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Date & Time

Monday 14th March
6:30pm – 7:30pm


Complimentary. Please note that places for this event are limited. We therefore encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Please register for the event by Sunday 13 March. The link for the session will be sent by email a couple of days ahead of the event.


You’ll be given a link to the event and members of your household are welcome to join the call (this means these guests will be with you on camera and using the same device/Zoom account).

General information

For further information or if you have any enquiries, please contact the Development Office on 01223 338700 or at

Johnian Society Virtual Interview with Canon Sarah Snyder (1984)

The Johnian Society is delighted to continue to host virtual interviews with alumni in 2022. Guests may participate in the event for as long or short a time as they like, staying just for the interview or also engaging in friendly conversation with fellow alumni during the Q&A session. 

In this interview Canon Sarah Snyder (1984) will speak with Annamarie Phelps (1984) about her experience as a mediator and in particular her role as Advisor for Reconciliation for the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Canon Sarah Snyder is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Advisor for Reconciliation. This role has a particular emphasis on supporting the Anglican Church in contexts of violent conflict or post-conflict and helping the Church to be an agent of reconciliation and conflict-transformation.

Sarah is also Founding Director of the Rose Castle Foundation, an international centre of reconciliation, based in the north of England, offering safe space in which to address misunderstanding of the “other”, particularly those of different religious traditions.

6.15–6.30pm: Online check-in opens.
6.30pm: Event is live.
6.30–6.35pm: Welcome message from Annamarie Phelps (1984), President of the Johnian Society.
6.35–6.55pm: Interview with Canon Sarah Snyder (1984).
6.55pm onwards: Q&A and networking.

Canon Sarah Snyder

Canon Sarah Snyder (1984)

Sarah (nee Brewster) studied Archaeology & Anthropology (1984-87) before joining the BBC as a documentary researcher/producer. Subsequently she and her husband (Christ’s, 1984-87) led a multimedia programme in the Sahara desert, responding to widespread Western television of starving Africans (often with begging bowl) during times of famine. Working in an economically diverse, but politically and environmentally fragile region around Timbuktu, they gathered testimonies of the many ways in which African communities have much to teach the West, producing a resource for European schools called “Where camels are faster than cars”! It was the experience of living with Tuareg nomads through various coups that catapulted her choice of career thereafter. She returned to St John’s to study World Religions (Islam and Judaism) and Christian theology, in particular the role of religion in promoting or relieving conflict. A theologian and mediator, specialising in peace-building and dialogue, Sarah brings wide-ranging international experience in situations of violent conflict. She has worked for many years to promote faith-based reconciliation, most recently as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Advisor for Reconciliation – a role centred around supporting the Anglican Church to be an agent of conflict-transformation in conflict or post-conflict contexts. Previously, she worked with the United Nations as Director of Partnerships at Religions for Peace International, after directing the Cambridge International Summer Schools for emerging leaders from conflict zones. Sarah is Founding Director of the Rose Castle Foundation – an international centre of peace and reconciliation offering a safe space in which to address misunderstanding of the “other”, particularly those of different ideological traditions. Their residential programmes equip emerging leaders to act across deep divides within their spheres of influence. Located in an 800-year old castle near the English-Scottish border, it is a peaceful haven in which to transform conflict across societal divides, and to train up a generation to lead through change and chaos. She and her husband have 4 children, 5 grandchildren and a dog. They live in the Lake District, near Rose Castle.

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Find a quiet, private space

It’s important to find a quiet space to listen to the talk in order not to be disruptive to others while your microphone is on.

Always mute your microphone if you’re not speaking

This ensures you enter the talk quietly and that any background noises that could be distracting to the speaker and other participants are now inaudible. To ‘mute’ yourself, click the ‘Mute’ button (a microphone symbol). A red slash will appear over the microphone icon indicating that your audio is now off.

Raise your hand

During the Q&A session, click on the icon labelled ‘Participants’ at the bottom centre of your PC or Mac screen. At the bottom of the window on the right side of the screen, click the button labelled ‘Raise Hand’. Your digital hand is now raised, and the moderator will tell you when it’s your turn to ask your question.