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EXPERTISE
Destinations & Ports
History - Classical
History - General
Religion & Ethics
Vikings & Scandinavia
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BIOGRAPHY
Tim Stevens is a recently retired senior Church of England bishop, who served as lead bishop in the UK House of Lords. He has lectured in Europe, Africa, Caribbean, South America and The Arctic on the cultural, historical, religious and political background in 23 countries.

Tim was for 16 years Bishop of Leicester, the UK’s most multi-religious city. He established a centre for inter-faith relations and has spoken on a range of inter-faith issues in Parliament. He established close relations with the Federation of Muslim Organisations in Leicester and with the Muslim Council of Britain.

He was a frequent broadcaster on radio and tv and wrote regular newspaper articles during this time.

Tim is Visiting Professor in Faith and Society at De Montfort University and is currently a non-executive board member of a mental health trust in Norfolk and Suffolk.He is a board member of the Woolf Institute in Cambridge.

He travels extensively as a cruise lecturer and as Prelate of the International Order of St John, with responsibility for chaplains in 40 countries world wide.

He has chaired numerous boards in the charity sector, most significantly The Children’s Society between 2004-2010, responsible for 70 programmes for children and young people nationally.

He trained (before ordination) in management with BOAC and was a Foreign Office Diplomat for 2 years.

He received the CBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2016.
TALKS
17 Destination related cruise talks – all illustrated:

NORWAY & RUSSIA:

1. The Vikings and the Norse Gods : how stories and fables shaped the Viking invasions of Britain and Europe.

2. The Russian Orthodox Church: Persecution and Survival: the repression and imprisonment of millions of believers and their liberation following Gorbachev and perestroika.

3. Ibsen and Grieg: the conscience of a nation? Norway’s greatest playwright and composer and their influence on Norwegian culture.

4. Edvard Munch: "The Scream" - how one of Europe's most iconic pictures was painted.

5. The Nobel Peace Prize: how Norway's Nobel Committee has honoured the world's peacemakers.

WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN:

4. Chagall, Matisse, and the painters of the Riviera: how the colours and landscapes of Southern France inspired some of 20th Century’s finest artists.

5. Corsica – birthplace of Napoleon: the story of Napoleon’s upbringing and family life in Corsica and how they shaped his impact on the history of Europe.

6. The Bishop of Rome: the unlikely radical: Pope Francis and his worldwide impact on a new generation.

PERU AND CHILE:

7. Pinochet: hero or villain? How Pinochet changed the face of Chile.

8. The Incas and the Gods of the Andes: how the Incas produced a civilisation which formed the greatest empire in South America.

9. The Spanish Conquerors of South America: the Conquistadors and their theft of South American wealth.

GREECE, TURKEY AND NORTH AFTRICA:

10. Athens and the Greek Philosophers: who were Aristotle, Socrates and Plato? What did they think and how did they influence our world?

11. The Arab Spring and Islam in Europe: how things have changed in the last 6 years and how have they affected Muslims in European countries?

12. East meets West: the story of the Hagia Sophia: the great church of Istambul and how it tells the story of Christian Muslim relations.

THE CARIBBEAN AND NEW ORLEANS:

13. Sugar and the abolition of the slave trade: how the slave trade made US history.

14. Reggae and Rastas: the faiths of Jamaica? Bob Marley, his music and influence on Jamaica today.

15. The Louisiana Purchase-how France sold its American real estate to the New World in 18th century.

BLACK SEA:

16. The Icons of Mt Athos and the Black Sea Churches: illustrations and explanations of some of the regions most extraordinary art.

BALTIC:

17. The Hermitage Museum and especially Rembrandt’s painting of The Prodigal Son.

18. “Tear down this wall”: Reagan speech in Berlin and the end of the Cold War.

19. Hans Christian Andersen: Denmark’s greatest story teller?

SPAIN:

20. Salvador Dali: Spain's surrealist artist

21. The Alhambra Palace and Muslim rule in Spain

22. Santiago de Compostella and 100 years of pilgrimage

23. Battle of Trafalgar and Nelson's HMS Victory
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Viking Orion OR191115 Southeast Asia & Hong Kong 14 Hong Kong Friday, November 15, 2019
Viking Orion OR191101 Far Eastern Horizons 14 Tokyo Friday, November 1, 2019
Viking Sea SE190815 Viking Homelands 14 Bergen Thursday, August 15, 2019
Viking Sky SK190113 In Search of the Northern Lights 12 Tilbury Sunday, January 13, 2019
Viking Sky SK190106 Iberian Explorer 7 Barcelona Sunday, January 6, 2019
Viking Sea SE170903 Viking Homelands 14 Stockholm Sunday, September 3, 2017