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Events are open to Fellows and Members of Sion College only.

Seminar Supper: Islam in London: a journalist reflects

Speaker: Mobeen Azhar, BBC journalist and broadcaster

An award-winning journalist, film-maker and presenter, Mobeen Azhar will be reflecting on Islam in London, particularly from the perspective of young British Asians, who he hears from through his late night discussion programme on the BBC Asian network. 

Online application and payment is available for this event. To apply and pay online you will first need to register if you haven't done so already. Once the Administrator has approved your registration, you will be able to log in and access the online application/payment. You will only need to register once, and for any applications for subsequent events you will need only to log in.

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Seminar Supper: Poverty and development

Speaker: Amanda Mukwashi, CEO, Christian Aid

Tuesday 19th March, 2019 - 7 for 7:30pm, Ev Restaurant/ Bar/ Café, The Arches, 97-99 Isabella Street, London SE1 8DD

The CEO of Christian Aid, Amanda Mukwashi will join Sion College to reflect on the relevance of faith-tradition, worship and action in a world where injustice, poverty and fear are normative for so many people.

Our venue for this evening, Ev Restaurant, is part of the Tas group, the leading London specialist in Anatolian Turkish cuisine.

Online application and payment is available for this event. To apply and pay online you will first need to register if you haven't done so already. Once the Administrator has approved your registration, you will be able to log in and access the online application/payment. You will only need to register once, and for any applications for subsequent events you will need only to log in.

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Seminar Supper: Climate Change

Speaker: Bishop Nick Holtam, lead bishop for environmental affairs

A scientific, political, economic and theological consensus has emerged that the care of the environment is an urgent priority. Environmental issues press hard on all of us, but the poorest of the earth are the most vulnerable. In this the churches have significant responsibilities and opportunities. The care of creation is integral to mission. How well are we doing and for God’s sake how might we do better.

Following over 20 years in parish ministry in London, with a five-year break as a tutor at Lincoln Theological College, and ending up as Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam was consecrated Bishop of Salisbury in 2011. In 2014 he succeeded the Bishop of London as the Church of England’s lead bishop for Environmental Affairs, working with the Mission and Public Affairs department of the Archbishops’ Council and with the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division on the Church of England’s Shrinking the Footprint campaign. He also chairs the General Synod Working Group on the Environment.

Online application and payment is available for this event. To apply and pay online you will first need to register if you haven't done so already. Once the Administrator has approved your registration, you will be able to log in and access the online application/payment. You will only need to register once, and for any applications for subsequent events you will need only to log in.

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Annual General Meeting and Feast at Fishmongers’ Hall

Speaker: Patrick Derham, Headmaster of Westminster School

The President and Court of Governors request the pleasure of your company at the Annual Feast of the College on Thursday 9th May 2019 at Fishmongers’ Hall, London Bridge, London EC4R 9EL at 7pm for 7:30pm. Dress: Black Tie or Cassock.

We are delighted this year to welcome Patrick Derham OBE, headmaster of Westminster School, as our principal speaker.

Online application and payment is available for this event. To apply and pay online you will first need to register if you haven't done so already. Once the Administrator has approved your registration, you will be able to log in and access the online application/payment. You will only need to register once, and for any applications for subsequent events you will need only to log in.

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Seminar Supper: Shepherds or Saviours? Priesthood and vocation today

Speaker: Canon Anna Matthews, Vicar St Benedict, Cambridge, and DDO Ely Diocese

In this Seminar Supper, Anna Matthews, until recently Diocesan Director of Ordinands for the diocese of Ely, will reflect on some of the current changes and challenges, and consider how they might (or might not) impact on different models of priesthood.

Anna has been Vicar of St Bene’t’s in Cambridge since 2012. She was ordained in 2003 and served a curacy in the diocese of St Albans, and also served for six years as Precentor at the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Albans. She read theology at Cambridge, where she also did ordination training (at Westcott).

Online application and payment is available for this event. To apply and pay online you will first need to register if you haven't done so already. Once the Administrator has approved your registration, you will be able to log in and access the online application/payment. You will only need to register once, and for any applications for subsequent events you will need only to log in.

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Visit:  A morning trip in a classic London bus (owned and driven by a Sion College member) to Fuller’s brewery, Chiswick, with a tour of the brewery and lunch

Visit and pub supper: Building Bridges: a guided walk reflecting on the story of London and the Thames

Speaker/Guide: Pete Smith

Founder’s Day: Sion College Lecture at Lambeth Palace

Speaker: Baroness Manningham-Buller, LG, DCB, former Director General of MI5

Extended visit: Armenia: A pilgrimage and study tour

The kingdom of Armenia was the first state to adopt Christianity as its official religion, early in the fourth century. According to tradition, the Armenian Apostolic Church, part of the Oriental Orthodox Church, originated from the missions of Bartholomew and Thaddeus in the first century. Armenia today is a place of change, following its 'Velvet Revolution' in the spring of 2018. Our study tour to Armenia will give us the opportunity to explore both of these aspects of the life of Armenia - its ancient traditions, and its modern challenges.  We will be attending the Divine Liturgy in Etchmiadzin, the centre of religious life in Armenia, and visit many churches and monasteries which tell the story of this ancient Church, including the Seminary in Sevan, the prison of St Gregory the Illuminator and the Gerghad Monastery, famous for the tradition that the spear which pierced Christ's side rested here.  We hope to be able to engage with clergy and church workers about the challenges they face and the opportunities they are enjoying, for example outreach through their new youth centre. The programme envisaged will involve quite a lot of walking around historic (and hilly) sites.

At this stage we are requesting all members wanting to apply for a place to write, using the form sent by email, to express their interest and to outline their particular reasons for wishing to join this visit. Please note that online registration and payment will not be available for this event.

Seminar supper: African Christianity in the UK

Speaker: Bishop Karowei Dorgu, Area Bishop of Woolwich

Seminar supper: The invisible thief: how do we tackle fraud?

Speaker: Ian Dyson, Commissioner, City of London Police

Seminar Supper: Being a priest and a theologian: learning from Augustine’s experience

Speaker: Cally Hammond, Dean and Director of Studies in Theology, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge

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