Sixth Form Aid to the Church in Need Conference — St Michael's Catholic College

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The Year 13 Philosophy and Ethics group represented the college at the First Sixth Form Aid to the Church in Need Conference. At this conference they listened to two inspirational speakers who were:

Sr Luma is a biblical instructor at Babel College for Philosophy and Theology in Erbil, Iraq and a summer instructor at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Sr Luma has first-hand experience of Christian persecution having been forced to flee Qaraqosh on Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, when Daesh (ISIS) seized the Christian majority town in the summer of 2014. After more than two years living as an internal refugee, she returned with her community to Qaraqosh. The Sisters have provided education, including catechesis, opening kindergartens and a school.

Fr Andrew Pinsent, a Catholic priest and former particle physicist now working at Oxford University. He was former

ly a high energy physicist on the DELPHI experiment at the LEP particle accelerator at CERN, has degree in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a second doctorate, in philosophy. He is the author of The Second-Person Perspective in Aquinas’s Ethics: Virtues and Gifts (Routledge, 2012) and a variety of publications on virtue ethics, neurotheology, science and religion, the philosophy of the person, divine action, and the nature of evil.

Our MC for the day will be Brenden Thompson, a Catholic Voices Co-ordinator. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio programmes and leads the Catholic Voices Reframe speakers training programme. Brenden also the founder of the charity Signs of Life.

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