Lucy Winkett

Lucy Winkett

Rector of St. James's Church, Piccadilly

Seeing is believing?

Session Overview

Perhaps one of the most attractive aspects of increasing the influence of technology in the world of work is that algorithms aren’t as unpredictable as people. Maybe we believe that we can smooth out the edges, and round out the corners of human interaction to make our work environments fairer, clearer, less paradoxical or complex.  And increase efficiency as a result.   Lucy Winkett will explore the nature of belief in tandem with the use of technology at work.

What are the unwritten rules we live by, the self-limiting beliefs that govern much of our interaction and focus our energies?  What beliefs will shape the future of algorithm programming; and what beliefs are shaping them now? Perhaps we live not so much in a secular society but a highly credulous one, where many of us are ready to believe almost anything.  How do we navigate this environment with a degree of honour, dignity and imagination that befits the best of humanity?

Speaker's biography

Lucy Winkett is Rector of St James’s Church Piccadilly and a writer and broadcaster.  She was one of the first generation of women to be ordained in the Church of England, working in Manor Park, Newham before becoming the first woman priest appointed at St Paul’s Cathedral, later becoming Canon Precentor.

She is much in demand as a speaker on interfaith, gender and political issues, is a long-standing contributor to Radio 4’s Thought for the Day and is a regular guest on Radio 3, most recently commentating on the Royal Opera House’s performances of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. She was a founding advisor for the public theology think tank “Theos” and the co-founder of “Leading Women”, a national development programme for women clergy.

She is a Governor of The Queen’s Theological Foundation in Birmingham and a trustee of the National Churches Trust. Her book “Our Sound is Our Wound” (Continuum 2010) was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book. She has spent much time visiting Israel/Palestine and in 2018 spent 8 days in Syria. In 2014, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Winchester University and has a book coming out in 2019 on the subject of forgiveness in both private and public life, published by SPCK.