The Beckly Social Services Lecture takes place every year, as one of the fringe events at the Methodist Conference.
John Henry Beckly, a lay Wesleyan Methodist, founded the trust which is responsible for the lectures in 1926.
According to the original charter of the Beckly Trust, ‘the function of the Lectureship shall be to set forth the social implications of Christianity and to further the development of a Christian sociology and the expressions of the Christian attitude in reference to social, industrial, economic and international subjects.’
2022 – Britain: Global Power or Good Neighbour? – Rt Hon Lord Paul Boateng
2021 – Faith and Leadership in a Global Pandemic – Prof Jason Leitch CBE
2020 – Peace, Pandemics and Plastic Bottles: Prioritising the Future – Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal OBE
2019 – Politics and Faith in the US: Pursuing justice in divided times – Revd Dr Susan Henry-Crowe
2018 – Social mobility: a task for all of us – Rt Hon Baroness Gillian Shephard
You can find out more on the history of the lectures on the Methodist Church website.