The Bishop of Durham The Right Revd Paul Butler will be taking part in a series of chat shows with a difference later this month to help bring the good news to life for people and confront some tough social issues.

Bishop Paul and Footprints Theatre Company will stage a series of mini ‘soap’ dramas at Sunderland Minster, taking a different theme on each of five days. The evening events will also include an invited guest with special interest in the events subject matter.

The events, called The Gap, will explore Food, Image, Money, Life & Death, Relationships and each one will see Bishop Paul and guests taking part as they debate some of the key issues facing the church and the wider society.

Bishop Paul said: “The Gap is great fun. A live ‘soap’ with laughs; music and a chance for anyone to put their own question to me and my guests. Exploring some big questions in a topical and contemporary way allows people to understand and immerse themselves in the good news in a way that brings it to life. I’m really looking forward to it.”

The events will include music and the chance to put questions to the bishop and his guest.

The events are:

  • Food – January 27 (Guest – Margaret Vaughan – former CEO Traidcraft)
  • Image – January 28 (Guest – Martin & Mel Stand – Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry)
  • Money –  January 29 (Guest – Lesley Richardson – CEO Prince Bishops Community Bank)
  • Life & Death – January 30 (Guest – Ruth Plummer – Oncologist to Sir Bobby Robson)
  • Relationships – January 31 (Guest – Matt Wilson – Social Activist)

The events are free and open to all.  Lunchtime events last half an hour starting at 12.15pm – sandwiches available. Evening events are longer, starting at 7.00pm, refreshments available.

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