Lectures in Radical Christian Faith

About the Lectures

Carrs Lane has a long tradition of being on the ‘open’ wing of the Church, and in the past has played a prominent part in the development of the Civic Gospel. The Church has a continuing concern for social justice and dialogue between people of different faiths.

The lectures provide a platform for lively debate on liberal and unconventional views and an environment where awkward questions like these can be explored without embarrassment. The lectures have been presented annually since 2000.

Now held on a Saturday in October, from 10am-4pm, the lectures have become a significant ’fixture’ in the Birmingham scene, for people of religious faith and none, who are asking questions. The lectures are seen as an important contribution to the Church’s mission and ministry.

Forthcoming events

The 2017 Lectures’ Day is on October 14, 10am – 4pm; tickets £20 from office@carrslane.co.uk

Speaker: Revd Gretta Vosper

United Church of Canada minister, atheist and author of With or Without God

‘Creating a World Beyond the Beliefs that Divide’

Past events

Past speakers have included Bishops Jack Spong, Richard Holloway and Peter Selby; Professors John Hick, John Hull, Grace Jantzen, Michael Taylor, Keith Ward and Graham Ward; Karen Armstrong; Revd Inderjit Bhogal and Clare Short MP.

Recent programmes have included:


Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy

Revd Robert Reiss, Canon Emeritus of Westminster Abbey, Julie Grove and Bishop John Shelby Spong (electronically due to his illness)


Belonging without BelievingCanon Brian Mountford, Vicar of The University Church, Oxford

and Revd Dr Harriet Harris, Chaplain at The University of Edinburgh


Re-Imaging GodRevd Donald Horsfield and David Boulton


Towards a Theology that Liberates Theology: Alastair McIntosh

Independent scholar, activist, writer, speaker and broadcaster;


The Church as it could be…for Goodness’ Sake: Revd Adrian Alker

Director of Mission Resourcing in the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds;


Rethinking Christian Theology: Paul Knitter, Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary New York and Roger Haight, Scholar in Residence at Union Theological Seminary, New York;


If you have questions like:

Does religion have anything relevant to say to modern society?

Does faith make you think?

Do I have more questions than answers?

Do I own your own prejudices?

Can I say what I really think?

When (if) I go to church, do I feel I’m expected to leave my brains behind?

COME along!

For more information, contact Julie Grove

0121 643 6151 or email: office@carrslane.co.uk