The Beckly lectures
The Beckly Social Services Lecture takes place every year, as
one of the fringe events at the Methodist Conference.
John Henry Beckly, a lay Wesleyan Methodist, founded the trust
which is responsible for the lectures in 1926.
According to the original charter of the Beckly Trust "the
function of the Lectureship shall be to set forth the social
implications of Christianity and to further the development of a
Christian sociology and the expressions of the Christian attitude
in reference to social, industrial, economic and international
2016 - Shami Chakrabati, Former Director of
On Liberty: Conscience and
2015 - Andrew Caplen, President of the Law
Magna Carta, the rule of law and access to justice
in an age of austerity: a concern for the Church?
2014 - Philip Graf CBE
Gambling: Sin, Vice or Legitimate Leisure
2013 - MPs Sarah Teather, John
Challenges and Choices: do we have faith in the future of
2012 - Richard Murphy
Courage to Pay: tax, faith, honesty and
2011 - Nick Spencer, Research Director, Theos -
the public theology think tank
the Bible ever done for us? History, Politics and the English
2010 - Dame Anne Owers, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of
Other Side of the Wall: what do we need to learn?
2009 - Chris Moorhouse
I cast the first stone? A Christian reflection on the
2008 - Rt Hon Hilary Armstrong MP
Building the New
Jersusalem - a still unfinished task?
2007 - Malcolm Rae OBE FCRN
Mental Health - A matter of concern, hope and
2006 - Elish Angiolini (Joint Lecture with the Scottish
Churches' Parliamentary Office)
Religion - Converging or parallel paths?
2005 - Rt Hon the Lord Archer of Sandwell QC
John Wesley's Parish - Politics and theology in a
2004 - Ann Morisy
and at risk of being overwhelmed - a new strategy for
2003 - Alan Bookbinder
Public Space - religion, the BBC and beyond
2002 - Professor A F Markham
The Ethics of Gene Therapy
2001 - Professor Philip Dale
GM Crops - Motivations and Challenges
2000 - Martin Bell MP
The New World Disorder - the political reflections of a war zone
An older list of lecturers is