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Events for October

Autumn moves us from outdoor festivals to indoor lectures. One of the most interesting programmes we've found is Radical Compassion: The Gospel and Social Justice at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.
The series seeks to examine the radical implications of Christ's life and transforming compassion in relation to issues of social justice.
The lectures take place  from 7.00pm - 8.30pm. They are free and no booking is required. There will be a retiring collection to cover some of the costs of the programme.
The first lecture will be given by Nicholas Sagovsky: on Monday September 19. His experiences in advocacy and justice for refugees and asylum seekers as a member of both the Independent Asylum Commission and the Churches Refugee Network provide the basis for his discussion of the Gospel. October 3 sees Clare Herbert - an 'out' lesbian priest and active campaigner on behalf of gay and lesbian Christians - explore the ways she has come to terms with needing to express both protest and compassion. On October 17, Neil MacGregor:, the director of the British Museum will use images to help attendees to 'enter more profoundly into our understanding of the radical compassion of Christ captured in some of our greatest art treasures', while asking the question: Can these works of art speak to our present and deepen our own compassion and humanity?
The series continues over the next few months, with visits from:  the poet and theologian Nicola Slee; Terry Eagleton, widely regarded as Britain's most influential literary theorist,; and Robert Beckford, one of the most prolific black documentary presenters in Britain. For more details visit the website.

Those of you who missed the Methodist Church Collection of Modern and Contemporary Christian Art at Greenbelt will have a further chance to catch it at Chislehurst this month. The collection has been described as 'the best denominational collection of modern art outside the Vatican'. and includes artists such as Norman Adams, Elizabeth Frink, Patrick Heron, Georges Rouault, Ceri Richards (left)  and Graham Sutherland.
Chislehurst Methodist church will host a selection of 30 images until October 29. Admission is free, but there are a range of connected events for all the family, for which an entry of £5 will be charged. For all the details visit the website.