Bishop Rose offers challenging message in 2023 Golden Lecture

The Company was delighted to welcome the Right Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin as the Lecturer for the 2023 Golden Lecture.


Lecturing to a packed St Bartholomew the Less church, Bishop Rose spoke on the subject of Living Faith in the 21st Century: what does it truly mean to have a living faith in today’s world?

Quoting a passage from Micah 6:8, she made it clear that those with a faith must live a life that enacts the mandate ‘and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?’

Given the Christian heritage of the Haberdashers’ Company, this Lecture offers the chance for its members to come together and reflect on the Company’s Christian faith.

Bishop Rose made it clear that faith is not a ‘tick-box exercise’, or simply a coat to be put on on a rainy day.

Rose reflected on the fact that it is no coincidence that the final prayer in a Eucharist service is one of action: Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory.

Bishop Rose left us with the challenge that this must inform the Company’s work with its schools, churches and communities. In the words of Matthew’s gospel, ‘Anything you did for one of the least important of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’.

The Company thanks Bishop Rose for sharing her words of wisdom with us, and for spending time with the Company’s incumbents. A donation of £500 was made to the charity of her choice, the Bishop’s Justice Appeal.