We Need to Talk About Race, Justice and the Church

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We Need to Talk About Race, Justice and the Church

The 2021 C.F.D. Moule Memorial Lecture will be given by Ben Lindsay, an activist, facilitator, pastor and author of We Need To Talk About Race – Understanding the Black Experience in White Majority Churches.

Named as one of London’s most influential people for 2018 in The Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 list, Ben Lindsay is founder of Power The Fight, a charity launched in 2019 to train and empower communities to end youth violence.

His lecture, entitled “We Need to Talk About Race, Justice and the Church”, will be held on June 9th, 2021 at Ridley Hall as part of its annual alumni gathering.

In welcoming the news, the Revd Dr Michael Volland, the college Principal, said, “Ridley Hall is committed to following in the way of justice and peace modelled by Jesus Christ. The community – staff, students and alumni – long to be part of positive change in the area of racial justice, and we recognise our need to listen, reflect, learn and take action together. That action must be wise and informed. It is into this desire to be part of kingdom-shaped change that Ben Lindsay will speak. We are delighted to have Ben come and deliver our 2021 Moule Lecture and look forward to listening to and acting on what he shares with us.”

"The community long to be part of positive change in the area of racial justice ... It is into this desire to be part of kingdom-shaped change that Ben Lindsay will speak." Michael Volland, Principal of Ridley

More about Moule Day 2021

The annual lecture is part of our open day for Ridley alumni and supporters – affectionately known as “Moule Day” after the late much-loved C.F.D. “Charlie” Moule, former Vice-Principal of Ridley Hall. As well as hearing Ben's lecture, you'll have the opportunity to browse for bargains on our theology book stall, find out more about our future plans at Ridley, catch up with old friends and colleagues, and explore a variety of exhibitions including works of art by our talented ordinands and lay students currently studying at the college.

“We're delighted that Ben has accepted our invitation to deliver the C F D Moule Memorial lecture in 2021,” said Andrew Chamberlain, Development Manager at Ridley Hall. “I believe that his words will be a timely challenge and a blessing to all of us: alumni, friends and members of the Ridley community, and I encourage all those with an interest in the college and this important topic for the church to join us on 9th June next year.”

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More about Ben Lindsay

Ben is founder of Power The Fight, a new charity which launched in 2019 to train and empower communities to end youth violence.

One of The Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 London’s most influential people for 2018, Ben is an experienced trainer and facilitator with more than 17 years spent working with high risk young people in the field of gangs and serious youth violence.

Ben began his career developing programmes in some of the most challenging estates in London (Brixton, Clapham and Lewisham). In 2003 he became a learning mentor at a primary school in the borough of Lewisham, South East London before joining the Lewisham Youth Offending Service, where he worked in a number of roles, including leading the early intervention team.

While at Lewisham, Ben developed several successful programmes including the ground-breaking knife crime prevention programme Double Edge for offenders of knife crime, which was featured in the ‘Gang and Group Offenders – A Practitioner’s Handbook of Ideas & Interventions’ published by the London Criminal Justice Board.

In 2010 Ben developed the gangs and serious youth violence strategy for Camden Council and then went on to work for the mental health charity MAC-UK leading their mini mac project.

Ben was Chair of the Greenwich Independent Advisory Group until 2016. Between 2016 and 2020, Ben was lead pastor at Emmanuel New Cross in South East London. He currently sits on the Mayor of London Sadiq Kahn’s Violence Reduction Unit reference group and on the cross party Youth Violence Commission.

His first book, We Need To Talk About Race – Understanding the Black Experience in White Majority Churches was released in 2019 by SPCK Publishing.

Listen now

Ben was recently interviewed on the Magnify Podcast on the tension between race and faith: