Salt Live is a series of events during which Londoners from all walks of life come together and engage face-to-face on matters of faith and philosophy.
Do come along for a short talk and open discussion — it’s good fun and we’d love to hear what you have to say, whatever your perspective. Subscribe for updates on the next event, or keep an eye out on Facebook.
Reconciliation in a Divided Culture
An evening with Michael Ramsden
18 June 2019, 7.30 - 9.30 pm
Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre
We live in a deeply divided society. Our university campuses and social media feeds are increasingly full of accusations of injustice. From Germaine Greer to Peter Tatchell, Richard Dawkins to Brian Cox, no one is safe from contemporary society’s obsession with victimhood. So how can we find peace in a world where everyone feels like a victim?
At our next Salt Live event, Michael Ramsden will be exploring how to achieve true reconciliation in a world that feels increasingly angry. Michael is International Director of RZIM. He passionately engages with people of all backgrounds and cultures about questions of faith, primarily speaking in business, academic, and political settings across the globe.
30 April 2019
Christianity appears to promote an outdated and narrow-minded moral code, which limits personal autonomy and sexual expression. Is this characterisation true and does Christianity jar with progressive instincts about life?
Finding Peace in the Age of Anxiety
12 March 2019
We live in an age which has witnessed an explosion in the levels of anxiety. What’s causing this? How do we solve the anxiety epidemic? Join us for a thought-provoking evening as we seek to understand the sources of our discontent and consider whether Christianity has anything to say to this modern phenomenon.
Does religion poison everything?
22 January 2019
The writer Christopher Hitchens famously claimed that 'religion poisons everything'. For many, religion appears to be the cause of much of the world’s intolerance, division and even violence. And yet, for others, religion is a source of personal meaning and existential peace.
If God, why suffering?
27 Nov 2018
Stephen Fry famously asked: ‘Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world that is so full of injustice and pain?’ Many would agree with him. Our speaker, Dr Tanya Walker, asks how can someone believe in an all-powerful, loving God when the world is so full of suffering and loss?
Is truth dead and does it matter?
09 Oct 2018
Simon Edwards, from RZIM looks at the implications of living in a ‘post-truth’ society. Simon questions where we are heading if truth loses its value and argues that objective truth is essential for freedom both at political and personal levels.
Where is God in the age of science?
22 May 2018
Many people are asking, Has science buried God? The standard assumption in our city is that religion is merely speculation whereas science is based on hard facts. So we’re left wondering, does Christianity have anything to add in this scientific age?
Can Christianity Be Proved?
20 March 2018
Most people assume that Christianity is just blind faith, that is, an irrational belief that God exists, and that Christians are well-meaning but ultimately deluded folk. However, most Christians would claim that there is more to their belief than mere speculation and hope.
Can Love Survive the Dating Apocalypse?
6 February 2018
The world of sex and dating has changed more rapidly since the onset of the smartphone than at any point in the history of the world; hence some are calling it a dating apocalypse. How should we think about apps, sex, and love in the modern world?
More Past Events
29 November 2017: ‘Is Faith Irrational?’
In a secular age, many regard faith as an irrational leap in the dark. Religion is increasingly seen as out of place in public life, and often exiled to the private domain having no place in public debate in this scientific age. We were privileged to welcome Dr Tanya Walker from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics who addressed this subject.
18 October 2017: ‘Finding Happiness in Work’
For many across London, work has a defining place in our lives. At our third live event, we explored the questions around work and fulfilment, over wine, beer, and nibbles at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre. discovering work that excite and fulfill us. But the reality often doesn't live up to our expectations – work can be mundane, lacking in purpose or simply just exhausting.
22 March 2017: ‘Proud & Prejudiced: Is Christianity intolerant?’
The second of our Salt Live events was concerned with the question of whether the Christian faith, with its seemingly outdated moral code, leads to a narrow or bigoted point-of-view.
16 November 2016: ‘Can You Ever Be Sure About God?’
For our very first event, we explored the question of religious certainty in a pluralistic world. A short talk was followed by open discussion over drinks, nibbles, and live music at The Tommyfield pub in Kennington.