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Contemporary Theology Group

The Canterbury Contemporary Theology Group is an ecumenical gathering that normally meets on the third Wednesday of each month, from January to June, at St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury. All meetings start at 7.30 pm. A list of meetings can be found below.

Our meetings are open to all who are interested in honest and lively discussions on contemporary themes in theology and religion. Whatever your interests or viewpoint, you will be most welcome to join us. And please tell others about the Group.  There is a charge of £3 at the door to cover the expenses of our speakers and an honorarium.  A season ticket of £12 is also available at the door, covering all six lectures

For further details about the Group, please contact the Church Office.

2019 Programme  


Wednesday 16th January:

Chlöe Reddaway - Research Fellow in the Centre for Arts and the Sacred at King’s College London, working on visual theology and focusing on the potential of historic artworks for contemporary theology. 

‘The Problem of Painting Christ: Strange Responses to the Greatest Artistic Challenge’.


Wednesday 20th February:

Robert Beckford - Professor of Theology and Culture in the African Diaspora, CCCU; Visiting Professor at King’s College London; author and broadcaster.

‘Social Justice and Liberation Theology – has Gospel Music Betrayed its Heritage?’


Wednesday 20th March:  

Trevor Dennis – retired Chancellor and Vice Dean of Chester Cathedral, formerly Tutor in Old Testament Studies at Salisbury and Wells Theological College.

‘The Bible as Art: how to enjoy it, how to play with it’.


Wednesday 10th April:  

Becky Parker - Physicist, physics teacher, and Visiting Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy , Queen Mary, University of London, engaging young people in genuine research in the vastest and smallest aspects of the Universe.

‘The Amazing Universe – Physics and Wonder and Belief’.


Wednesday 15th May: 

Harvey Richardson – Methodist Minister, and one-time Chair of the London S.E. District, with special interests in ecumenism and music.

‘Mark or Bach or Twitter : Can We Hear the Gospel More Clearly By Using Musical Ideas?


Wednesday 19th June:

Frances Young – Methodist Minister, retired Professor of Theology, University of Birmingham, and mother of a son with severe learning disabilities.

‘A Theology of Disability’.