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Annual lecture looks at the impact of film

Films and Faith – Friends or Foes? is the title of the annual public lecture of Christians in Library and Information Services.

The guest speaker at the event (14 October, 2.30-4pm, Dagnall Street Baptist Church, St Albans) will be the Rev Simon Carver, who will consider how film borrows from the Christian story; how film helps us understand while at the same time subverting the Christian story; and how film tells the Christian story.

Simon has been a regular broadcaster on faith and contemporary culture on BBC Radio Oxford and Three Counties Radio. He currently reviews films for Premier Christian Radio and on Radio Verulam, a local community radio station.
Simon has written on films and faith for the Bible Society, Christianity magazine and contributed a chapter on the Terminator films in Flickering Images (Smyth & Helwys, 2005).

Simon read for a science degree at Aston University and then worked in industry for 12 years before reading Theology at Oxford University and training for the Baptist ministry at Regent’s Park College. Since 1994 he has been pastor of two churches – New Road Baptist Church, Oxford, and now Dagnall Street Baptist Church, St. Albans. Simon is married to Catriona and they have three adult children and two grandchildren.

This year’s lecture marks the 40h anniversary of the series of annual public lectures organised by the Librarians’ Christian Fellowship and Christians in Library and Information Services, and it has been arranged as the CLIS contribution to Libraries Week (9-14 October 2017). 

Although the lecture has been organised by librarians it will also be of great interest to film fans and those interested in communications and the  media. Attendance is not restricted to librarians and the organisers are looking forward to welcoming a wider audience. Admission is free and there is no need to book in advance.    

Further details of the lecture, and the wider work of Christians in Library and Information Services, can be obtained from The Secretary, Graham Hedges, 34 Thurlestone Avenue, Ilford, Essex, IG3 9DU (020 8599 1310 / 074654 429996 or email

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