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St John's College


The Cundy Christian Unity Lecture

(9 February 2017)

Bill Marsh will be speaking at this year's Cundy Christian Unity Lecture on “Resolving the Unresolvable? Mediation and ethics in divided churches in a divided world”.

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? In this year’s Cundy lecture, Bill Marsh will offer thoughts from the coalface of conflict, and explore the realities of trying to build peace.

Bill Marsh (St Johns, Durham, 1981-84) has spent the last 26 years in the middle of conflict, mediating between governments, businesses, individuals, factions and pressure groups from some 50 countries, across commercial, religious, political, and ethnic divides. 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. 

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