2018 Annual Conference of Modern Church

Ritual, Worship & Culture

Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th July 2018

at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts

Listen to Conference Chair Jo Spreadbury
introducing the 2018 conference at our 2017 conference.

Chair: Revd Canon Dr Jo Spreadbury

Chaplain: Revd Ian Mobsby

Margaret BarkerNick HoltamModern Church South West meeting

Saturday 3rd February 2018
with Margaret Barker and Nick Holtham

Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath 11am-4.00pm
(Coffee from 10.30am - Cost £18 inc. light lunch)

Margaret Barker, a Methodist preacher, has developed an approach to Biblical Studies now known as Temple Theology.
Nick Holtham is the Bishop of Saisbury.

Booking Details:

High Leigh Conference Centre is comfortable, well-equipped, and easily accessible by car and public transport. The Centre offers a choice of:

  • Standard room: available with single or twin not double beds, washbasin in the room and tea bar in the corridor.

  • Ensuite room: available with single, twin or double beds, a shower or bath and tea/coffee making facilities in the room.

Conference fees:
  • Full residence in an en suite room per person = £240
  • Full residence in a standard room per person = £185

Modern Church members' discount (if booking before 31st March 2018) = £15 (If you are not currently a Modern Church member, here's how to join.

To secure your place:

Complete the booking form and pay a non-refundable deposit of £40.

Full payment:

We require full payment by 31st May 2017. However, full payment with your booking would save time for you and for us.


If you have to cancel within four weeks of the conference, we may need to retain the full booking fee if we cannot re-allocate your room.

Part time attendance:

We may be able to offer part-time and non-resident basis, depending on the demand for full time places. Please contact the Modern Church administrator.

Reduced fees:

We may be able to offer a reduced fee for those on very low incomes. Please contact the Modern Church administrator.

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Sponsor a student:

Modern Church is keen to offer free places to students where possible. A contribution towards the cost would be appreciated.

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Please note - this payment will be taken as a separate transaction from your booking or balance payment.


Seeking the Sacred:

Christianity in dialogue with other religions and the world

2015 Annual Conference of Modern Church in association with the World Congress of Faiths

Monday 13th – Thursday 16th July 2015 at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts

Modern Church held its Annual Conference, chaired by the Revd. Canon Professor Martyn Percy, from Monday 14th to Thursday 17th July 2014 at High Leigh Conference Centre.

The conference focussed on the question of what it might mean to identify a ‘liberal’ approach to spirituality.