Unscrambling issues of life and faith

Introducing the 2021 Programme

‘Life & Learning @ Ludlow’ is the name of an adult learning programme arranged by St Laurence’s Parish Church, Ludlow, which seeks to broaden understanding and initiate debate on theology, social issues and the arts. 

Arranged by St Laurence's, Ludlow, the events are open to all people from the town and beyond, regardless of religious affiliation.

The coronavirus pandemic has made it especially difficult to plan for the ninth annual series of lectures. However, subject to such protective measures in place at the time, we will be holding a foreshortened lecture series in the early months of 2021 in St Laurence’s Parish Church. 

The programme begins on Thursday 7 January with a lecture by the Revd Canon Chris Pullin, Canon Chancellor of Hereford Cathedral, looking at the life of ‘St Theodore, England’s Eastern Archbishop’ - one of the most significant figures in the history of our church and nation. 

This is followed on Thursday 21 January with a lecture by the Very Revd Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans. Dr John is an accomplished theologian with a reputation as an accessible preacher and teacher as well as a dedicated pastor. He will be tackling the question ‘What happens when we die?’ 

On Saturday 6 February, and as a first, we shall have a joint lecture by an Anglican priest and Franciscan, the Revd Iain Lane, and international concert pianist, Florian Mitrea, who will be combining forces to portray the life, music and faith of someone regarded as the greatest pianists of all time ‘Franz Liszt’. 

We welcome our new Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Richard Jackson, on Thursday 11 February. Known to have a particular passion for making Christ known in ways that engage the reality of our culture, he has entitled his lecture ‘Mission (post?) COVID: A new future or inexorable decline?’

The Revd Dr Neil Richardson, will be joining us once again on Thursday 4 March. As someone who has devoted much of his ministry teaching and exploring the contemporary relevance of the New Testament, who better to speak on the topic ‘Is St Paul a Problem for Christian Faith or the Key to It?’

 Rounding off this series of lectures we welcome back the Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Oxford. Known as one of the Church of England’s most distinguished and controversial theologians, the title of his lecture on Thursday 18 March is ‘The Verb of God: Being the Body of Christ Today’. 

Full details of all lectures, with booking form, can be downloaded from the website


( Copies of the programme can also be obtained through the Parish Office

on 01584 872073. The number which can be accommodated at all events is limited, so those wishing to attend are encouraged to reserve their place as early as possible. 

Barry Forrester