Book launch to remember former Canon Theologian

Date: Monday 01 October 2018 (5.30pm to 8.15pm)

John Atherton, who died in June 2016, was for many years Canon Theologian of Manchester Cathedral and honorary lecturer in Christian Social Ethics at the University of Manchester. An internationally-recognised scholar in his field, John never lost sight of his Lancashire roots and the importance of Manchester and Salford as the context for much of his work. Two former Manchester colleagues, Professor Chris Baker (Goldsmith’s University, London) and Professor Elaine Graham (University of Chester) have brought together a series of essays in appreciation of John’s work, entitled John Atherton and the Future of Public Theology (SCM Press, 2018) which will be launched at the Cathedral (in conjunction with the William Temple Foundation) on Monday 1 October.

All guests are invited to attend Evensong at 5.30pm, which will include prayers of thanksgiving for John’s ministry and an anthem he was fond of. The service will finish by 6.15pm and the launch itself will start at 6.30pm. It will include input from some of the contributors. This will be followed by refreshments, an opportunity to meet the editors, buy a copy of the book and mingle with the many people who knew John and valued his work.

This is a free event, hosted jointly by the William Temple Foundation and Manchester Cathedral.

For further information, please contact Chris Baker.

For catering purposes, please register your attendance via Eventbrite (registering is not essential; you are still welcome to attend without registering).


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