Pitt Lecturer is the Rev. Stephen Green, British trade and investment official

The Rev. Stephen Green, Baron Green of Hurstpierpoint, will deliver the annual Pitt Lecture sponsored by the Berkeley Divinity School during Convocation Week. An ordained priest in the Church of England, Lord Green is the minister of state for trade and investment in Great Britain and is the former Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings.

Author of the book Serving God? Serving Mammon?, Green has challenged the banking industry to consider its culture and its ethics. “It is as if, too often, people had given up asking whether something was the right thing to do, and focused only on whether it was legal and complied with the rules. The industry needs to recover a sense of what is right and suitable as a key impulse for doing business.”

The Pitt Lecture was established by the family of Louis Wetherbee Pitt (1893-1959) to provide for lectures by distinguished preachers and world Christians. Pitt’s hope was to foster worldwide cooperation among Christians.

Green will deliver the Pitt Lecture from 3:30 to 4:30 on Oct. 12 in Marquand Chapel at Yale Divinity School. At Evensong at 5:30 that same evening, he will be awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the Berkeley Divinity School along with three other honorees. 

Another honoree, Dr. Marilyn McCord Adams, will preach at the Evensong service. The Rev. Dr. Adams is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church U.S.A. and is the Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously, she was the Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology at Yale University.

Posted: 09/05/2011