Dio­cese of York

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The first Bishop of Hud­der­s­field, the Rt Rev Dr Jonathan Gibbs, will give the 2015 Harold Wil­son Lec­ture on the theme ‘should the Church stay out of pol­i­tics?’

The lec­ture, due to be de­liv­ered at the Uni­ver­sity of Hud­der­s­field, will be jointly hosted by the Uni­ver­sity and the Dio­cese of Wake­field.

A spokesman for the Uni­ver­sity said: “As the first Bishop of Hud­der­s­field, he rep­re­sents the open­ing of a new chap­ter. But he also com­mem­o­rates the long and fruit­ful re­la­tion­ship we had with the for­mer Dio­cese of Wake­field in or­gan­is­ing th­ese popular and thought-pro­vok­ing lec­tures.”

Bishop Jonathan will ask how the Church can stay out of pol­i­tics ‘when God is con­cerned with the whole of hu­man life’.

Bishop Jonathan said: “Some would ar­gue the bish­ops should be a voice for the voice­less, oth­ers that they should speak truth to power. Wher­ever the church is, it should join and en­cour­age the de­bate about our shared fu­ture and seek to raise peo­ples’ eyes to a big­ger vi­sion of what hu­man be­ings and so­ci­ety can truly be.”

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