The First in our Sixth Form Lecture Series
05 Oct 2020
Last Wednesday Old Gregorian John Pontifex (U93) provided an impactful and inspiring talk to the Sixth Form in the first of this academic year’s Sixth Form Lecture Series, entitled ‘The Bells That Nobody Can Silence: The Genocide of Christians Today’.
John is Head of Press and Information at Aid to the Church in Need and the 2019 Old Gregorian Medallist. He shared his personal experience of working alongside members of the suffering church who live in countries – including Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Eritrea, Pakistan and China – where persecution of Christians is often widespread and severe. Many Christians across the globe face stark choices between survival and compliance with their society’s religious expectations. Some may choose to give up their Christian faith, but many decide to remain committed despite the potential massive costs of doing so.
Despite being socially distanced in the School’s Fleischner Theatre, the powerful effect of the talk on the Sixth Form was evident and resulted in a very enthusiastic Q&A session.
John closed with a reminder for us all to get involved with #RedWednesday on 25th November, showing our support for faith and freedom across the world.
The Sixth Form Lecture Series in one of over 100 co-curricular opportunities at Downside. The Series aims to provide Sixth Formers with a wide range of interesting topics to consider, from politics and mental health awareness to slavery and astrobiology.