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Bishop Van Mildert Lecture 2019

(13 February 2019)

At the sixth annual Bishop Van Mildert Lecture, Professor Mathew Grimley, Oxford University, will be giving a talk entitled 'Religion in the Ruins: Anglicans, Democracy and Reconstruction, 1939-51'. The lecture will be in the Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College, at 5.30pm on Wednesday, 13 March. Please email for more details.

Abstract for lecture:

From early in the Second World War, left-leaning Anglican clergy and laypeople began to plan how to reconstruct Britain to make it fairer and more democratic. They sought to create democratic communities in parishes, workplaces and military bases, pioneering discussion groups, liturgical innovation and ecumenical collaboration. Their efforts were championed and publicised by the Christian socialist politician, Sir Stafford Cripps. This lecture will explore the wartime ideas of Cripps and his circle, and their influence on the Labour government elected in 1945.’

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