Briefing Meetings take place four times a year.
We usually have one or two invited speakers to introduce a specific topic of current concern,
followed by questions, discussion and contributions from members.
Meetings start at 2·0pm (please aim to arrive by 1·45pm) and finish by 4·15pm.
This is an open invitation.
Venue for ordinary meetings:
The Library, Archbishop's House, 150 St George's Road, London SE1
Please notify Philip Walters if you intend to attend.
Archbishop's House now require a list of those attending.
|Thursday 17 January 2019||Theme: How to talk about Israel and its policies without being accused of antisemitism, in the light of current lively controversies on the subject and the fact that 27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day. Our speaker will be Dr Edie Friedman, Director of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality, who will also talk about some issues about being Jewish and why these influence attitudes towards Israel.
Please note: This meeting will begin at 2pm in the Amigo Hall at St George's Cathedral Southwark. The address is Lambeth Road, London SE1, at the intersection with St George's Road. (Facing our usual entrance to the Library, walk to your right to the traffic lights and turn left. The Amigo Hall is a few yards on your left.)
|Thursday 9 May 2019|
|Theme: Hungary,focusing on the rise of populism and including consideration of irredentist claims to areas such as Transylvania and Vojvodina. Our main speaker will be Professor Nora Berend, who will address the topic 'Christian illiberalism in Hungary in a historical perspective', and we shall have a response from Revd Alexander Faludy, who will by then have just returned from a 3-month visit to Hungary and will be able to report on the current situation.
There will be a Europe Day evensong in Southwark Anglican Cathedral at 5.30pm on that day which all FiE members are welcome to attend.
|Thursday 11 July 2019|
|At this meeting we plan to consider the split which is manifesting itself more and more clearly between the Orthodox East and the Protestant West, particularly in the Conference of European Churches; and at the meeting on October 17 we plan to consider the potentially incipient reinvigoration of Orthodox-Catholic rapprochement, including such issues as the status of the Uniate Churches.|
|As usual after the presentations by our speakers there will be time for responses, questions and contributions from members; and of course if any member has something of importance to say on any other subject we will try to provide a space. If anyone would like to speak for a few minutes on a particular subject at the Briefing Meeting, please let Keith Jenkins know as soon as possible in advance.|