Life & Learning is the name of an adult learning programme which seeks to broaden understanding and initiate debate on theology, social issues and the arts.

The programme offers a range of opportunities for study and learning. It is intended to stimulate the interest of people of faith who want to reflect deeply on how their faith impacts on their engagement with the world around them, and also appeal to those with no strong faith commitment who are interested in exploring the Christian perspective on contemporary issues.

Arranged by the Parish Church of St Laurence, Ludlow, (a member of Churches Together Around Ludlow) the events are open to all people from the town and beyond, regardless of religious affiliation.

A note about the 2017/18 programme

On 31 October 1517 the protest of Martin Luther as expressed in his 95 theses kick-started the European Reformation. This year, the 500th anniversary is being marked by events across Europe and beyond which seek to strengthen relationships between churches and promote reflection on what the Reformation means for us today.

The 2017/18 Life & Learning @ Ludlow programme includes several lectures on that theme. Other lectures include a study day exploring the Gospel of St Mark at the start of a church year when his gospel provides the majority of our Sunday readings. There is also a special lecture to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The programme concludes with a series of talks taking a look at some of the church's local figures.

Special thanks go to all those who are contributing to this our sixth Life & Learning programme, most of whom are travelling some distance to be with us or are fitting in a visit to Ludlow with other plans. I am sure we will want to give them a warm welcome.

Barry Forrester

The programme for October 2017 - March 2018 is available:

• To download the detailed programme of events and booking form click here
• To download the booking form only click here
• To download an A4 poster about the programme click here

Programme highlights

The 2017/18 programme begins on Thursday 19 October 2017 with a lecture entitled the ‘The Case for a New Reformation' given by the Rt Revd Dr John Saxbee.

This is followed on Saturday 11 November 2017 with an art study day ‘The Glorious Theatre of God's Works: Visual Culture in the Age of Reformation' led by the Revd Iain Lane.

A second study day with the title ‘The Gospel of Mark: Jesus revealed as Messiah and Son of God' led by the Revd Canon Dr Dennis Stamps takes place on Thursday 30 November 2017.

The first lecture of the New Year is on Thursday 18 January 2018 and given by the Revd Canon Jonathan Boardman. It is entitled ‘Religious or Spiritual: An Investigation of two National ‘Souls''.

To mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the lecture ‘The Holocaust and Human Nature' is given by the Revd Dr Chris Moore on Thursday 25 January 2018.

This is followed on Thursday 8 February 2018 by a lecture entitled ‘Separate Tables? - Divergence and Convergence in Worship 1517 - 2017' given by the Revd Canon Chris Walsh.

The Revd Dr Dan Inman gives a lecture on the theme ‘Technology, Reformation, and the Future of Church' on Thursday 22 February 2018.

The 2017/18 programme ends with a series of lectures given by the Very Revd Michael Tavinor on Thursdays 1, 8, 15 & 22 March 2018 entitled ‘Hereford's Rogues Gallery: The lives and times of the Bishops and Deans of Hereford 1550-1950'


Life & Learning @ Ludlow                         
2 College Street
Shropshire SY8 1AN


Tel: 01584 872073