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Lent Book Group: Failure

2nd March 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until 6th April 2023

Join us as we read and discuss FAILURE: WHAT JESUS SAID ABOUT SIN, MISTAKES AND MESSING STUFF UP (The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2023) by Emma Ineson, newly appointed Bishop of Kensington.

We’ll be meeting for six sessions through Lent, at the Cross Keys Pub on Thursdays at 1 pm for about an hour each time, from Thursday 2nd March through to Thursday 6th April. You’ll need to buy your own copy of the book in advance: it costs £10.99 and you can find it on Amazon and other booksellers.


From the publishers:

What is failure and what did Jesus think of it? What did he say about sin, mistakes and generally mucking things up?

This Lent, journey with Emma Ineson through her wonderfully humorous and encouraging book as Emma explores whether sin is an individual or corporate thing. Looking at the church, we consider, what is God’s purpose for it? And in the light of key concerns such as safeguarding and racial justice, how might we re-examine concepts of success and recognize and measure failure? As the book draws to an end, we are reminded of our calling to live life to the full, to take risks despite our fears. We are bound sometimes to fail! Yet gazing at Jesus – who looked like the greatest failure of all – we may discern in the heartache, vulnerability and humility of failure, the glory of the cross.


‘A superb book on failure . . . humorous, realistic and absolutely not judgemental.’ (Justin Welby)

‘Ineson’s gentle humour, honesty, and obvious faith help us to begin to work out why Donald Trump’s dividing of people into “winners” and “losers” is an evil humiliation and shaming of those who do not sit at influential tables or whose fragilities and fractures run deep. Ineson is, at the end of the day, a theologian of sensitive hope.’ (Mark Oakley)


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2nd March 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Cross Keys Pub
57 Black Lion Ln
London, W6 9BG United Kingdom