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Freedom & Tolerance Forum, Retford
Saturday, 07 March 2020, 10.00am -  1.00pm
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Location

The Well Retford Baptist Church
Hospital Road,
RETFORD
DN22 7BD

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Rick Brand

Freedom & Tolerance Forum, Retford

The Well Baptist Church, Retford
Saturday 7th March 2020
An event open to all - Everyone welcome!

The first Retford Religious Tolerance Forum was held in 2016 to commemorate the death, in 1616, of Thomas Helwys, the first Baptist martyr, and co-founder, and original advocate of religious tolerance between Christians, Jews, Muslims, and those with no faith.

Thomas Helwys was born in Gainsborough, but his family moved to Broxtowe Hall in Bilborough parish, which later became a centre for radical dissenting activism.

This event has been renamed “Freedom & Tolerance” to broaden the scope and better reflect issues of today. This will be the fifth annual Tolerance Forum to be held in Retford. It provides a unique opportunity for the subject to be discussed in an open forum.

Freedom and Tolerance is as important today as it was 400 years ago – in the anniversary year of the Mayflower Pilgrims, let’s see what history can teach us about journeys, rebellion, and things we take for granted.

Speakers include:

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LORD BEITH

Member of the House of Lords Constitution Committee and the Lord Speaker’s Committee on the size of the House. MP for Berwick upon Tweed, 1973-2015

Subject: Methodist Heritage and its significance today.

Lord Beith will refer to the heritage of one of the three elements that make up the Methodist church, the United Methodists, who were the most independent-minded and authority-challenging of Methodists, relating this to the significance of religious freedom and toleration.

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PROFESSOR ELIZABETH TINGLE

Professor of Early Modern European History at De Montfort University, Leicester. Previously she taught at Plymouth University and the University of Northampton.

Subject: Irish Catholic Refugees in Europe in the early 1600s

Professor Tingle specialises in the history of the French Wars of Religion and in the European Catholic/Counter Reformations. She has just completed a project on long-distance pilgrimage in north-west Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Professor Tingle is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Royal Archaeological Institute and an officer of the Ecclesiastical History Society of Great Britain.

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REVEREND DR STUART JENNINGS

Certificate coordinator for Historical studies at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Warwick, where he had also served across the university as a chaplain from 2006-2017.

Specialist in Nottinghamshire history, Warwick University

Subject: Faith and Fighting in Nottinghamshire during the Civil War

Revd Dr Jennings received his doctorate from Nottingham Trent University for his work on Puritanism and Protestant Nonconformity in Nottinghamshire, 1600-1700. His book on Newark in the Civil War won the Aland Ball national prize for Local history and he is also the author of 2 books, 17 academic articles and a chapter in three collaborative volumes.

He continues to serve as an academic advisor to the National Civil War centre at Newark

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MR JOHN PONTIFLEX

Head of Press & Information for Aid to the Church in Need (UK).

Subject: Has Religious Freedom become an Orphaned Right?

In his 17 years with the Catholic charity for persecuted and other suffering Christians, John has travelled widely in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He has investigated human rights violations relating to Christians and                        other faith minorities. He has visited locations where persecution has taken place, interviewing survivors and Church leaders.

John has acted as Editor-in-Chief of ACN’s Religious Freedom in the World, (latest report launched in the House of Lords in November 2018). The report examines the degree to which religious freedom is upheld in 196                                                countries around the globe. John is a regular media contributor, internationally, on the topic of persecuted Christians.

 

Previous speakers have included Baroness Elizabeth Berridge (International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief), John Mann MP, Prof. John Coffey (University of Leicester), Rev Tony Peck (General Secretary of the European Baptist Federation), Imam Bakhtyar Pirzada (Eaton Hall), Dr David Appleby (University of Nottingham), Mr Phil Lyons (CEO National Holocaust Centre) Prof. Larry Kreitzer (Oxford University), Dr Martin Parsons (Barnabas Fund), and Dr Calum Miller (Oxford University).

 

Bassetlaw Christian Heritage (BCH)

Bassetlaw Christian Heritage focuses on the people and their stories based on faith heritage, with their roots established in and around Bassetlaw, North Nottinghamshire.

The region BCH cover is centred on Retford, with a radius of around 30 miles, including parts of Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire.

BCH and its members are keen to work collaboratively with groups and individuals, and if anyone would like to help them in any way, they can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Website at: www.bassetlawchristianheritage.com

 

 

 

 

Freedom & Tolerance Forum, Retford

The Well Baptist Church, Retford
Saturday 7th March 2020
An event open to all - Everyone welcome!

The first Retford Religious Tolerance Forum was held in 2016 to commemorate the death, in 1616, of Thomas Helwys, the first Baptist martyr, and co-founder, and original advocate of religious tolerance between Christians, Jews, Muslims, and those with no faith.

Thomas Helwys was born in Gainsborough, but his family moved to Broxtowe Hall in Bilborough parish, which later became a centre for radical dissenting activism.

This event has been renamed “Freedom & Tolerance” to broaden the scope and better reflect issues of today. This will be the fifth annual Tolerance Forum to be held in Retford. It provides a unique opportunity for the subject to be discussed in an open forum.

Freedom and Tolerance is as important today as it was 400 years ago – in the anniversary year of the Mayflower Pilgrims, let’s see what history can teach us about journeys, rebellion, and things we take for granted.

Speakers include:

the lord beith official portrait 100 

 

 

 

LORD BEITH

Member of the House of Lords Constitution Committee and the Lord Speaker’s Committee on the size of the House. MP for Berwick upon Tweed, 1973-2015

Subject: Methodist Heritage and its significance today.

Lord Beith will refer to the heritage of one of the three elements that make up the Methodist church, the United Methodists, who were the most independent-minded and authority-challenging of Methodists, relating this to the significance of religious freedom and toleration.

        Professor ElizabethTingle De Montfort University photo 100         

                 

 

 

 

PROFESSOR ELIZABETH TINGLE

Professor of Early Modern European History at De Montfort University, Leicester. Previously she taught at Plymouth University and the University of Northampton.

Subject: Irish Catholic Refugees in Europe in the early 1600s

Professor Tingle specialises in the history of the French Wars of Religion and in the European Catholic/Counter Reformations. She has just completed a project on long-distance pilgrimage in north-west Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Professor Tingle is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Royal Archaeological Institute and an officer of the Ecclesiastical History Society of Great Britain.

              dr stuart jennings photo3 100 

 

 

 

 

REVEREND DR STUART JENNINGS

Certificate coordinator for Historical studies at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Warwick, where he had also served across the university as a chaplain from 2006-2017.

Specialist in Nottinghamshire history, Warwick University

Subject: Faith and Fighting in Nottinghamshire during the Civil War

Revd Dr Jennings received his doctorate from Nottingham Trent University for his work on Puritanism and Protestant Nonconformity in Nottinghamshire, 1600-1700. His book on Newark in the Civil War won the Aland Ball national prize for Local history and he is also the author of 2 books, 17 academic articles and a chapter in three collaborative volumes.

He continues to serve as an academic advisor to the National Civil War centre at Newark

            john pontiflex ACN photo 301219   

 

 

 

MR JOHN PONTIFLEX

Head of Press & Information for Aid to the Church in Need (UK).

Subject: Has Religious Freedom become an Orphaned Right?

In his 17 years with the Catholic charity for persecuted and other suffering Christians, John has travelled widely in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He has investigated human rights violations relating to Christians and                        other faith minorities. He has visited locations where persecution has taken place, interviewing survivors and Church leaders.

John has acted as Editor-in-Chief of ACN’s Religious Freedom in the World, (latest report launched in the House of Lords in November 2018). The report examines the degree to which religious freedom is upheld in 196                                                countries around the globe. John is a regular media contributor, internationally, on the topic of persecuted Christians.

 

Previous speakers have included Baroness Elizabeth Berridge (International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief), John Mann MP, Prof. John Coffey (University of Leicester), Rev Tony Peck (General Secretary of the European Baptist Federation), Imam Bakhtyar Pirzada (Eaton Hall), Dr David Appleby (University of Nottingham), Mr Phil Lyons (CEO National Holocaust Centre) Prof. Larry Kreitzer (Oxford University), Dr Martin Parsons (Barnabas Fund), and Dr Calum Miller (Oxford University).

 

Bassetlaw Christian Heritage (BCH)

Bassetlaw Christian Heritage focuses on the people and their stories based on faith heritage, with their roots established in and around Bassetlaw, North Nottinghamshire.

The region BCH cover is centred on Retford, with a radius of around 30 miles, including parts of Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire.

BCH and its members are keen to work collaboratively with groups and individuals, and if anyone would like to help them in any way, they can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Website at: www.bassetlawchristianheritage.com

 

 

 

 


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Location

The Well Retford Baptist Church
Hospital Road,
RETFORD
DN22 7BD




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