The topical issues of media and politics are next under the spotlight as the Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, invites his clergy across Sussex to reflect on what insights the Bible brings to two contemporary debates.
2017 is the Year of the Bible for the Church of England Diocese of Chichester as part of a five-year strategy to renew ministry for mission.
There have been many different activities in the year so far – many of them initiated by parish clergy on the advice of the Diocese.
But Dr Warner has also organised a series of lectures for his clergy also to have time to reflect on how the Bible relates to contemporary issues in society.
Today, Wednesday (17 May) Christine Morgan, Head of Religion (Radio) at the BBC, will reflect on the use of the Bible in media and broadcasting with clergy from the Hastings Archdeaconry.
This will be followed next month 14 June) by a lecture from Professor James Crossley, from St Mary’s University, Twickenham on the Bible and Politics for clergy in the Archdeaconry of Horsham at St Mary’s Easebourne. This will be particularly topical in light of the upcoming General Election.
The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, believes his diocese has embraced the challenges and, in a recent interview, explained that the Year (of the Bible) is “giving us a new confidence as to how the bible is taught and explored in the parishes. It is something that everyone can do wherever they are and whatever the context.”