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Examining the Table - Lent Conversations

In January 2019 Bishop Paul published his book the Table. Based on the sermon he delivered when he was installed as Bishop of Liverpool, The Table has been described as a radical new vision of the Church. He describes the church as a table, built by Jesus the carpenter and stretching down every street and into every home. It reflects much of Bishop Paul's thinking since he has been with us in our diocese.

In the book, the bishop argues that "At this table, everyone sits, eats, worships, agrees and disagrees together, as equals. The Church of England used to be in 'a spiritually dangerous place: cushioned by privilege, in the middle of our society and at the top.' Today, however, it is more often 'on the edge and underneath marginalised, not always taken seriously, sometimes mocked.' 

But that this is good news, because on the edge and underneath is where the people are. Equality and also justice are at the heart of The Table - justice that does not come without struggle, patience and quiet perseverance, as demonstrated by the Hillsborough families in Liverpool over the last three decades. Bishop Paul argues that a Church that knows justice and Jesus is a Church that can best accommodate our rich and diverse communities and embody the hopes of future generations who want to connect with the unchanging love of God in our fast-changing England.”

During Lent 2019 Bishop Paul engaged in a series of conversation on the themes of his book. Here we publish the recordings of those sessions

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  • The Table
  • Paul Bayes
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  • Lent Conversations 2019
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