Victor Stock 600CF

Food for mind and soul at South Creake church

After a highly successful launch series in autumn 2015, the South Creake Lectures are returning again in September, and all are invited to come along without charge.

Victor Stock, pictured above, lately Dean of Guildford Cathedral will give a talk on Friday September 2 at 7.00pm entitled: Force Feeding - Is Religion Bad for You?
From ISIS to Christian Fundamentalism millions of people are fed on certainty and fear of difference. Is reasonable religion doomed to be dismissed by the thoughtful and the inquiring or can classical Anglicanism make its voice heard? When we all worry about exercise and diet we need to remember that we are what we eat and there is nothing holy about being unattractive.
When conducting the Bow Dialogues over 15 years at St Mary le Bow with guests from AS Byatt to Jeremy Paxman and Matthew Paris to Judy Dench and when Dean of Guildford for 10 years Victor Stock and his guests tried to listen to each other. On BBC 4 on Christmas Day 2015 with Professor Brian Cox and Brian Ince, Victor Stock continued to wonder where Christian Humanism has gone and in this South Creake Lecture he will look at how to be a practising Christian today.
Charles Saumarez Smith 320CFOn Friday October 7, also at 7.00pm, Charles Saumarez Smith, right, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts, will give a talk entitled: The Sacred and the Secular in Contemporary Art.
In this lecture, Charles will explore some of the relationships between the practice of contemporary art and religion: the search for transcendence, the idea of the sacred, and the use of symbolic meaning. He will use examples drawn from the work of, amongst others, Alison Watt, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor and Edmund de Waal.
Charles Saumarez Smith has been Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts since 2007. He is also a visiting Professor of Cultural History at Queen Mary, University of London, an Honorary Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge and a Trustee of the Royal Drawing School. He was previously Director of the National Gallery and before that Director of the National Portrait Gallery.
Commenting on these talks, Fr Clive Wylie, Rector of South Creake, said: “The South Creake Lectures are about giving a general audience intellectual and spiritual stimulus - food for the mind and soul. The attendances at last autumn's inaugural lectures exceeded our expectations and we hope Victor Stock and Charles Saumarez Smith will do just as well this year. The idea is for the church to give something to the community. These are not fund raising events so just turn up. Entry is free and no ticket is needed.”
Both lectures take place at Saint Mary’s Church Church Lane, South Creake, NR21 9LX at. 
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