Exploring Belief returns to JW3.

The fourth Religion in the Media festival is packed full of stand-out keynote speakers, in depth discussions and panel talks delving in to all aspects of the presentation of religion. From mainstream television, radio and print to the huge engagement with religion online and in social media, this is an essential event for anyone wanting to help shape or critique the narrative of modern day religion.

We are delighted to announce that Cardinal Vincent Nichols will be giving the opening keynote at 11.00am. Vincent Nichols is the 11th Archbishop of Westminster. As Archbishop of Westminster, he is also Chancellor or Mater Ecclesiae College. He is patron of a number of Catholic charities including the Passage and the Cardinal Hume Centre.


11:00 Interview with Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, followed by panel discussion with Harry Farley, Christopher Lamb and Roger Bolton with Q&A 

12:00 Panel discussion: “Do machines have souls?” Science, religion and the future 

Chaired by Rosie Dawson with guests: 
Nick Spencer, senior fellow at Theos 
Rabbi Laura Janner Klausner 
Prof Neil Lawrence, Deep Mind Professor of Machine Learning, University of Cambridge 
Dr Beth Singler, Junior Research Fellow In Artificial intelligence; Director of Studies for Theology, Religion and the Philosophy of Religion at Homerton College, University of Cambridge  

12:50 Lunch

13:30 Reporting Religion – The BBCs new Religion Editor Aleem Maqbool in conversation with Roger Bolton

14:15 Invisible faith communities and how the media can find them –  the challenges uncovered by the RMC’s “Creating Connections” project in five cities  

Chaired by Leo Devine with guests including: 
Dr Kathryn Wright, CEO Culham St Gabriel’s Trust 
Mark Thomas, News Editor, ITV West Country 
Michelle Mayman, Editor BBC North West Tonight 
Alex Strangwayes-Booth, BBC senior local radio religious producer 
Rev Frances Finn, TV and radio presenter 
Rev Clive Foster
Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal, Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham

15:00 Break

15:15 Women in leadership – has anything changed?  

Chaired by Hannah Scott Joynt with guests including: 
Professor Linda Woodhead, King’s College London 
Dr Maryyum Mehmood, Associate Director, Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion 
Rev Dr Jo Bailey Wells, Bishop of Dorking 
Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers, community educator at the Movement for Reform Judaism  

16:00 Finish 

Please note

This seminar will take place in the building only.

Date - Mon 16 May 2022 11:00am


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