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Human Dignity – Without Meaning or Meaningful?

June 2, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

FREE but booking with eventbrite is required
  • Monday 14 June 2021, 8pm to 9pm
  • Location:Online
  • Admission:Free admission, booking required

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Since the end of World War II, human dignity has been said to be a firm foundation on which our rights and freedoms can be built. But where did the idea come from, and how is it holding up in the 21st century?

Peter Collier QC has spent a lifetime practising and judging the law, including 11 years as the Recorder of Leeds. Join him as he asks the question: Is human dignity merely a meaningless shibboleth or the ground for my meaning?

Peter’s talk is chaired by Vicky Johnson, Canon Precentor at York Minster.

This is a YouTube Premiere event. You’ll be sent a link to the screening a couple of days before it takes place, as well as a reminder an hour before. 

This event is part of our Being Human series which delves into the nature of humanity. You may also enjoy Science, Religion and Humanity: Who gets to say? on Wednesday 9 June, and Holiness and Desire: What makes us who we are? on Thursday 17 June.

About the speakers

His Honour Canon Peter Collier QC was born and brought up in the East Riding of Yorkshire. He read Law at University and became a barrister, spending nearly 40 years practising at the bar in Yorkshire before becoming a judge and seeing out 11 years as the Recorder of Leeds before retirement in 2018. Having spent a lifetime practising and judging the law he is spending some time in retirement looking at where all that law came from. A committed Christian and a Reader in the Anglican church he wants to understand how his faith relates to current issues being debated in the public square, particularly those that have a bearing on justice and rights. He also has an interest in the world of ecclesiastical law and continues to play an active role as an (Anglican) ecclesiastical judge.

The Revd Canon Dr Vicky Johnson is the Canon Precentor at York Minster, where she leads and oversees the cathedral’s liturgy and music team. Day to day she enables the planning and delivery of worship and music, supporting the work of the Director of Music and the world-renowned York Minster Choir.  She also works with partners in the City of York to explore the development of music outreach in the years ahead.


June 2, 2021
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
FREE but booking with eventbrite is required


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