcasing creative talent from a range of arts disciplines. Each artist showed their work and discussed their creative process and areas of Inspiration. There was also a panel discussing what creativity is and what it means to be creative, finishing with a question time and a concluding 'View From The Vicar’. Here are the highlights...

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Thinking Politics

The Conversation - Thinking Politics is an event discussing the significance of the politics and the government elections to the daily issues of life. The Conversation also explores the intersection of faith and politics and gives time for audience questions.

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Science & Faith

Science and faith: are the two compatible? This Conversation event features astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink and includes a talk, interview by Andrew Baughen and audience question time. Jeff Zweerink is a research scholar at Reasons to Believe, an organisation dedicated to demonstrating the compatibility of science and Christianity. Jeff earned a PhD in astrophysics at Iowa State University, where he focused his study on gamma rays.

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Palestine

Israel Palestine Holy Land?

 2014 saw an escalation of the conflict in Israel Palestine. Israel’s military offensive against Gaza, Hamas’ rockets penetrating inside Israel and intensification of occupation within Palestinian territories means relations between the peoples are at a new low and the country is again on the brink of war.

This Conversation event features experts from Israel and Palestine from different faith backgrounds giving their perspectives on the issue. There will be an emphasis on listening to different opinions and learning from eyewitness accounts as well as consideration of the Christian understanding of the conflict. In addition to presentations and panel discussion there will be audience question time.

Speakers

Noam Rabinovich (Jewish Israeli, Olive Tree Alumnus)

Noam has previously worked at local Israeli NGO B’Tselem. She has just completed a Masters in Human Rights Law at LSE and is currently working for the New Israel Fund UK. She will talk from personal experience of the different viewpoints in Israel and what it is like to be a voice of dissidence in Israel.

Elizabeth Jadon (Palestinian from Gaza, Olive Tree Alumnus)

Elizabeth gained her LLB from City University London on an Olive Tree Scholarship. She is a Christian Palestinian Israeli and will speak from a personal point of view about the collective impact of bureaucratic policies on Palestinian Jerusalemities and the subsequent challenge of living a normal life as a Palestinian in Jerusalem.

Enas Al-Bittar (Gaza Palestine, Olive Tree Alumnus)

Enas is a graduate from Cass Business School with a management degree. She was born and brought up in Gaza where she lived under the Israeli blockade before coming to London as an Olive Tree Scholar where she currently lives and works. She will speak about her personal experience of living under blockade in the Gaza Strip. 

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Soulful Architecture

Is there soulful and soulless architecture? What characterises soulfulness in the built environment? This Conversation event will look at the question through a mix of commissioned short documentary films, panel discussion, readings and audience question time. The focus will be on what makes a soulful built environment and what impact building with soul can have on the daily lives of ordinary Londoners. There will then be an opportunity to continue the conversation over refreshments. The short documentary films will include vox pop soundbites and interviews with architects Veronica Cassin (Harper Downie) and Brigitte Rothfuss (Terry Farrell) and other opinion formers in the capital. The panel will include Clerkenwell architects, academics and other commentators. Andrew Baughen, The Vicar of Clerkenwell, will present new research on the measurement of soulfulness and how it can be developed within organisations.

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A Matter of Life & Death

With the help of guest speaker John Wyatt, Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics at University College, London, we will be exploring different perspectives on Life and Death, and how this interacts with issues such as medical ethics and euthanasia. We will also be asking questions such as What does it mean to live well? and What is Life for?

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Justice

With scandals involving MPs, police and journalists fresh in the memory this conversation focuses on the need for justice in society. Includes an interview with High Court Judge Sir Jeremy Cooke.

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The Credit Crunch

In the wake of the credit crunch we interviewed the BBC’s Hugh Pym and asked about what lessons we can learn from the economic crisis. We also interviewed Professor Paul Palmer from Cass Business School who suggests ways forward which will avoid the same thing happening again.

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