Archbishop of York to give talk in Harrogate
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Last updated Sep 10, 2021
The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell
The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell.

The most senior Anglican in the north of England is to visit Harrogate this month.

The Most Reverend Stephen Cottrell is giving a talk at St Mark’s Church on Saturday, September 25.

The talk is titled Travelling Well and will be a theological reflection on pilgrimage in Christianity. The archbishop has twice walked the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain.

It will be the first in a wider series of lectures arranged by the Harrogate School of Theology and Mission, which is an ecumenical association of Harrogate churches.

It was launched to develop theological and biblical training that is open to all.


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The programme has been running for about five years, but this will be the first live lecture since the start of covid. The talk will also be available on zoom.

Geoffrey Turner, a committee member of the Harrogate School of Theology and Mission, believes being able to hold sessions over the internet has been beneficial. He said:

“When covid came and we couldn’t do our live lectures, we thought we’d be shut down. Like the whole Christian church, we were saved by Zoom – the creator of Zoom really should be made a saint.

“It made us realise we can be more flexible, especially for big name speakers who might be based further away from Harrogate.

“But the fact we’re live, up and running again is really meaningful for us. The Archbishop of York visiting gets us off to a flying start, and we’re really looking forward to it.”

The programme includes live lectures, including Canon Dr Mark Powley on meeting God in worship, Rt Revd Toby Howarth on Yorkshire’s Christian and Muslim communities working together, and Dr Selina Stone on pneumatology, embodiment and justice.

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