Saturday, November 07, 2009

faith, education (Mike Wardlow), finance (Paul Moore), & postmodern dilemmas (Steve Stockman)

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A quick plug for a few events coming up at the Centre for Contemporary Christianity (their domain temporarily down) in Belfast in the coming weeks. All the events are free.

In Conversation With ... Mike Wardlow - Faith in Education?

On Tuesday 10 November at 7.30pm, the former Chief Executive of the NI Council for Integrated Education will back to discuss how faith collides with the education system. You can catch a recording of his June talk (synchronised with his slides) when he asked whether the Christian church had anything distinctive to bring to current local education debates and institutions? An illuminating and challenging session.

The venue is the CCCI office, up on the 3rd Floor, 21 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HD.

Catherwood Lecture: Paul Moore - Finance and Faith: Can Mammon and the Common Good be Reconciled?

The CCCI’s annual lecture is often packed out. This year, it takes place in Union Theological College on 26 November at 8pm. Update - due to the recent fire, the venue has switched to Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, only a couple of paces away from Union.

Paul Moore is the former Head of Group Regulatory Risk at HBOS and was the only senior risk and compliance executive in the UK banking sector to speak out publicly in the aftermath of the financial crisis about what he saw from the inside of a bank.

His influential evidence given to the Treasury Select Committee in February 2009 was widely publicised in the media and led directly to the resignation of Sir James Crosby, the Deputy Chairman of the FSA. He maintained that failures in governance, risk management, compliance and regulatory supervision were at the primary causes of the banking crisis.

Paul was educated at Ampleforth College, an independent school run by a Benedictine Monastery. He re-found his faith in the last ten years. This has given him the strength he needed to speak up.

You can catch Paul Moore being interviewed by Michael Burke on Radio 4’s The Choice on iPlayer (available until around 9pm on Tuesday 10 November).

Looking forward to December:

In Conversation With ... Steve Stockman - Postmodern Dilemmas - Meet a Baby in Straw: Youth and the Incarnation

Tuesday 8 December, 7.30pm, 3rd Floor, 21 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HD.

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