Each year, the Chapel organises a number of talks as part of the ongoing series, Merton Conversations in Faith and Culture. These talks seek to foster dialogue about life's biggest issues and questions by providing an opportunity for people to engage with leading experts in a relaxed environment. At our most recent talk, in Hilary Term 2019, Dr Michael Burdett (University of Nottingham) spoke on the topic: 'Being Human in an Age of Technology: The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence'.
Other speakers have included Pádraig Ó Tuama, on poetry as prayer; Revd Dr Christina Beardsley, talking about her life as a trans woman and priest; author, theologian and human rights activist, Revd Dr Timothy Radcliffe OP, asking 'The Holiness of the Body'; Revd Professor Alistair McGrath, speaking on 'Science and Faith: Exploring a Complex Relationship'; and Dr Jonathan Jong (Oxford University Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology) on 'Is there such a thing as a good death?'.
- Videos of past talks can be found on Merton's Vimeo page.