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Gladstone’s Library

When was the last time you thought going to church was dangerous? Once we challenged the status quo; now we mostly defend it. At Gladstone's Library in March, Robin Meyers tells the story of how we forgot where we came from and why we must recover our subversive roots.

Gladstone's Library is a residential library and meeting place which is dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals and groups - particularly those who are looking to explore pressing questions and to pursue study and research in an age of distraction and easy solutions. The library was founded William Gladstone, the great Victorian statesman and today it offers its guests the possibility of individual reflection, as well as social interaction. With an evolving programme of courses and events the priority is to build and nurture a wide network of writers and thinkers in order to maintain Gladstone's legacy of engagement with social, moral and spiritual questions, helping people reflect more deeply on issues and ideas that concern them.

This event, The Community of Resistance, costs £168-188 residential (£98 non-residential) and takes place on Thursday 20 - Saturday 22 March. Robin Meyers, who is an ordained minister in the Philosophy department at Oklahoma City University, will be encouraging attendees to resist the idea that faith can be personally redemptive without also being socially responsible.

On the following day (Sunday March 23) you can hear Zia Chaudhry's talk Just an Average Muslim. In this one-day workshop Chaudhry, a barrister and active commentator within the inter-faith dialogue networks, offers listeners the chance to improve their awareness of modern day Britain. Tickets for this cost £29, to include morning tea or coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.

Lots more happens at the library, which has a comprehensive website at http://www.gladstoneslibrary. org. It can be reached by telephone at 01244 532350 or by email at enquiries@