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Religion Debate

@ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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This House Would Move Beyond Organised Religion


Seneca, apocryphally, said that ‘Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.’ How we search for meaning matters in our changing and technological world. Some hold tight to collective beliefs rooted in history, but others seek to navigate morality without surrendering their autonomy. In a society preaching individualism, can personal spirituality replace organised religion in the face of life’s big questions or will structure always triumph?


Professor Linda Woodhead MBE

Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University and Director of the 2007 Religion and Society research programme. She is the co-founder of the Westminster Faith Debates and authored An Introduction to Christianity.

Imam Monawar Hussain

Incoming High Sheriff of Oxford and founder of the Oxford Foundation. He is is a Muslim chaplain at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and works to promote religious and racial harmony through educational and arts-based activities. He has also steered a unique programme that confronts violent extremist ideology, which has been used to train religious education teachers in the UK.


The Most Revd Dr Eamon Martin KC*HS

Most senior Catholic priest in Ireland, as Archbishop of Armagh, since 2014. He previously worked as a teacher and school principal and obtained an MPhil in school development from the University of Cambridge.

Rabbi Helen Freeman

Co-senior rabbi at the West London Synagogue, which is affiliated with British Reform Judaism. Her focal point is interfaith relations and helping those who wish to convert to Judaism. She also co-founded a Jewish Muslim Women’s group.

Professor Sondra Hausner

Professor in Anthropology of Religion. She has published work looking at how south Asia and the Himalayas are represented in religions. She has been a visiting professor in anthropology at the University of Tuebingen (2015) and Goethe University Frankfurt (2019).

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain MBE

Rabbi, writer and broadcaster, as well as minister of Maidenhead synagogue. He is a regular contributor to The Times and The Guardian and wrote Till Faith Us Do Part in an effort to help spouses who come from different religions.

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