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Second St Anselm Interfaith Lecture

29 Mar 2010

On 27 April at St Anselm Hall

Exploring God in the 21st century
Tuesday 27 April at 7pm
St Anselm Hall, Kent Road East, Victoria Park, Manchester, M14 5BX


  • Rabbi Dr Reuven Silverman

The Lecture:

  • Beyond Judeo-Christianity – Towards 'the One than whom no greater can be conceived'.


  • Attempts to find common ground between Christianity and Judaism have led to a blurring of the essential qualities of both faiths and the resultant 'dumming down' is unhelpful for the spiritual quest. Overarching philosophical and theological positions found in Christianity, Judaism and Islam, as well as those which are independent of all three, will be discussed in my lecture, which will focus mainly on the distinctive characteristics of Jewish prayer and its alternatives from a Jewish perspective.

Reuven Silverman has been the minister at Manchester Reform Synagogue since 1977. He is a former chairman of the British Assembly of Rabbis and lectured in Modern Hebrew Language and Literature at Manchester for many years and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the Manchester University Centre for Jewish Studies. His research interest is the contributions of Jews to psychology and psychotherapy – he holds an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and is a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

St Anselm Hall is named after St Anselm of Bec who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. Called the founder of scholasticism, he is famous as the originator of the ontological argument for the existence of God and as the only archbishop who openly opposed the Crusades. His most famous utterance is that ‘God is greater than any of us can imagine’ and this honoured dictum still characterises the exceptional international and interfaith community that is St Anselm Hall today. This annual lecture commemorates the founding of the hall.

To book your place for the lecture, please contact Dr Crispin Bloomfield, Warden of St Anselm Hall, as follows: