by Tim Stead
from Signs of the Times No 52 - Jan 2014

A Liberating Spirit? Exploring Spirituality for the 21st Century

14th – 17th July 2014

What might be a “liberal” approach to spirituality? Many in our world have lost interest in institutions and are weary with dogmatic arguments but are looking for authentic, intelligent and accessible ways of reflecting on the realities and mysteries of life which can actually make a difference to their own lives. This conference will be an opportunity to explore some of the contemporary approaches to spirituality through the lens of open minded and well-informed enquiry.

Subjects will include:

  • spirituality and culture
  • youth spirituality
  • Mindfulness and the Buddhist/Christian dialogue
  • silence
  • the arts
  • feminist spirituality
  • a spirituality of ministry
  • spirituality and creation.

Chairing the conference:

Canon Professor Martyn Percy, principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon.

Speakers will be:

  • Grace Davie (University of Exeter)
  • Abby Day (Kent University)
  • John Peacocke (academic and Buddhist teacher)
  • Dave Bookless (A-rocha UK)
  • Rachel Muers (Leeds University)
  • Mark Oakley (St.Paul’s Cathedral)
  • Emma Percy (Oxford University).

We are expecting this conference to be very popular because of its theme and mix of speakers and so it may well be worth booking early (as well as being very helpful to us!).

Full details here


Tim Stead is priest in charge at Holy Trinity Headington Quarry, Oxford.