Round Church Talks

2017-2018 Academic Year

We aim to provide a setting in which sceptics, agnostics, and believers can examine and explore Christian belief, its implications and its alternatives in the 21st century. Our goal is to give people the chance to reflect on the ‘big picture’ questions of life in a context which allows for robust, honest, critical and courteous dialogue. 

Talks are located at the Round Church with doors opening at 7pm, followed by lecture and Q&A from 7:30-8:45pm.


For links to our previously recorded talks, click HERE.


Autumn 2017


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 - "I'm Not Me: Shame and the Self with St. Paul"

Dr. Jonathan Linebaugh, Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge
Brené Brown--Houston based "vulnerability researcher" and TED Talk phenomenon--seems to have touched a nerve with her honest words about shame and empathy. Forty million or so views suggest that her diagnosis of an "epidemic of shame" is resonating deep in the open wounds of personal experience. As Brown defines it, in contrast to guilt which is about behaviour ("I made a mistake"), shame is about the self ("I am a mistake"). Is there any good news for the suffering self? For Brown, empathy--vulnerability meeting vulnerability--is the only antidote. But Bob Dylan finds something else to say: "Thank God, I'm not me." This is the route I'll take, both the "thank God" as this talk will draw on the resources of Christian theology and the "I'm not me" as I'll suggest that "I" am not the final answer to the question "Who am I?".


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31 - "Reformation 500: The Truth of the Gospel" 
Great St. Mary's Church, 
7:00 - 8:30pm 

Steve Midgley, Senior Minister at Christ Church Cambridge;
Andrew Fellows, Director of Round Church, Cambridge;
Dr. Jonathan Linebaugh, Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge
To mark the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation, a city-wide church service celebrates the truth of the gospel. In 1516 at Cambridge University, the Dutch scholar Erasmus translated the Greek and Latin edition of the New Testament, which for centuries had only been available in the Latin translation of Jerome's Vulgate. Unbeknownst to Erasmus, a chain reaction would ensue. Erasmus' work provided scholars with access to the original Greek would eventually lead to the unlocking of the gospel of grace for Martin Luther. Luther then lit the fire of the Reformation when he nailed his 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Castle on October 31, 1517, thus, leading to the reformation of the Roman Catholic Church, the reviving of essential Christian doctrines, and revolutionising the landscape throughout Europe.


Service Outline:

Call to Worship and Introduction - Steve Midgley
Prayer and Talk - Andrew Fellows - "Historical Context and Today"
Hymn -  "And Can It Be"
Sermon and prayer - Dr. Jonathan A. Linebaugh - "The Truth Of The Gospel"
Hymn - "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"
Benediction - Steve Midgley

FRIDAY EVENING 10th NOVEMBER, AND SATURDAY 11th NOVEMBER - Forming A Christian Mind Conference (FACM 2017)

Forming a Christian Mind (FACM) explores how the Christian faith interacts with personal and academic development. It aims to help postgraduates and post-docs to develop their capacity to think biblically about their discipline and address the tensions between secular and Christian perspectives on their subject, both in the university and in wider society.

You can find out more information and register HERE