A leading member of the Church of England will visit Hartlepool to give students the chance to question him about faith.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu will visit Hartlepool College of Further Education on Friday.
As he sits in the House of Lords and has been a public figure for many years now, he is ideally placed to open up a discussion on the place of faith in the public square.Reverend Nick Moore
He will host a talk entitled Talking Jesus? Does faith have a place in the public square? which will be opened up to students in school years 10 to 13.
The event will include a presentation by Muslim students from Qatar at the college on their faith and understanding of Jesus, as well as an opportunity for students to ask questions of the Archbishop.
The Reverend Nick Moore, for Hartlepool’s Anglican churches, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Hartlepool College of FE to provide this opportunity for students to hear, ask questions of, and meet the Archbishop of York.
“As he sits in the House of Lords and has been a public figure for many years now, he is ideally placed to open up a discussion on the place of faith in the public square.”
The Archbishop is visiting the college as part of a series of events called Talking Jesus, which is taking place across the Diocese of Durham from Thursday to Sunday.
Churches all over the diocese are holding events which are being supported and attended by bishops from across the North of England.
The activities will take place in a variety of locations with the central theme of talking about Jesus and engaging with the wider community.
The Archbishop said: “The heart of the Christian faith is about having an encounter with Jesus – an encounter which transforms and brings hope and love.”
The Archbishop is the second most senior bishop in the Church of England and is a position he has held since 2005.
He was born in Uganda and is the church’s first black archbishop.
For more information about the Talking Jesus series of events, visit http://durhamdiocese.org/talking-jesus/.