Diocese of York
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.”