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Annual Conference 2019

Theology in the public square - Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th July 2019 at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts.

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New editor for Modern Believing journal

Modern Church appoints Dr Karen O' Donnell as the new managing editor of our academic journal Modern Believing

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Modern Church is 120!

Modern Church is celebrating 120 years with a social media campaign recording key moments in its history

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Past conferences

Year
Theme
Chair
2018
Ritual, Worship and Culture
Jo Spreadbury
2017
God: None, One, Three or Many?
Jane Shaw / Linda Woodhead
2016
Performing the Faith: Shakespeare, the Theatre and Theology Today
Alison Milbank
2015
Seeking the Sacred: Christianity in dialogue with other religions and the world
Alan Race
2014
A Liberating Spirit? Exploring Spirituality for the 21st Century
Martyn Percy
2013
The Earth is the Lord's: Renewing the covenant of creation
Margaret Barker
2012
By whose authority? An interfaith look at women and religious authority
Harriet Harris
2011
'Can These Bones Live?' - Reading the Bible today
Adrian Thatcher
2010
Shifting paradigms: Theology & economics in the 21st century
Edmund Newell
2009
Perfect freedom: Liberal theology today & tomorrow
John Saxbee
2008
Saving the soul of Anglicanism: The nature and future of the Anglican Communion
Barry Morgan
2007
Violence: A stubborn pandemic
Alan Race
2006
Passion for justice: Global and faithful perspectives on sexuality
Elaine Graham
2005
Religion and science: Old enemies or new friends?
Richard Harries
2004
The God experience: Who has it and why?
Paul Badham
2003
Globalising God: the new internationalism
John Atherton
2002
By whose authority?
David Conner
2001
A Road to Nowhere? History, Purpose and Providence
Maurice Wiles
2000
Jesus for the Third Millennium
Richard Holloway
1999
Christianity and Poverty in the 21st Century
Michael Taylor
1998
Thinking the Unthinkable
John Saxbee
1997
Spirit and Spirituality, or 'Finding the Gap'
Michael Hare Duke
1996
Survival of the Fittest?
Simon Hughes
1995
Created and Creative: Art as a Contemporary Way of Spirituality
George Pattison
1994
Theology and Church Action in Europe Today
Anthony Dyson
1993
Faith Outside the Faiths
Tom Butler
1992
Christianity and Eastern Faiths: Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism
John Hick
1991
New Horizons for Religious Education
Brian Gates
1990
Three Faiths - One God: Christianity, Judaism and Islam
John Hick
1989
The State of the Ark
Jenny Baker
1988
Is Liberal Theology Dead?
John Bowden
1987
Nature, Humanity and God: The Present Scientific Perspective
Arthur Peacocke
1986
Fundamentalism: Towards an Understanding
Stephen Platten
1985
Handling Life: Clues to Understanding and Caring
Gordon Dunstan
1984
The Church and Politics
John Elford
1983
Belief in God: A Faith for Today
Edward Carpenter
1982
Technology and Human Values
Edgar Boyes
1981
Womanhood and Christianity
Diana McClatchey
1980
Non-western Theologies and their Significance for the English Church
 
1979
Liberal Christianity in Practice
Edward Compton
1978
Germany and England: Prospects for a Theological Common Market
Stephen Sykes
1977
Whither? A Study of the Shape of the Future
Norman Pittenger
1976
Integrity in the Religious Quest
A C Adcock
1975
Church and Society
R S O Stevens
1974
Religions and the Future of Religion
Marcus Braybrooke
1973
Scientific and Christian Humanism
F E Compton
1972
Search for Meaning
H C Snape
1971
Freedom and Responsibility: Man's Dilemma in a World of Change and   (R)evolution
Malcolm Goldsmith
1970
Nature, Man and God
Edward Carpenter
1969
The Liberal Tradition in Christianity
Alan Stephenson
1968
Power Within a Christian Context
Edward Carpenter
1967
The Meaning of Christ for Today
Norman Pittenger
1966
Honest Religion
J D Pearce-Higgins
1965
Christianity in Education Today
Denys Whiteley
1964
Symbols for the Sixties
A L Dunstan
1963
Religion in a Scientific World
John Drewett
1962
The Church in our Contemporary World
H C Snape
1961
Christ and Human Need
W G Fallows
1960
Jesus Christ: His World and Ours
W H C Frend
1959
Life and Death
 
1958
Christianity: a Faith for the World
 
1957
The Sacred and the Secular
J L Wilson
1956
Present Trends in English Religion
 
1955
Man: His Nature and Destiny
 
1954
Christian Living in Modern Society
Henry Self
1953
Liberal Christianity in the Twentieth Century
 
1952
Christianity Today: Challenge and Response
Henry Self
1951
The Church: Past, Present and Future
Henry Self
1950
Towards Christian Reformation: Reassessment and Restatement
Henry Self
1949
The Flight from Reason
Henry Self
1948
The Necessity for a Christian Modernism
Henry Self
1947
Problems of Christian Faith and Practice
Henry Self
1946
The Historic Jesus and His Gospel
Cyril Norwood
1945
The Religion the World Needs
 
1944
no conference
 
1943
The National Church and the National Life
Cyril Norwood
1942
no conference
 
1941
no conference
 
1940
The Church Looks Forward (prepared but never held)
 
1939
A Comprehensive Church
Cyril Norwood
1938
Modern Christian Education
Cyril Norwood
1937
Christianity and the Religious Crisis
W R Matthews
1936
What to Believe
W R Matthews
1935
The Church of England: Its Constitution, Character and Call
W R Matthews
1934
The Bible and the Modern Man
W R Inge
1933
The Christian Church and the Modern World
W R Inge
1932
The Reformation
W R Inge
1931
Man
W R Inge
1930
Problems of Personal Life
Dean of St Paul's
1929
The Problem of Authority
 
1928
Christianity and History
Dean of St Paul's
1927
The Modern Movement in the English Church
 
1926
Sacraments: Their Psychology and History
 
1925
The Faith of a Modern Churchman
Dean of St Paul's
1924
The Scientific Approach to Religion
 
1923
Christ and Human Society
 
1922
Christianity As The World Religion
Percy Gardner
1921
Christ and the Creeds
 
1920
The Relation between Modern Knowledge and Traditional Christianity
 
1919
The Ideals of Modern Churchmen
 
1918
The Psychology of Religious Experience
 
1917
The Church and Modern Churchman
 
1916
 
 Hastings Rashdall
1915
 
F J Foakes-Jackson
1914
 
F J Foakes-Jackson

Partner events

PaulRasorThe Challenge of Liberal Theology in a time of declining liberalism - The Future of Faith lecture series with Paul Rasor

Saturday 6th October 11am, Rawtenstall Unitarian Church and Unity Centre, Bank Street, Rawtenstall, Rossendale BB4 7QY

Liberalism,religious and otherwise, is under siege. Many liberal congregations are in decline; authoritarian impulses infest our social and political cultures; fake news and shrill slogans drown out reasoned argument and nuance; meanness and stinginess overpower openness and generosity. What kind of liberal theology is possible in these circumstances? Paul Rasor will argue that liberal theology today must be a theology of resistance, radical inclusiveness, and liberation. Hosted by the Lancashire Collaborative Ministry and Pendle Hill Quakers and supported by PCN BritainRead more.


ICdisabilityconf2018Something Worth Sharing - Inclusive Church Disability Conference

Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th October, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London

Disabled people can be isolated by experience or geography, and face barriers to belonging in churches and communities. What can we do to unlock gates and open our gifts? From access statements to advisory groups, using language and structure, connecting and gathering, this event will explore ideas and share practical resources for getting in and joining in. Speakers include: June Boyce-Tillman, Tim Goode, Fiona MacMillan, Ann Memmott, Emily Richardson and Sam Wells. Read more


MWBorgMarcus Borg Memorial Conference - ‘Days of Awe and Wonder: How we see makes all the difference’

Friday 19th - Saturday 20th October, St. Mark's Centre for Radical Christianity, Sheffield in partnership with PCN Britain

In this conference, Rev Canon Marianne Wells Borg will take extracts from the posthumous collection of Marcus’s work entitled Days of Awe and Wonder and will seek to explore with us what it means to be Christian today. What is the Christian story and how do we ‘see’ the world through the lens of Christian faith? Can our days indeed be filled with awe and wonder? Is how we see and pay attention what makes the difference? Read more


GVheaderGathering Voices: From welcome to affirmation

Saturday 27th October, 9.30am-4pm,
Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent campus

Together we will explore how to resource your church to become more inclusive so:

‘any person, regardless of sexuality or gender identity will find our local church to be a place of welcome, embrace, inclusion, affirmation and sanctuary’ - Oasis Foundation Open Church Charter

Keynote speakers include Gareth Streeter from Oasis UK, The Rt Revd Geoff Annas, Anglican Bishop of Stafford, Revd Dr Christina Beardsley. 

Gathering Voices is a collaboration of Christian & LGBT+ organisations including Accepting Evangelicals, the Evangelical Fellowship of Lesbian and Gay Christians, Open Table, The Sibyls and Stonewall. Read more


DeconstructionDeconstruction Retreat with Simon Cross

Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th November, The Hayes, Swanwick

Deconstruction is part of the human condition. We build things up, and then we become confined by them. It's only by consciously decontructing what we have built, that we can grow and develop. But it's a painful process, or it can be. And it's usually only precipitated by some kind of crisis, something that stops us in our tracks, and makes us realise that somethings have to change, a bereavement, a relationship breakdown, a feeling of betrayal. The process of deconstruction gives rise to various conflicting feelings: guilt, liberation, fear, exhilaration... Dealing with such mixed feelings is hard, and in order to get through them with a sense of healthy progress, it can really help to take time to take stock. This short retreat is designed to do just that. Read more


Diarmuid O MurchuIncarnation: A new evolutionary threshold - Talk by Diarmuid O’Murchu chaired by Revd Lucy Winkett

Sunday 4th November 1.45-3.30pm, St James' Picadilly, London. A Living Spirituality Connections event, in partnership with St James’ Piccadilly

Incarnation signifies embodiment, reminding us that God’s creativity throughout creation is mediated through bodies, from the vast universe right down to subatomic particles. This understanding requires a fresh appraisal of the conventional Christian understanding in which Incarnation focuses on the person of Jesus. How the expanded vision can be integrated with our Christian story is the topic for this lecture.
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padraig o tuamaHope in Conflict & Rhythms of Peace - Corrymeela Weekend with Pádraig Ó Tuama

Saturday 17th-Sunday 18th November, Exeter

Discover creative ways to deal with conflict, from practitioners in different contexts: including Jo Berry, Jude Taylorson, Louisa Burnand, Jayme Reaves, Brother Jonathan Herbert and Brother Hugh, Bishop Peter Price and Rev Simon Taylor. The keynote address by Pádraig Ó Tuama, leader of the Corrymeela Community, is followed by panel discussion, then break-out groups where speakers will tell their own stories and lead discussions. Followed by an evening of poetry reading. Pádraig Ó Tuama will be the guest preacher at an ecumenical Christian Service on Sunday 18th November at 10.30am. Those of all faiths and none will be very welcome. Read more.