My name is Mark and I am a lecturer in New Testament studies in the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. As part of my lecturing I teach modules on Greek, the Apostle Paul, the Bible and the Arts; Religion and Violence as well as various others.
What will you be doing at the Hidden Perspectives festival?
Having a good time and providing some musical entertainment (Bluesy/Jazzy/Rocky). One of our third years (Jamie Parker) will be accompanying me on the Piano.
How long have you played the guitar for? When did you start playing?
I started on the Mandolin at age 9, and a few years later took up playing the guitar.
Do you play any other instruments?
I used to play a Piano, but unfortunately no longer have the time.
Why do you think projects like Hidden Perspectives are important?
Projects like Hidden Perspectives are vital in opening up different perspectives on life & relationships, particularly within the context of Religion, which has historically, tended to impose an ideological framework on what is a correct lifestyle or appropriate relationship.
Have you been involved with other projects like Hidden Perspectives?
As President of the Students’ Union of the City of Leeds College of Music I headed up a big campaign in support of L&G students in the College.
What has been your experience of the interaction between LGBT & Religion?
In the past very I have noticed that it has been a cautious/uneasy relationship, but over the last few years has been developing positively.