Bishop Michael Ipgrave OBE to open way to deeper Christian-Jewish relations

    Diocesan News
    18 May 2022

    Bishop Michael Ipgrave OBE to open way to deeper Christian-Jewish relations, following unveiling of Licoricia of Winchester statue.

    On Thursday 19th May, 7pm, Christians and Jews will gather in Winchester Cathedral, and online, to understand better the differences in their religious traditions and to acknowledge the historical prejudices held by Christians which have kept these strongly related faiths apart.

    Dr Ipgrave, Bishop of Lichfield, will lead this discussion by introducing the recent Church of England report, “God’s Unfailing Word: Theological and Practical Perspectives on Christian-Jewish Relations” – a study rooted in the belief that the relationship between Judaism and Christianity is a gift of God to the Church to be received with gratitude, respect and care.

    This talk forms part of a series inspired by Licoricia, a successful Jewish woman and prominent member of Winchester’s community in the 13th Century. In February a bronze statue of Licoricia of Winchester, sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley, was unveiled in Jewry Street. This statue has opened rich possibilities for exploring the role of women and the value of diversity in both medieval and present-day society.

    Dr Ipgrave is a leading expert in ecumenical and inter-faith matters, having been awarded an OBE for services to interfaith relations in London. Dr Ipgrave is an Anglican priest who in 2016 was installed as the 99th Bishop of Lichfield, and has served in parishes in Japan, Leicester and South London. Dr Ipgrave currently chairs the trustees of the Council of Christians and Jews, and was Inter-Faith Relations Advisor to the Archbishops' Council and secretary of the Churches' Commission on Inter-Faith Relations.

    Further talks take place on Monday 30th May at 6pm at the University with guest speaker Prof Anna Abulafia on the role of money in medieval Christian-Jewish relations, and Thursday 30th June at 7pm online, with guest speaker Rory MacLellan, on Licoricia, her son, and other Jewish stories from the Tower of London.

    For more information on the Licoricia Lecture Series and details of how to book, visit