About the speakers
Considered by many to be one of the world’s most influential living theologians, Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T Rowe Emeritus Professor of Divinity and Law at Duke University. As a theologian, his work spans a broad range of engagements as his primary focus has been to reclaim the importance of character and the virtues for the display of Christian living. He has drawn attention to the importance of narrative for explicating the interrelation of practical reason and personal identity, and correlatively the significance of the Church as the necessary context for Christian formation and moral reflection.
Helen Paynter is a Baptist minister, and tutor in biblical studies at Bristol Baptist College. As an Old Testament specialist, she is particularly interested in biblical violence, and also in how the Bible is appropriated to support modern violence. In 2018, she founded and became director of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence at Bristol Baptist College (csbvbristol.org.uk). She is the author of several books, including God of Violence Yesterday, God of Love Today? Wrestling Honestly with the Old Testament and The Bible Doesn’t Tell Me So: Why you don’t have to submit to domestic abuse and coercive control.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, she recorded a series of vlogs giving a tour of every book of the Bible. You can find them here.
Gale Richards is minister of Zion Baptist Church, Cambridge, and an associate chaplain at Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge campus). She is currently researching the life stories of black women ministers as a resource for growing healthy churches.
Gale is the author of Text and Story: Prophets for Their Time and Ours Bible studies. She is also a co-editor of and a contributor to Journeying to Justice: Contributions to the Baptist Tradition across the Black Atlantic.
Harry and Chris
Childhood best friends turned musical comedy phenomena, Harry Baker (World Poetry Slam Champion) and Chris Read (Award-winning songwriter) are the creatively named Harry and Chris. Making comedy-rap-jazz a thing, their songs range from panda repopulation to coming of age to Robot Wars, and they bring love and laughter to a world that needs both more than ever.
★★★★★ Fringe Guru
“Intelligent and intricate wordplay”
★★★★★ The Sunday Post