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The Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lectures are given in memory of Dean Eric Symes Abbott (1906-1983), who was at various times Dean of King's College London, Warden of Lincoln Theological College, Warden of Keble College Oxford, and Dean of Westminster.

The Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Fund was endowed after his death by his friends to provide for an annual lecture on spirituality and pastoral theology.

This year's lecture will be given by Canon Dr Paula Gooder, Writer and Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral. The theme of her lecture is On storytelling and truth telling.               

Tickets are free, but are required to be booked in advance via Eventbrite.

Please note that the lecture is repeated at Keble College, Oxford, on Friday 24 May at 5.30pm - tickets are not required for the Keble College lecture.

View the text, or listen to, previous lectures.


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