29th Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture: Beyond Justice
Start Date: 15th May 2014
Start Time: 18:15

Location - Westminster Abbey

Speaker: The Revd Dr Sam Wells

'What does one do in the face of the daily diminishment of human beings?' The Revd Dr Sam Wells explores and challenges different understandings of justice and asks whether the church can model a way of life beyond justice. 

The Revd Dr Sam Wells is the Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields. He has served as a parish priest for 16 years – 10 of those in urban priority areas. He also spent 7 years in North Carolina where he was Dean of Duke University Chapel.

Sam is also Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King's College, London, and a non-residential theological canon at Chichester Cathedral. He has published 20 books, including works on Christian ethics and collections of sermons.

The Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lectures are given in memory of Dean Eric Symes Abbott (1906-1983), who was at various times Dean of King's College London, Warden of Lincoln Theological College, Warden of Keble College Oxford, and Dean of Westminster.

The Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Fund was endowed after his death by his friends to provide for an annual lecture on spirituality and pastoral theology.

Past lecturers include the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, the Rt Hon Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, and the playwright David Hare.

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