As a hospice team journeying daily alongside both those approaching the end of their lives and those who are dear to them, we regularly meet those moments where we say ‘there are no words’, because anything that might be said simply feels either inadequate or intrusive, or both.

Such moments are not exclusive to palliative care, indeed they are potentially being lived out wherever human love touches human love and wherever human vulnerability opens itself to the suffering of another.

In this series of lectures, St. Margaret’s is proud to be welcoming three national speakers whose personal and professional experience eminently qualifies them to speak about what ‘Beyond Words’ means to them in their own walk of life.

Opening the series on Wednesday 2 May will be the Rev’d Professor Frances Young, Emeritus Professor of Theology at Birmingham University. As an academic theologian she has written extensively and as a mother she is the author of ‘Arthur’s Call:  A Journey of Faith in the Face of Severe Learning Disability’, telling the story of her son for whom she cared for 45 years.

On Wednesday 6 June the speaker is renowned palliative medicine consultant Professor Max Watson, director of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) at Hospice UK.

The series concludes on Friday 6 July with a lecture by the Rev’d Canon Mark Oakley, Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Canon Oakley is the author of several books including ‘The Splash of Words’ and ‘The Collage of God’. He is a trustee of the Civil Liberties Trust, ambassador for Stop Hate UK and a patron of Tell MAMA, supporting victims of anti-Muslim hate.

All three lectures will be held at St. Margaret’s Hospice in Heron Drive, Bishops Hull, Taunton. Drinks and canapés will be served from 6.30pm, with the lectures starting at 7.15pm. Tickets are £10 towards the cost of the evening.

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