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4th St Anselm Interfaith Lecture on 24 April

16 Apr 2012

Hinduism and Christianity – the meeting of opposites? Encounter between Hindus and Christians in the UK

Canon Dr Andrew Wingate, OBE, is the speaker on Tuesday 24 April 2012 (7pm).

The lecture will be held in the chapel of St Anselm Hall, Kent Road East, off Conyngham Rd and Dickenson Rd, Victoria Park, M14 5BX. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

About the speaker 

Until his retirement, Andrew was Co-chair of the UK’s Hindu Christian Forum and Founding Director of St Philip’s Centre for study and Engagement in a Multi Faith Society, Leicester. He is Canon Theologian of Leicester Cathedral, and Chaplain to The Queen. Post retirement he is Visiting Fellow of Westcott House, Cambridge University, honorary lecturer of Birmingham University and De Montfort University, Leicester.

He is a founder member of the Presence and Engagement Task Group of the Church of England. In January 2011 Andrew received an OBE for his contribution to Inter Faith Relations. He gave the Teape Lectures in three colleges in India in autumn 2011, through the Cambridge University-Delhi partnership on Hindu-Christian Dialogue. He was formerly a Faculty member of the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai, South India and also Chaplain to prisoners in Madurai Jail. His forthcoming book The Meeting of Opposites, Hindu-Christian Encounter in the West, will be published by SPCK, London.


The lecture series 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 conceive/imagine’ and this honoured dictum still characterises the exceptional international and interfaith community that is St Anselm Hall today.