Theology talk is hot ticket

Tickets to hear one of the world’s most distinguished religious figures speak in Edinburgh are now available to book.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Williams of Oystermouth will deliver six talks as part of his University of Edinburgh Gifford Lecture series this November.

Outstanding thinker

His Gifford Lectures will explore the links between nature, religion and the language habits our society has developed.

Lord Williams is acknowledged internationally as an outstanding thinker. He spent ten years as the Archbishop of Canterbury - the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England -stepping down earlier this year to be a peer in the House of Lords.

Tickets are free of charge but booking is essential. Previous Gifford Lectures have sold out and the organisers are expecting Lord Williams’ talks to book-up in record time.

Impressive venue

The Gifford Lectures have been growing in popularity over the years and 2013 has had one of the best responses yet. We are delighted Lord Williams is to deliver these lectures and would encourage anyone who would like to hear him speak to reserve tickets soon.

Lynn HyamsGifford Lecture event coordinator

Memorial lecture

A special Gifford Lecture has also been arranged in memory of Professor Susan Manning, an Edinburgh academic who died earlier this year.

Professor Manning was the Grierson Professor of English Literature, a member of the Gifford Lectureship Committee and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh.

This one-off lecture will see Baroness Onora O’Neill deliver a talk on 28 October in the Playfair Library.

Baroness O’Neill - an esteemed thinker on ethics and political philosophy - will talk about the ways in which we judge truth and trustworthiness through communication.

Esteemed lectureship

The Gifford Lectures have been delivered annually since 1888 by a succession of distinguished international scholars and are open to all to enjoy.

Lord Williams of Oystermouth: Making representations: religious faith and the habits of language

Monday 4 November 2013, 6.30pm

Thursday 14 November 2013, 7.30pm

Assembly Hall, The Mound

Baroness O’Neill: From Toleration to Freedom of Expression

Monday 28 October 2013, 6.30pm

Monday 28 October 2013, 7.30pm

Playfair Library, Old College, Edinburgh


Tickets are free of charge and available to book here.

Gifford lecture tickets details

The University of Edinburgh Gifford Lecture series discussion

Bishop Brian Smith will chair a discussion of the Gifford Lecture series "Making representations: religious faith and the habits of language" given by Rowan Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermouth.

Thursday 14 November 2013, 8.15pm

Thursday 14 November 2013, 9.30pm

Auditorium, University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy

For further information and to book tickets

Related Links

Gifford Lectures - an overview

Past Gifford Lectures - video and audio

College of Humanities and Social Science