Populism and the Far Right

Start Date
1st February 2020 10:00 am
End Date
1st February 2020 4:00 pm


Course Details

We are told populism is on the rise? What does this mean for us and our communities? What can we do to challenge messages of hate and division? Our three speakers will look at what populism is and how populism and the far right is affecting our politics and our communities. There will be opportunity to ask questions, learn from other participants and explore what we can do individually and together.


Al Barrett is Rector of Hodge Hill (a Local Ecumenical Partnership with the URC), and lives on the multicultural Firs & Bromford estate in east Birmingham. He is project manager of TogetherWeCan! – a 6-year intergenerational community-building project in his local neighbourhood. In 2017 he completed a PhD, developing a ‘radically receptive political theology in the urban margins’. He is coordinator of the Church of England’s national Estates Theology project, and is in the process of writing and editing 3 books, including Being Interrupted: Re-imagining the Church’s Mission from the Outside, In (SCM Press, forthcoming).

Professor Anthony G. Reddie is an Extraordinary Professor of Theological Ethics and a Research Fellow at the University of South Africa, and a is Fellow of Wesley House, in Cambridge. He is the forthcoming Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture and a Fellow of Regent’s Park College, in the University of Oxford. He has a BA in History and a Ph.D. in Education (with theology) both degrees conferred by the University of Birmingham. He has written over 70 essays and articles on Christian Education and Black Theology. He is the author and editor of 18 books. His latest book is entitled Theologizing Brexit: A Liberationist and Postcolonial Critique (Routledge, 2019). This book is the first intercultural and postcolonial theological exploration of the Brexit phenomenon. His previous book was Journeying to Justice (Paternoster Press, 2017) (co-edited with Wale Hudson Roberts and Gale Richards). He is also a trustee of the ‘British and Irish Association for Practical

Molly Scott Cato is an economist and Green MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar. She is Green Party spokesperson on Brexit and finance.  She studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University and later gained a doctorate in economics from Aberystwyth. Molly joined the Green Party in 1988 and has worked for the party at all levels, including a year spent as job-share campaigns director on the party’s national executive and several years spent as co-chair of its regional council. For the past 15 years Molly has spoken for the Green Party on economics and finance. Molly is a Quaker and gave the 2017 Salter Lecture at Britain Yearly Meeting Gathering on ‘Conscience in the political life’.


Draft timetable (maybe subject to change):

10.00     Arrivals, tea & coffee
10.30     Welcome & introduction
10.45     Speakers
12.00     Lunch
13.00     Question & answer with speakers
14.00     Group work:
How do you experience populism and the extreme right in your own life?
What actions can we take to address populism and the extreme right?
14.45     Break
15.15     Speakers closing thoughts and plenary


Please note this is a day event but accommodation can be booked separately through Woodbrooke.

Molly Scott Cato, Professor Anthony Reddie and Al Barrett

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