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By whose authority? An interfaith look at women and religious authority

Monday 16th to Thursday 19th July 2012 at High Leigh Conference Centre.
Chair: Revd Dr Harriet Harris
Secretary: Revd Clare Nicholson
Chaplain: Revd Dr Miranda Threlfall-Holmes

We all step in and out of leadership, whatever our roles in life.  We all need leadership to go well; we need to have the people who fit that role.  This conference explored through talks, workshops, art and worship:

  • the difference that 'difference' makes
  • humility and ambition
  • women as leaders in the early church
  • old and new taboos
  • 'leadership' and 'discipleship' amongst the Anglican divines
  • exemplars, and the art of conversation across faiths and cultures
  • change, loss and failure

Programme: Click here to download.


Speakers (with audio recordings where available)


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Loveday Alexander
Revd Canon Loveday Alexander is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. In her teaching and research work she is exploring the links between the New Testament and the Graeco-Roman world.
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (24 mins)

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Valentine Cunningham
Valentine Cunningham is Fellow and Vice-President of Corpus Christi College and Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford.
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3

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Rhett Gayle
Dr Rhett Gayle teaches philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, while residing in Scotland. He is working with Victoria Harrison on 'Exemplar Reasoning': the art of conversation across faiths and cultures, concerning those who influence and inspire us.

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Victoria Harrison
Dr Victoria Harrison is based in the Philosophy Department at the University of Glasgow, where she specialises in the philosophy of religion, ethics and Asian philosophies.
Talk (with Rhett Gayle): audio Listen / download mp3 (47 mins)

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Harriet Harris
Conference chair Revd Dr Harriet Harris, University Chaplain at the University of Edinburgh, was formerly a university chaplain and tutor in Oxford and before that a theology lecturer at Exeter University. As well as being an Episcopalian priest, Harriet frequently participates in ecumenical and interfaith talks and initiatives and serves on theological committees, formerly for the Church of England and now for the Scottish Episcopal Church.
Talk:  audio Listen / download mp3 (40 mins)

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Pip Haydock
Pip Haydock is Director of The 2gether Partnership, a leadership development and executive coaching business operating across the UK and internationally, with a particular focus on personal development.

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Vanessa Herrick
Revd Canon Vanessa Herrick is Director of Ministry and Vocation and Director of Ordinands in Ely Diocese. Vanessa was formerly Chaplain and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, and Tutor in Pastoral Theology at Ridley Hall Theological College, Cambridge.

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Elizabeth Koepping
Dr Elizabeth Koepping is Senior Lecturer in World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. Her research in Borneo for many years in one village covered traditional anthropology topics: latterly she has worked more on local religion and Anglican discourses within daily life in village and town, including clergy, regular and intermittent churchgoers and those who, while identifying as Christian, never attend.
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (50 mins)

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Halima Krausen
Imam Halima Krausen is one of Germany's few female imams. Along with her duties in the community, she lectures in the Middle East and the United States and co-founded an inter-religious dialogue working group at Hamburg University.
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (49 mins)

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Charlotte Methuen
Revd Canon Dr Charlotte Methuen is Lecturer in Church History, Theology and  Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow. She moved to Glasgow in 2011 from the University of Oxford where she was Departmental Lecturer in Ecclesiastical History, University Research Lecturer, and Lecturer in Liturgy and Church History at Ripon College Cuddesdon.
Talk (following Loveday Alexander): audio Listen / download mp3 (36 mins)

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Carrie Pemberton Ford
Revd Dr Carrie Pemberton Ford is Director of the Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking and leads the Ibix Insight equalities consultancy. She has just completed a Legatum funded report London 2012 and Sporting Mega Events: Trafficking Risks, Social Impact and Cultural Legacy which is now informing the UN Rapporteur on Human Trafficking's work.
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (22 mins)

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Peter Price
Rt Revd Peter Price is Bishop of Bath and Wells. He was one of the founders of New Way of Being Being Church while general secretary of the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.

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Deborah Ravetz
Deborah Ravetz works with the Social Sculpture Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University. She is concerned with what is sometimes called heart politics: that which connects the personal with the political.
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (15 mins)

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Nicola Slee
Dr Nicola Slee is Research Fellow and MA Programme Leader at the Queens Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham. She teaches courses on theological methodology and feminist theology and will be leading a poetry workshop.

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Sepideh Taheri
Dr Sepideh Taheri is a consultant paediatrician and Honorary Senior Clinical lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. She is a member of the Bahá'í faith.
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (44 mins)