Tuesday, 12 May 2015 at 18.30
St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL
‘Warrior archaeologists: making and remaking history in the Middle East’
by the Rt Rev and Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury
Lord Williams’s talk will examine how archaeology can be used to make political points in an overheated political atmosphere. He will explore the wider issue of how we handle the past, and how – especially in the Middle East – we move nearer to a point of being able to see history as something that does not belong only to one group or nation but is shared – and so poses some shared challenges.
Tickets are free but must be ordered in advance. Doors open at 18.00; the lecture starts at 18:30 and ends at 20:00
To book tickets please see www.embraceme.org/AL15
Embrace the Middle East (formerly Biblelands) is a Christian charity that has worked in the Near and Middle East since 1854. It aims to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people and works with local Christians who provide health, education and community development programmes to those in need – regardless of their faith or nationality. Currently, Embrace supports projects in Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and Syria.
In Israel, one of Embrace’s partners is the Bethany Girls School which received a generous donation from St Mary’s in 2007. The principal of the school, Sister Martha, visited the UK in 2010 and friends may remember the inspirational talk she gave at St Mary’s. I remain in touch with Sister Martha and know how much she appreciates our prayers as she and her colleagues face ever more difficult challenges to keep the school going for some 300 girls who might otherwise not receive an education.
Sara Bristow (was Cunningham)