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/ 2 November 2017

Co-Leader of the Greens to deliver William Temple Foundation Annual Lecture

Jonathan Bartley, Co-leader of the Green Party to deliver William Temple Foundation Annual Lecture

The Co-Leader of the Green Party will join the William Temple Foundation to deliver their third Annual Lecture in London on the day of the Autumn Budget, 22nd November 2017.

Jonathan Bartley became Co-leader of the Green Party in 2016, and previously helped found the think tank Ekklesia, with the goal of examining the role of religion in public life and advocating transformative ideas and solutions to societal challenges, rooted in a strong commitment to social justice, environmental responsibility, and nonconformist styles of Christianity.

In his lecture, which will be followed by an audience Q&A, Bartley will share his thoughts on new forms of politics and economics, ideas of stewardship and creation in relation to the environment and other policy areas, including how religion and belief inhabits the current public political landscape.

Dr Chris Baker, Director of Research at the William Temple Foundation said:

“I am thrilled that we can welcome as this year’s lecturer a co-leader of a national political party engaged not only in creating a sustainable environment, but also sustainable communities in terms of justice, equality and in the innate dignity of every created thing. These agendas were close to Temple’s heart and we are pleased that Jonathan Bartley will bring his passion, expertise, political and theological insights to an agenda that unites people of all faiths and none.”

Jonathan Bartley, Co-leader of the Green Party, said:

“From Brexit Britain to Trump’s Twitter, we are living through a new age of insecurity. The old systems and assumptions aren’t delivering. It’s time for a new vision of hope. We can have a transformed economy that works for everyone, that works with the environment not against it. A country where we live well and thrive, not just survive.”

The William Temple Foundation was established in 1947, with the objective of connecting Christian social concerns to the realities of the secular world, and launched their Annual Lecture in 2015 as a means of inviting leading religious, political, cultural or academic figures to reflect on the interface of the religious and the secular in the public sphere. Past speakers at the William Temple Annual Lecture include the Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Stockport – the first woman to be appointed Bishop in the Church of England, and the Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York.

The lecture will take place on 22nd November at 7pm at the Wellcome Collection, Euston Road. You can register to attend for free via this link.

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