Fri. 29th April …Anna Hirsch-Holland – Humane or Humanitarian – The Dilemmas of an Aid Worker.

Anna has worked in the humanitarian sector for nearly six years, starting at the British Red Cross where she was based in the UK, before moving to Turkey to join an international medical NGO that was conducting cross-border operations into Syria. She is currently working in Lebanon, where she is running the Norwegian Refugee Council’s camp management programmes. She is a graduate of Oxford University where she studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics followed by an MPhil in international relations. She does most of her philosophising in her running shoes or on her yoga mat.

Fri. 22nd April….Video on The Groupish Gene – The Origins of Morality and Religion – Jon Haidt

This is a change to the advertised programme.

There is a near universal interest in morality that has sparked thought-provoking inquiry for thousands of years. Much of that inquiry proceeded without the benefit of modern cognitive science, but that is now changing. And the change promises to shed new light on morality. Jon Haidt is a Professor in the Social Psychology area of the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He studys morality and emotion, and how they vary across cultures. He is also active in positive psychology (the scientific study of human flourishing) and the study of positive emotions such as moral elevation, admiration, and awe. Dr. Haidt’s research these days focuses on the moral foundations of politics, and on ways to transcend the “culture wars” by using recent discoveries in moral psychology to foster more civil forms of politics. Morality binds people together into teams that often seek victory, not truth. It closes hearts and minds to opponents even as it makes cooperation and decency possible within groups.

Fri 15th April…7.00pm… Social Justice – Robert Buckland MP, Bishop Lee Rayfield, and Jim Grant

Please note the early start time.
This is a Question Time with Robert Buckland MP, Bishop Lee Rayfield, and Jim Grant (Leader of Swindon Labour Group).  This event is being jointly organised by Swindon Churches Together and Flame FM and will run from 7.00pm to 8.30pm.  There is no charge for entry but you need a ticket and ticket numbers are limited.  You can obtain a ticket by emailing Vernon Griffiths at
If you have question for the panel then this can be emailed to Vernon at the email address above.