2022 Conference: Living in Faith, Hope, and Love


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Jul 18 - 20 2022


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2022 Conference: Living in Faith, Hope, and Love

Important Notice – Conference moved online due to Climate Crisis
In 2021, Modern Church held our annual conference on the theme of the Climate Emergency: the search for hope beyond denial and despair. This seems a prescient subject, given the difficult decisions we have to face this year in the face of record-breaking 40 degree heat. The Government has advised the public to avoid all but necessary travel on Monday and Tuesday. This combined with the fact we cannot guarantee many of our delegates an air-conditioned room at High Leigh, means that we have decided to move the 2022 conference – Living in Faith, Hope and Love, online.

We are determined to deliver the same excellent programme of speakers, worship and conversation via the medium of Zoom. Many of us will be sad not to see one another in person, but the decision to move online will reduce the risk of you, or our speakers, being stranded in exceptionally high temperatures. We hope you can find a comfortable spot in your own home and join us via Zoom, you can purchase tickets below.


Our theme Living in Faith, Hope, and Love partially mirrors the title of the Living in Love and Faith (LLF) project of the Church of England. The Conference will provide constructive theological approaches to the chosen themes of LLF (‘identity, sexuality, relationships, marriage’), and make good some of its omissions (e.g., gender, history, ‘abusive theology’).

The presenters are well known experts in their fields of study. There will be seven presentations over two days, and each presenter will also provide a follow-up seminar. While LLF is an Anglican project, the topics will be of interest well beyond the Church of England.

Chair: Prof. Adrian Thatcher 

Chaplain: The Revd Jarel Robinson-Brown


The conference is open to all – not just Modern Church members
The Conference takes place at High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord Street, Hoddesdon, Herts, EN11 8SG
High Leigh have upgraded their accommodation – please note that en suite rooms are now standard
Details of the online elements of the conference will be released soon
Tickets are available to purchase online now through the website



Conference Start time – 18 July

2.00 Welcome and introductions



The Revd Dr Christina (Tina) Beardsley SMMS, a visiting scholar, Sarum College, has co-authored three books about transgender Christians.

‘Far from the madding crowd: a theological critique of current intellectual objections to trans people’.

Susannah Cornwall, Associate Professor in Constructive Theologies at the University of Exeter, researches theologies of sex, gender, and sexuality.

‘Transformative Creatures: Living into Freedom as Sexed, Gendered and Sexual Persons’.

Helen King, Professor Emerita of Classical Studies at The Open University, is an authorised preacher in Oxford Diocese, and was part of the Shared Conversations and LLF processes.

‘Being flesh: bodies, history and LLF’

The Revd Jarel Robinson-Brown, Assistant Curate at St Botolph without Aldgate, is the author of ‘The Church and the Famine of Grace’.

‘The Church and the Famine of Grace’

Rachel Starr is Director of Studies at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham.

‘What good is marriage? Reimagining covenantal and sacramental models for today’.

Johanna Stiebert (she/her) is a German-New Zealander, agnostic, and Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Leeds.

‘Abusive Theology and LLF: Spaces of Silence’

Adrian Thatcher is Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter and Editor of Modern Believing.

‘A Theological Critique of (Sexual) Culture’

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