Second Thoughts Series 2019



Ruta Abakuks


‘A Story of Exile’


Rūta Abakuks was born in Britain to Latvian parents and she has been active within the Latvian community and church in Great Britain all her life. She came to Epsom 27 years ago, worked at Wallace Fields Junior School for six years before going to teach at a prep school in New Malden. She is married to Andris.


Ruta’s mother, Skaidrīte Dreimane, was forced to leave Latvia during the Second World War and afterwards found refuge in the UK. What drove her mother to leave everything behind and journey to unknown countries, leaving behind everything that she had ever known? In some ways her story is the story of every migrant, every refugee, and every displaced person. This opportunity to speak about her mother is a tribute to all who have made such a journey.




Paul Thompson


21st Century Ethics – Challenges and Uncertainties’


After a curacy in Liverpool, Canon Paul served as a Chaplain in the Army. He has been Senior Chaplain at Epsom College for the last 18 years, and has been teaching A-level religious studies during that time.  He plays his full part in the activities of the College, including sport.  He is an ardent supporter of Liverpool Football Club.  He was recently appointed a Canon of Guildford Cathedral and plays his full part in the services there.


This evening he will consider the whole aspect and range of religious ethics but also make reference to Greek philosophy and more contemporary thought. Is it possible to have one defining ethic as a Christian today?



Contact Details

Adrian Esdaile

Priest in Retirement


01372 723 770



"Finally, whatever is true... whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things"

Philippians 4.8.

Hands Touching




10th February at 6.30 pm















10th March at 6.30 pm

Complete 2019 Programme