Minster to tackle issues that matter

First of The Minster Series debates at Halifax Minster - Culture and Diversty by professor Ted Cantle.'Panel, from the left, Council leader Tim Swift, Mohammed Aslam from the Himmat Project, bishop Tom Butler, Barbara Harbinson from the Elsie Whiteley Centre and chief superintendent Chris Harden.
First of The Minster Series debates at Halifax Minster - Culture and Diversty by professor Ted Cantle.'Panel, from the left, Council leader Tim Swift, Mohammed Aslam from the Himmat Project, bishop Tom Butler, Barbara Harbinson from the Elsie Whiteley Centre and chief superintendent Chris Harden.

After a successful first series of live public discussions, Halifax Minster will host further debates on issues affecting modern day society.

The Minster Series was kick-started last year by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, who highlighted the importance of young people’s involvement in politics and commemorated J.H Whitley - the Halifax MP who presided over the Commons in the 1920s.

The series feature a guest speaker, a local specialised contributing panel; with the opportunity for public questions.

Faith and politics will be discussed on January 22, 6.30pm - 8pm.

Crime and Punishment and General Election Husting will be discussed at later dates.

Vicar of Halifax, Hilary Barber, said in light of recent terror attacks in Paris, in which 17 people were killed by jihadist extremists, the topic is more relevant than ever.

“Faith and politics could not be more relevant at the moment. Extremist acts are a diservice to all people of faith. We must stand shoulder to shoulder with our Muslim community.

“Crime and punishment is topical and relates to public ethical debates like those around the footballing Ched Evans affair.

“We hope to attract young people to the husting debate.

“The Minster Series shows the ministry is living in the real world and is a gathering place for the whole community; coming together to discuss challenges facing society.

“We hope to see many varied faces.”

Guests will hear from guest speaker shadow minister for employment, Labour MP Stephen Timms. He will challenge the notion that faith and politics should be kept separate; arguing that faith is the foundation for politics and a source for crucial values necessary to make politics work.

Previous series included Culture and Diversity; Education; and Banking and the Economy.