What is the meaning of true wealth?
Two millenia after the death of St Laurence, we propose a debate on the contemporary definitions of true wealth.
The format will be for each to speak in turn about their understanding of what true wealth consists and then open the panel to questions from the floor.
Polly Higgins – Lawyer for the Earth and creator of the Earth Protectors Trust Fund talks money, nature and the true meaning of commonwealth. http://pollyhiggins.com/
Lotte Lyster – Director at The Marshall Rooms, Director at Stroud Fringe Festival and Proprieter at The Prince Albert, Stroud.
Simon McBurney – Actor, director, writer and theatre maker. He is artistic director of Complicite (“Britain’s most innovative and influential theatre company” Independent) and has been elected by UNESCO to be World Theatre Ambassador for 2018. He lives in the Slad Valley with his wife and three children. And a cat called Porridge.
Simon Topping – Methodist Minister in inner-city parishes, Argentina and Stroud since 2013; founding member of Green Cross Co-op; organiser of the “Debt Marches” at the 1999 & 2005 G8 summits; author of a PhD which explored the influence of Che Guevara on revolutionary Christianity in Latin America.
further panelists tbc
The story of St Laurence: The Christian Church had been outlawed by Emporer Valerian, Pope Sixtus executed and Laurentius deacon and treasurer of the parish of Rome was summoned by the Prefect to bring in all the wealth of the church. He stalled for time and in those three days set about distributing the content of the coffers to the poor, sick and needy. Then he appeared before the Prefect with a small retinue of indigent and said ‘Here I bring you the true treasure of the church’.
Needless to say this was not well received and he was burnt alive over a griddle, apparently summoning the wit to say, ‘ You can turn me now, that side is done’. Thus becoming the patron saint of stand-up comedians. Laurence was canonised and centuries later the Parish church of Stroud consecrated in his honour.
Doors and bar open at 7pm
Questions from 7:30pm
£5 – advance tickets.
£6 – on the door.
Cash only at the bar.