Cathedral Theological Conversations

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  • 2 January 2024
Cathedral Theological Conversations

Join us in 2024 for an exciting programme of innovative theologians speaking on contemporary issues.

Each month, our Theological Conversations invite you to contemplate different theological themes in an open-minded group here at Manchester Cathedral.

All sessions take place from 7 – 8.30pm and are completely free of charge.  

Take a look at our current programme for 2024: 

  • Thursday 25 January

Dominic Budhi Thornton - Theology and Manchester Cathedral

Dominic Budhi Thornton graduated his PhD program in July 2023. The title of his thesis was ‘A critical evaluation of the public theology of Manchester Cathedral’. Dom’s work explores various theological and ethical challenges that arise for Christian practitioners seeking to be public facing in post-secular, post-modern societies.

  • Thursday 22 February

Raj Bharat Patta - Theology and Decolonial Reading of the texts.

Raj Bharat Patta, is an (im)migrant public Dalit liberation theologian, and a minister at the United Stockport Methodist Circuit. He leads the Stockport Multi-faith Network, serves on the Greater Manchester Faith & Belief Panel of the GMCA and is a member of the Interfaith Theological Advisory Group of the CTBI. He is involved with the Stockport Race and Equality Partnership, with the Belonging Together group of the Methodist Church and with the Asian Theologians Group in the UK. He has pioneered a Telugu Christian Methodist fellowship in Manchester, serving the migrant communities in the region.
His writings include political theological commentaries on contemporary issues using scriptures, creative liberational liturgical resources and multi-faith statements on public issues. His most recent book is Subaltern Public Theology: Dalits and the Indian Public Sphere. 

  • Thursday 14 March

Marika Rose – Theology and the End of the World.

Marika Rose is senior lecturer in philosophical theology at the University of Winchester and is a regular contributor to The Daily Service on BBC Radio 4. She is the author of A Theology of Failure: Zizek Against Christian Innocence (Fordham University Press, 2019) and Theology for the End of the World (SCM Press, 2023).

  • Thursday 11 April

Eve Parker - Theology and Exclusion

Eve is Lecturer in Modern Christian Theology at the University of Manchester. She also researches abuse in religious contexts as part of an AHRC funded project through the University of Kent.

She was previously at Durham University working with the Common Awards team, researching barriers to belonging in theological education, that led to her recent publication: Trust in Theological Education: Deconstructing 'Trustworthiness' for a Pedagogy of Liberation (London: SCM, 2022) Prior to this she worked for the Council for World Mission in Singapore and India, as programme director for global theologies and social justice. During this time she completed her PhD at the University of St Andrews, on the subject of Dalit Theology and the Devadasis, which led to the publication of her book, Theologising with the Sacred 'Prostitutes' of South India: Towards an Indecent Dalit Theology (Brill: 2021).

  • Thursday 23 May

Graham Adams – Theology and God the Child

Graham teaches at Luther King Centre for Theology and Ministry, Manchester, as tutor in Mission Studies, World Christianity and Religious Diversity, and programme leader for the postgraduate programmes in 'Theology, Ministry and Mission' and 'Chaplaincy Studies'. As a Congregational minister, he also teaches for the Congregational Institute in Practical Theology. His recent publications are Holy Anarchy (2022) and the forthcoming God the Child (2024).

  • Thursday 20 June

Jayne Manfredi – Theology and the Menopause

Jayne is an Anglican Deacon. She is also a writer, blogger, teacher and BBC Radio Four broadcaster. Jayne's book 'Waking the Women' on menopause and faith is due for publication in 2024.