The Archbishop Blanch Memorial Lecture Charity was founded as a tribute to Stuart Blanch, beloved former Bishop of Liverpool and Archbishop of York.
Stuart became Bishop of Liverpool in 1966 and quickly captured the hearts and minds of clergy and laity in the diocese and is still fondly remembered. Nine years later he left us, on his appointment as Archbishop of York. He retired in 1983 and died in 1994. There were well-attended Memorial Services in both York and Liverpool. After some months, thought was being given to a suitable more lasting memorial. Thus was born the annual lecture which bears his name.
The first trustees were all clergy who had served in Liverpool when Stuart Blanch was our Bishop, and who wanted his legacy to be like the man – offering clear exposition of both the Old and New Testaments, and relating the text of Scripture to current issues.
The 2014 Lecture was delivered by The Very Revd Dr Pete Wilcox, Dean of Liverpool and was entitled 'The Book of Life: the Bible as a means of grace'.
Pete came to Liverpool in 2012 having been ordained for 25 years. After training at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, he served as a Curate on Teesside; studied for a doctorate at Oxford University; returned to Durham Diocese as a Team Vicar in Gateshead while assisting in the training of ordinands at Cranmer Hall as Director of its Urban Mission Centre. In 1998 he became Priest-in-charge in Walsall where he took responsibility for a recently and ambitiously re-ordered town centre church. His role combined the leadership of a Christian Social Enterprise with that of a thriving congregation. Between 2006 and 2012 he was Canon Chancellor at Lichfield Cathedral, a post which involved oversight of the Cathedral’s work in education and outreach.
In 2013 he delivered the inaugural Liverpool Cathedral Urban Lecture. He is author of three books: Living the Dream (2007), Walking the Walk (2009) and Talking the Talk (2011).
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