Public invited to topical debate during Archbishop of Canterbury visit

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will discuss ‘Making a Difference’ in a topical debate on the first day of his three day Pastoral Visit to the Diocese of Derby.

Joining the Archbishop at Pride Park Stadium on Friday September 23 at 7.30pm will be Lord Hattersley, a former Labour Government Minister, Ms Dianne Jeffrey, Chair of Age UK, and Mr Colin Walton, Chair of Bombardier England and Ireland.

Each will present to the audience how society is affected by their particular specialism - faith, politics, the voluntary sector and business - and then answer questions.

The event will be a rare opportunity for Derbyshire to engage with the Archbishop and the panellists and even challenge their opinions.

The Bishop of Derby, Dr Alastair Redfern, said: “I am looking forward to the ‘Making a Difference’ debate and would like to encourage everyone to apply for tickets. The evening will be interesting and hopefully provide a lively, controversial debate.”

The debate is open to the general public but tickets are obviously limited to the capacity of the room.

To apply for a ticket visit www.derby.anglican.org/index.php/home/archbishop-of-canterbury-visit and fill out the application form.

The deadline for ticket applications is 15 September and applicants will be informed by 19 September if they have been successful. There is the opportunity to submit a question on the form for the Q&A session.

The debate can be followed live on Twitter www.twitter.com/dioceseofderby .