What is Westminster Voices?
'Westminster Voices' welcomes speakers on a variety of topics into Westminster Synagogue as part of a Friday evening service. The 'Voice' will speak after the service whilst members enjoy a plentiful Kiddush!
Who is our Voice?
Most of us know Philippa from everything she's done for the synagogue through the years. You may not know however that she was one of the first students to take an Honours Degree at the Open University, and for some time lectured on British history for the Extra-Mural Department of the University of London. For many years, she and her husband had an antiquarian bookshop in Chelsea and after he died she began writing books instead of selling them, among them books about Westminster Synagogue and the Czech Scrolls. Her new book, Mithras to Mormon – A Religious History of London, has just been released and is already up for the People's Book Price.
What will she be talking about?
When the Romans settled in Britain in 43 CE they could hardly have imagined that the small settlement of Londinium would eventually become one of the biggest cities in the world. Its people worshipped then in small buildings like the Mithraeum, but over the next two thousand years cathedrals, synagogues, churches, mosques and temples changed the city skyline. Destroyed many times, London has always rebuilt itself, stronger than ever.
Gradually new forms of worship from beyond these islands came to influence the capital city, bringing with them other faiths, with their own prayers, scriptures and music, leaving their mark on the city. Now we can tell the history of London’s faiths and beliefs, and try to understand other Gods and the ways in which belief and prayer can differ.
Should I book in?
Yes! Let us know you're coming so that we can make sure we have can cater accordingly.
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