A Liberating Spirit?
Exploring Spirituality for the 21st Century


Monday 14th to Thursday 17th July 2014 at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts

Programme: Click here to download.

Chair: Rev Canon Prof Martyn Percy
Chaplain: Revd Guy Elsmore
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 explored some of the contemporary approaches to spirituality through the lens of open minded and well-informed enquiry.

Speakers (with audio recordings):

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Martyn Percy

Conference chair Rev Canon Prof Martyn Percy is Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon. He writes on Christianity and contemporary culture, modern ecclesiology and practical theology.

Opening talk:  audio Listen / download mp3 (77 mins)
Closing talk:    audio Listen / download mp3 (42 mins)

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Dave Bookless

Rev Dave Bookless is National Director of A Rocha UK. His passion is living and communicating Christian faith in ways that reflect the full scope of the biblical Gospel, and speak to contemporary cultures

Talk:  audio Listen / download mp3 (73 mins)

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Grace Davie

Prof Grace Davie is ISR Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Exeter. Her research interests lie in the sociology and culture of religion in Europe.

Talk:  audio Listen / download mp3 (67 mins)

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Abby Day

Dr Abby Day is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Kent and teaches the Anthropology of Religion.  Abby is Chair of the British Sociological Association's Sociology of Religion study group, and was an advisor for the 2011 National Census on questions about religion, ethnicity and identity.

Talk:  audio Listen / download mp3 (73 mins)

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Rachel Muers

Dr Rachel Muers is Senior Lecturer in Christian Studies at the University of Leeds.  Her academic interests centre around the relationships between modern Christian doctrine, feminist thought and ethics.  She has written on the theology of silence.

Talk:  audio Listen / download mp3 (75 mins)

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Mark Oakley

Canon Mark Oakley is Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral, London. His interests include the relationship between faith and poetry, human rights and the place of faith in the contemporary world.

Talk:  audio Listen / download mp3 (65 mins)

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John Peacocke

John Peacocke is a Buddhist scholar and author writing on Buddhist–Christian fusion.

Talk:  audio Listen / download mp3 (68 mins)

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Emma Percy

Rev Dr Emma Percy is Chaplain and Welfare Dean at Trinity College, Oxford. She writes on the spirituality of ministry, drawing together original research which weaves together ideas from theology, philosophy and feminism.

Talk:  audio Listen / download mp3 (45 mins)