Symposium: Dignity and Hostility

Symposium: Dignity and Hostility

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Westminster Abbey Institute brings together a panel of speakers for a lunchtime symposium on Dignity and Hostility.

Speakers: Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil and Tim Livesey, Chief Executive, Embrace the Middle East
Chair: The Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian, Westminster Abbey

About the speakers

Archbishop Bashar Warda

Archbishop Bashar Warda is Archbishop of Erbil. He is well known for his wide-ranging support for Christian refugees in Iraq and for promoting inter-religious dialogue and environmental protection in the region. Ordained a priest in 1993, he joined the Redemptorist order of Flanders in Belgium two years later. After receiving his MA at the Catholic University of Louvain in 1999 he returned to Iraq. In 2009 the Synod of Bishops of the Chaldean Catholic Church elected him for service as a bishop. Bishop Warda was consecrated in July 2010.

Tim Livesey

Tim Livesey is Chief Executive of Embrace the Middle East, a medium-sized UK charity which works with 50 civil society and church affiliated partners helping to sustain Christian social witness in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Israel and Iraq, including the Chaldean diocese in Erbil.  Embrace’s partners seek to transform the lives and livelihoods of marginalised and excluded communities and people. Previously Tim worked in politics, government – predominantly the Foreign Office and also Downing St – and as an adviser to both the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.  

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Institute's autumn programme

This event is part of Dignity and Public Service, Westminster Abbey Institute's 2023 autumn programme.