Posted on October 10, 2016 by Michael Smith -
Women have been integral and influential leaders in the church for centuries. Are you being called to take your place?
The Diocese of London is hosting a day conference for women aged 15-30 who are interested in exploring their vocation.
The day is deliberately interactive, and will be inspiring. There will be a panel of speakers including the Venerable Liz Adekunle, Archdeacon of Hackney, and the opportunity to explore different issues around ministry through workshops.
There will be space to think, pray, and chat with others.
Please come and join to reflect, explore and deepen your understanding of vocation.
Posted on May 26, 2016 by Michael Smith -
Professor David J A Clines is one of the most creative and influential biblical scholars in the world. He has recently donated his personal library to the University of Kent. Originally from Sydney, Australia, David Clines he spent his career in the University of Sheffield, including as Professor and Head of the Department of Biblical Studies. It is a measure of his distinction that he was President of the US-based Society of Biblical Literature in 2009, the first person from outside North America to serve the Society in that role.
The venue for this event is the Templeman Lecture Theatre, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NU
Followed by drinks reception.
Free and Open to the Public. All welcome.
Posted on May 23, 2016 by Michael Smith -
BIAPT (the British and Irish Association for Practical Theology) and CSCS (the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Sexuality), invite you to attend this workshop on classroom strategies around gender and sexuality in either Manchester or London.
The workshop will prepare theological educators, Diocesan Directors of Ordinands, and other theological teachers and trainers to handle hot-button issues around sexuality and gender. Further information as well as registration form and location details is available at the event website.
As theological educators, we help to form and to inform a wide range of professional and informal faith leaders: parish ministers, chaplains, teachers, parents, and a great many other adult faith practitioners. In a society often troubled or confused around issues of sex, gender, sexuality, and embodiment, how do we help our students to deal with these questions? How do we prepare them to deal with the people who will turn to them for insight, understanding, and support?
Issues and emotions around sexuality and gender are becoming more prominent in theological education. These issues can come up in our work with theology students, with ministers-in-training, and with ministers in the field. They can come up in classroom discussions around ethics, ministry, Scripture, and systematic theology; in discussions about Christian history and about contemporary life. They can come up in academic, ecclesial, and secular settings.
Some of the students in our classes may be wrestling with the doctrine and discipline of their different denominations. Some may be wrestling with challenging new perspectives on sex and embodiment. Some may be wrestling with their own experience of gender and sexuality; with sexism or other forms of discrimination; or with sexual trauma (whether their own, or the trauma of others).
Tackling questions about sexuality and gender calls for engaged, interactive, and experiential pedagogies. Our one-day workshops provide resources and practical training to help teachers tackle these challenging issues. Together, we will explore how to address sex and gender across social and cultural contexts; across differences in personal history; and across different denominational backgrounds. We will provide space and time to think through the challenges of raising these issues within our institutional cultures and settings. Process will be a key part of our content, as we seek to equip and resource each other in this challenging work.
The day will include:
- Creating a safe, critical, and prayerful space for shared learning
- Shared reflection on our current teaching practices
- Finding a shared language around sexualities and gender
- Practicing specific classroom strategies, including:
- Creative Questioning
- Embodied Theological Reflection
- Topic Fishbowling
- Comparative Models of Theological Reflection
- Shared lunch and breaktimes
- Educational resources and handouts
The details shown are for the event in Manchester on 20th June 2016. There will be a repeat event in London (Oasis College, 1 Kennington Road, SE1 7QP) on 24th June 2016. For full details please refer to the event website.
Posted on April 30, 2016 by Michael Smith -
MAECymru invites you to their Spring Conference, on Saturday 21st May at Plas Dolerw, Newtown, SY16 2EH. Keynote Speaker is The Rt Rev’d Libby Lane, Bishop of Stockport. Other speakers include; Hilary Cotton, Chair of WATCH and the Rev’d Terrie Robinson, Administrator, International Anglican Women’s Network.
Places are limited. Conference fee of £20.
Posted on April 26, 2016 by Michael Smith -
Loretta Minghella, CEO of Christian Aid will deliver the 4th Inclusive Church Lecture at Liverpool Cathedral on Wednesday 13th July 2016.
The programme is:
5.30 Cathedral Evening Prayer
6. p.m. Annual Meeting of Inclusive Church followed by the lecture which will end by 8 p.m.