The LTN 2019 Programme of Lectures
Tuesday 26 February 2019, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

“Texts, lies and social media – Judeophobia and the Church”
by The Revd Bruce D Thompson, Chair Lincolnshire Methodist District, Author of Echoes of Contempt: A History of Judeophobia and the Christian Church (Wipf and Stock, 2018)

Throughout his ministry Bruce has sought to develop inter faith relations and in particular to raise awareness in the Church of religious prejudice. He is also co-founder and Chair of Methodist Friends of Judaism.

Saturday 7 September, 3.00pm – 4.30pm

Anti-Clerical Views and Theological Thought: William Blake’s Visionary Christianity
by Dr Sibylle Erle, Reader in English Literature in the School of Humanities at Bishop Grosseteste University, author and co-editor of the two-volume collection titled The Reception of William Blake in Europe (Bloomsbury, 2019)

This lecture, which is on William Blake’s response to the creation story in Genesis, explores body-making in Blake’s creation myth to consider the relationship between the human and the divine.

Friday 18 October 2019, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

‘Preserving the Penultimate: The Church and Healthcare’, As seen through the eyes of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Albert Schweitzer’
by Dr Robert Mark Jaggs-Fowler, Physician, PhD student, and Ordinand. Author of The Healing Enigma” The Physician Priest in the 21st Century (Troubador, 2018)

By the end of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life, his theology focused on the ‘here and now’, which he called the ‘penultimate’. Albert Schweitzer, whose life overlapped that of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, had similar ideas which he put into practice by running a missionary hospital in the Gabon. This lecture examines whether Bonhoeffer’s theology and the praxis of Schweitzer might together form a theological mechanism for the Church to re-assert its place in society by having a more significant involvement in 21st century healthcare.


The Lincoln Theological Network was set up in March 2011 with the specific aim of providing an opportunity in Lincoln to hear respected and published theologians of all denominations and faiths.

How We Operate

  • We operate as an ‘open’ network with no actual membership and no specific affiliation to any Church or faith group. Some people who attend claim no religious faith but are interested in the place religion has in society and current thought.
  • Lectures are open to all people who are interested in the subjects being presented. Our approach encourages lively discussion and debate in a constructive atmosphere.
  • Lectures are organised by the Chancellor, networking with colleagues in the churches and involved in ministerial development.
  • Lectures are open to all people who are interested in the subjects being presented. Our approach encourages lively discussion and debate in a constructive atmosphere.
  • Free entry is offered to those training for ministry and theological students, including curates.
  • We have an excellent book stall provided by Unicorn Tree Books.

Past Speakers Include:

Lord Harries; Dr Stephen Dawes; Dr Joseph O’Hanlon; Dr Mark Hocknull; Dr Elaine Storkey; Metropolitan Kallistos; Dr Anthony Cane.Trevor Dennis; Anthony Philips; Dr Paula Gooder; Professor Elaine Graham; Dr John Muddiman; Lord Rowan Williams; Lord Griffiths; Professor Mona Siddiqi, Rev. Canon Professor Nicholas Sagovsky, Dr Margaret Barker, The Rev. Canon Professor Richard Burridge, Jolyon Mitchell, Dr Jonathan Koestle-Cate


Tickets £5.00 each are available online by clicking here.
Also from Lincoln Cathedral shop, Unicorn Books at Lincoln Market, and on the door.