Digital ThinkIn - What does God make of Coronavirus? Digital ThinkIn - What does God make of Coronavirus? - Tortoise

What does God make of coronavirus?

Monday 6 April 2020

Duration: 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Status: Completed

Religion and religious practice are supposed to bring people closer to one another, and closer to God. Now the places of worship are closed, what’s the role of faith in these anxious times? What comfort can religious leaders offer, and how are they reaching people both within their communities and beyond?

Our special guests include:

Lord Singh is a British journalist and broadcaster, prominent British Asian active in Sikh and interfaith activities, and a member of the House of Lords. He is editor of the Sikh Messenger and known as a presenter of the Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, and BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought. He also contributes to British and overseas newspapers and journals including The Times, The Guardian and The Independent.

Elizabeth Oldfield is the Director of Theos Think Tank, which timulates the debate about the place of religion in society, challenging and changing ideas through research, commentary and events. She is also the Host of The Sacred Podcast and appears regularly in the media. She is a regular conference speaker and chair and has an MA in Theology from King’s College London.

Rabbi Laura Janner Klausner is a British rabbi who serves as the Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism. She represents a progressive Jewish voice to British Jewry and the wider public, speaking on affairs including Israel-Palestine, social justice, same-sex marriage and interfaith relations. Janner-Klausner is a regular broadcaster on programmes such as BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day and BBC One’s The Big Questions and Sunday Morning Live. In 2018 she featured in The Progress 1000 list of London’s most influential people

Zia Chaudhry MBE is the Director of Liverpool John Moores University Foundation for Citizenship and an author, broadcaster and former barrister. He is also the author of Just Your Average Muslim and he has been actively involved in interfaith work for over fifteen years, with a particular emphasis on dispelling misunderstanding about Islam and Muslims. In 2005 he became the first Muslim Chair of the Merseyside Council of Faiths. In 2006 he was one of the founding members of the North West Forum of Faiths

Chair: James Harding, Editor and Co-founder, Tortoise


How does a digital ThinkIn work?

A digital ThinkIn is like a video conference, hosted by a Tortoise editor, that takes place at the advertised time of the event. Digital ThinkIns are new to Tortoise. Now that our newsroom has closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, we feel it’s more important than ever that we ‘get together’ to talk about the world and what’s going on.

The link to join the conversation will be emailed to you after you have registered for your free ticket to attend. When you click the link, you enter the digital ThinkIn and can join a live conversation from wherever you are in the world.

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