Living Room Dialogues October – December 2017

Living Room Dialogues

October- December 2017
In their seventh year, Living Room Dialogues are held at 7.30pm in the Deanery each month following the 6.15pm Evening Service. They begin with a bring-and-share simple meal and finish promptly by 9.15pm. The programme includes:

lr1Sunday 8th October
Nigel Goddard, an audio engineer who previously worked on Rolls Royce jet engines, who has a scientific interest in the Turin Shroud.


lr2Sunday 19th NovemberSusan Cooper, who has been a  ‎Lay member for Diocese of London at General Synod of the Church of England and on the ‎Board of Reference for Heathrow Multi Faith Chaplaincy. She is in Bahrain with a group from Christians Aware.

lr3Sunday 10th DecemberAn evening of Advent and Christmas carols, readings and traditions from around the world. Please come with something to share from your country and enrich us all.

All are welcome!

Living Room Dialogues October to December 2016


On Sunday evenings at 7.30pm (following the 6.15pm Evening Service)

in The Deanery (on the Cathedral compound).

Bring-and-share food to begin, followed by our speaker with opportunity for questions and discussion

Mockbul AliOn Sunday 9th October we have invited the Deputy British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Mockbul Ali to speak on the subject Understanding Islamic ExtremismAs policy adviser on Islamic Issues and the Muslim World for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office he is highly qualified to do this.


Dr Vickie HudsonOur speaker on Sunday 20th November is Dr Vickie Hudson whose PhD thesis was A Study of the Civilisational Aspect of Russian Soft Power in Contemporary Ukraine, which she completed at The Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham. In early November she is speaking at a conference in Canada on the role of the Orthodox Church in the conflict in Ukraine and will be sharing her insights at our Living Room Dialogue.

Advent and Christmas evening


Sunday 11th December – a bring-and-share Advent and Christmas evening: not just food, but carols stories, poems traditions from your own country.

Bahrain-UK Friendship Concert – Thursday 10th March





















St Christopher’s Cathedral is the venue for a concert, one of a series of events celebrating 200 years of friendship between Bahrain and the United Kingdom.

The Bahraini flautist Ahmed Al Ghanem will be accompanied by Nadia Lopchynska on piano and Iryna Ulrikh on cello. The British element of the programme will include two pieces by G.F. Handel –Sonato No 2 and Largo- and the trio will play two pieces composed by Ahmed Al Ghanem: Samaee Ghanem, which was performed as a world premiere in St Christopher’s Cathedral in 2014, and Intedhar (Waiting), performed in November last year in Tromso Cathedral, Norway to great acclaim. Other pieces will be by composers as diverse as Dvorak, Faure, Massente, Gluck, Marhoon and Yamada. It promises to be a feast of music.

Tickets as usual for the Cathedral Concerts are only BD5 and accompanied children are welcome free.

Living Room Dialogues – March – June 2016

Living Room Dialogues
Sundays at 7.30pm (following the 6.15pm Service) 
in The Deanery (on the Cathedral compound)                  

Bring-and-Share Food followed by a speaker.

Sunday 13 March

Tim Woodward is Network Manager of Bahrain Public Transport, which is the new company operating bus services across the Kingdom of Bahrain in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation. He will be speaking on the theme Transforming Bahrain’s Public Transport System. Prior to coming to Bahrain Tim worked for National Express in the UK in a variety of roles, responsible for network and route planning and scheduling, handling major projects and event management, including Pope Benedict XVIs visit to Birmingham in 2010.

Sunday 8th May

Andrew Kelly is a research analyst for the Middle East Programme of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the organization that brings the Manama Dialogue to Bahrain. His most recent focus for research has been Israel/Palestine and he will be speaking on the escalation of tensions in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, the political context, the drivers of the recent violence and the implications for the peace process.


Sunday 12th June

Angie Thadani is based with the International Organization for Migration in Cairo. Her early days there were very challenging: food poisoning, robbery and a cockroach infested apartment. In Cairo, she works in a regional knowledge hub that generates research on irregular migration – to, through and from North Africa – with a view to inform policy, programming and advocacy and ensure the protection of migrants. She also acts as the secretariat of the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force that works to promote a human rights based approach to managing migration flows.. She will be reflecting on the challenges faced by Governments and refugees in this context.

Summer Activities

SummerJuly and August

are quiet months in Bahrain and many from the Cathedral and Awali Church family are away………..

But each week, to keep the community together, there will be some activity: a meal out, bowling, a movie trip., a DVD in a home, a games evening….


Please see the weekly noticesheet and sign up the list in the Cathedral porch.