Alone in the landscape of death

Stephen Cottrell’s latest book is called Godforsaken. It is an extended meditation on Jesus’ last words from the cross, ‘My God my God, why have you forsaken me.’

In this talk he will explore themes from the book, especially focusing on how these terrible words of forsakenness can be the greatest hope of all as we also travel through the valley of the shadow of death.

This may sound like a grim way to spend an hour on a Friday evening! Paradoxically, it will be full of surprising joy.

Join us from 5.45pm for a drinks reception.

Students and under-18s are eligible for half price tickets. Select the student option when booking.


Important news

We’re very sorry to tell you that the Archbishop of York has contracted Covid. This means that he will not be able to deliver his talk in person at the Cathedral on Friday night. The good news is that he will speak from home in York. Naturally, this is extremely disappointing news for us all – Archbishop Stephen tells us he is ‘gutted’ – but I’m sure you will appreciate that this is completely beyond our control. We are extremely grateful that he is well enough to participate remotely, and that the Cathedral’s first-rate streaming facilities makes this achievable.

We will still be offering a drinks reception beforehand and the chance to buy Archbishop Stephen’s books at our pop-up bookshop. We hope that you will still enjoy gathering in the Cathedral – and do come to Evensong beforehand at 4.30pm if you are able to – but if you would prefer to watch the session from home instead, we will be sending out instructions on how to do this tomorrow.

By way of apology, we’re offering all ticket holders for this event a FREE TICKET TO ANY OTHER SESSION (subject to availability) over the Festival weekend. Free tickets can be booked at the Festival Reception Desk (by the bookshop) in the Cathedral ON FRIDAY EVENING ONLY.

Please accept our apologies – and the Archbishop’s, too – for this necessary change of plan.


6.30pm Friday 24 February 2023


Stephen Cottrell

Stephen Cottrell is the 98th Archbishop of York. He is a member of the Church of England’s Committee for Minority Ethnic Concerns, and Chair of Church Army, an Anglican society for evangelism and social outreach. He is a member of the House of Lords. He is a well-known writer and speaker on evangelism, spirituality and catechesis.

He is married to Rebecca who is a potter. They have three sons, one grandson and a dog.

His books include Kingdom Calling, and Do Nothing to Change Your Life. His latest is Dear England: Finding Hope, Taking Heart and Changing the World.


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