The Cundy Christian Unity Lecture
(12 May 2017)
In this year’s Cundy lecture entitled 'Resolving the Unresolvable? Mediation and ethics in divided churches in a divided world' Bill Marsh will offer thoughts from the coalface of conflict, and explore the realities of trying to build peace. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, 31 May at 7.30pm in the Leech Hall, St John’s College, 3 South Bailey, Durham. All are welcome.
There is no shortage of conflict – Syria, Yemen, Brexit, the Church and human sexuality, to name a few. But what does it all mean? Is conflict an inevitable and proper assertion of difference, or a failure of dialogue and connection? What are the limits of compromise? And what is the role of the Church in all this – problem or peace-maker?
Bill Marsh (St Johns, Durham, 1981-84) has spent the last 26 years in the middle of conflict. More recently he mediated the Church of England’s negotiations concerning women in the episcopacy, facilitated discussions at the 2016 Anglican Primates Meeting and is currently heavily involved in facilitating the Church of England’s discussions on human sexuality. In 2016 he received the Archbishop of Canterbury’s inaugural Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and for the last 5 years he has been ranked among the world’s top ten commercial mediators.