Chaplaincy and Faith Support

Is there such a thing as British values? A Chaplaincy public lecture

Tuesday 3rd March 2015 (19:30-21:00)
Tickets are required for this lecture and are available in person from the University Chaplaincy in the Portland Building at University Park (two per person, presenting proof of address) or by contacting the Chaplaincy.

Email our Chaplaincy Administrator Debbie Keown or phone on 0115 951 3931. (For ticket collection there is free parking for half an hour at the Portland Building).


Is there such a thing as British values - a religious perspective

Keighton Auditorium, University Park Campus

In an increasingly global society, it is perhaps not surprising that there has arisen a debate around what constitutes specifically ‘British’ values.  Multi-cultural, multi-racial Britain offers us a rich kaleidoscope of cultural views that might shape modern British identity.  In this international University, the Chaplaincy team host this event in order to make a positive contribution to this debate from religious perspectives.

British Values Lecture Poster
Revd Canon Dr Nigel Rooms
Director of Ministry and Mission, Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
Senior Rabbi, University Jewish Chaplaincy

Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra
Assistant General Secretary Muslim Council of Britain

Revd Canon Professor Simon Oliver
Head of Theology and Religious Studies,University of Nottingham

Revd Canon Dr Nigel Rooms is an Anglican priest and practical theologian. He oversees lay and clergy development as the Director of Ministry and Mission in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and serves in a voluntary capacity in the Local Ecumenical Partnership of Bestwood Park with Rise Park. He holds a Master’s degree in theology from the University of Nottingham and a professional doctorate in missiology from the University of Birmingham. He is the author of The Faith of the English (SPCK, 2011) which explores the relationship between Christian faith and English culture. 

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
is a well-known educator, mentor and trainer and has been the spiritual leader of Golders Green Synagogue since 2003.  He is Principal of Rimon Jewish Primary School, Senior Rabbi of University Jewish Chaplaincy, Head of Modern Rabbinic Thought at the London School of Jewish Studies, faculty member at the London Montefiore Rabbinical Training School and a guest lecturer at Kings College, London.  In 2013, Rabbi Belovski appeared at the Westminster Faith Debates and in 2014, he was a fellow of the Cambridge Coexist Leadership Programme, of which he is now a faculty member.

After reading maths at University College, Oxford, Harvey Belovski trained as a rabbi at Gateshead Talmudical College. He holds a PhD in hermeneutics from Birkbeck,University of London and is currently a post-graduate student in organisational psychology at City University. He is an accredited civil and commercial mediator, a certified coach, the author of three books and regularly broadcasts live on BBC Radio 2.

Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra serves as an Imam and scholar in Leicester. He was born in Malawi into a family of Indian origin and emigrated to the UK at the age of 18 to study and settle. He has been trained in classical theology and the traditional sciences of Islam. He holds religious credentials from Daru-`Ulum, Holcombe as well as advanced theological qualifications from the world famous Al-Azhar University in Cairo. In addition, Sheikh Mogra has undertaken a postgraduate degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He is the founder and Principal of Khazinatul-`Ilm, Madaris of Arabic and Muslim Life Studies in Leicester.

He was elected as an Assistant Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain in 2008. Prior to that, he was chair of the Council’s Masjid and Community Affairs Committee as well as the Inter Faith Relations Committee, of which he is still chair. As a local community activist in Leicester and a national leader in the MCB, Sheikh Mogra has been at the forefront in deepening interfaith relations in the UK and around the world. He is chair of Religions for Peace UK, Advisory Board Member of the Three Faiths Forum, and a member of the Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace and the Christian Muslim Forum. 

Revd Canon Professor Simon Oliver grew up in Nottingham and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford and Theology at Cambridge. He is currently Head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham and Canon Theologian of Southwell Minster. Simon's research expertise lies in the area of Christian systematic theology, particularly the doctrine of creation,the historical relationship between science and theology, and the thought of Thomas Aquinas. His next book, Creation: A Guide for the Perplexed, will be published later this year.

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