Summer Forums 2019


What makes a good city? Series 3. 

 Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:7 

We are continuing looking at the issues where faith and civic or public life overlap. 

We start with an exploration of the balance between personal charity and state welfare, continue to look at the interface between welfare and crime and then look at the ethics of poverty and welfare. 

As usual our speaker’s theme after their address will be considered by a respondent, and then open discussion. 

Wednesday, 22 May: Qari Mohammed Siddique, Islamic scholar, University of Sheffield Chaplain and ex-city councillor on ‘The Islamic tradition of Charity and welfare’.  The respondent is to be confirmed.  

Wednesday, 19 June:  Greg Fell, Director of Public Health Sheffield speaks on ‘Public Health, welfare and crime: getting the balance right.’ This talk will look at the major issues in public health facing our city, and the initiative in Glasgow that has addressed knife crime as a public health matter. The respondent is to be confirmed.  

Wednesday, 17 July: Simon Duffy, Director of the Centre for Welfare will talk on his provocative title ‘Are we ready to send poverty to hell?  He has long been concerned about the increasing inequities of the Welfare system in this country. The respondent will be Rev Henry Ohakah, Methodist Minister in Woodseats . 

The Forums meet from 12 noon to 1.30 pm on monthly  Wednesdays in UTU’s library area in the basement of Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Sheffield  (entrance in Chapel Walk).  Bring your own packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be available. People of Christian faith, other faiths or none are all welcome. These Forum sessions are open to all and free of charge. 

 Enquiries should be addressed to UTU0114 270 9907 



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