For the 2018 Hook Lecture, Jonathan Bartley, Co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales came to talk about cities, the environment and hope for the future. We appreciated the way he presented the intertwining of environmental and social justice issues, and sketched an understanding of good news for people and the environment in our current context.

In addition to his work for the Green Party, Jonathan Bartley is also the founder of Ekklesia, an independent think tank looking at the role of religion in public life and appears regularly on UK radio and television programmes.

The Hook Lecture is an annual event, which aims to stimulate debate around an issue of faith in the context of the city, shaping discussion and dialogue throughout the coming year. High profile speakers launch the conversation, drawing different communities together in Leeds Minster. The event is organised jointly by LCI, Leeds Minster and Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds.