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Exploring Contemporary Issues

The Cathedral occasionally runs seminars or events that explore contemporary issues. Recent events have explored ageing, dementia and end of life issues.

Hot Topics 2018

A series of talks through which contemporary issues are explored and discussed.  Each Hot Topic session is introduced and chaired by the Cathedral Chancellor, the Reverend Canon Dr Anthony Cane.  For 2018 this series will consist of four talks all connected by the theme of Peace and Reconciliation. 

Tickets £7.50, refreshments included.  Booking in advance is essential - Chichester Box Office, The Novium Museum, Tower Street, Chichester PO191QH or call 01243 816525

Sarah Hills - Hot Topic

Friday 21 September  ‘Reconciliation Reimagined: Is Forgiveness Enough?’                       

Reverend Sarah Hills, Canon for Reconciliation Ministry at Coventry Cathedral, will explore the roles of forgiveness and justice in the work of reconciliation, through the lens of the Coventry Community of the Cross of Nails. What do ‘healing the wounds of history; learning to live with difference and celebrate diversity; and building a culture of peace’ mean in practice today?’


November Hot Topc

Wednesday 21 November  ‘In Praise of Non-Remembrance’

A lively counter-cultural dialogue on how best we should Remember, with reference to neuroscience, Sierra Leone and Miroslav Volf, with Simon Keyes, Professor of Reconciliation and Peacebuilding at the University of Winchester.

At the first talk in February - 'Forgiving Your Torturers: Can It and Should It Be Done?' - we explored the concept of forgiveness and were honoured to welcome Kemal Pervanic, a survivor of the notorious Omarska concentration camp, set up by Bosnian Serb forces in the early days of the Bosnian War. Kemal now lives in England and is the founder of the transformative Most Mira charity. Kemal’s story is shared as part of The Forgiveness Project

At the second talk in July 'Antisemitism Beyond the Headlines' Rabbi Dr Andrea Zanardo of Brighton & Hove Reform Synagogue gave a personal view on the development of antisemitism and what can be done to challenge antisemitism in the world today.


Grave Talks

The Church of England has launched an initiative called ‘Grave Talk’ to encourage conversation about important topics it is easy to shy away from: death, dying and funerals.  All are most welcome to attend - no faith commitment is required.

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The mornings will be hosted by the Cathedral Chancellor, supported by members of the Cathedral congregation, and using resources developed by the national church, along with tea, coffee and cake!   Entry is free, although contributions towards the refreshments would be gratefully received.

The next event will be will be announced soon.  While it is fine to simply turn up on the day, it would help with the planning and catering to have an idea of numbers: registers of interest would be gratefully received by email (, telephone (01243 813 585) or a note left at Cathedral Reception.

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