Ethical dilemmas to be discussed in Pateley Bridge
Last updated Aug 21, 2023
Dr Peter Vardy
Dr Peter Vardy

Sex, death, war and artificial intelligence will be discussed in a series of monthly Food for Thought talks by a leading theologian in Pateley Bridge.

Dr Peter Vardy, who has written extensively on religion and ethics and was vice-principal of Heythrop Jesuit College in London, from 1998 to 2011, will lead the events at St Cuthbert’s Church.

For more than 30 years he has run conferences for GCSE and A level students in this country and overseas.

Dr Vardy, whose first talk will take place next month, said:

“The aim of this initiative is to engage those attending with contemporary issues, but also to explain different approaches particularly to Christian understandings of ethical dilemmas.”

Everyone from within the parish and beyond is welcome to attend the Food for Thought events.

The Vicar of St Cuthbert’s, Revd Darryl Hall, said:

“Our mission action plan inspires us to grow confident Christians, devoted to growing deeply as disciples.

“We have a dedicated team looking after the youth ministry in the parish and also a team looking after adult discipleship – which is where Food for Thought first came from as a confirmation course during Lent.

“It proved to be so popular that we ran a second series before taking a break for the summer.

“We are very fortunate that Dr Peter Vardy kindly offered to run a monthly series on Christian ethics from September to February.”

Starting on September 6 with the subject of ‘how to make ethical decisions’, the 45-minute talks will start at 7pm followed by 15 minutes for questions. Refreshments will be available from 6.30pm.

The other subjects to be covered are:

  • Euthanasia and Death (October 4)
  • Sex, Fertility, New Methods of Reproduction and Marriage (November 8)
  • Can Wars be Just? (December 6)
  • Money, Power and Economic Justice (January 10)
  • Artificial Intelligence (February 7)

To find out more and to help with managing numbers, attendees are asked to email [email protected]

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