By Whose Authority?

An interfaith look at women and religious authority. This is the annual conference of Modern Church, formerly the Modern Churchpeople’s Union. The event takes place over four day’s and is open to all.

Start Date:
Monday 16th July 2012
Start Time:
High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 8SG
Revd Dr Harriet Harris, Conference Chair, plus 14 more speakers

We all step in and out of leadership, whatever our roles in life. We all need leadership to go well; we need to have the people who fit that role. This conference will explore through talks, workshops, art and worship:

• the difference that ‘difference’ makes • humility and ambition • women as leaders in the early church • old and new taboos • change, loss and failure • ‘leadership’ and ‘discipleship’ amongst the Anglican divines • exemplars, and the art of conversation across faiths and cultures There will opportunities to gain skills in personal presence, conflict resolution and authentic conversations; there will be the sharing of insights with people of diverse faiths. The conference will be uniquely placed to respond to the moment that the Church of England approves legislation, or otherwise, for making women bishops.

Contributing speakers Revd Dr Harriet Harris (Conference Chair) is now chaplain at the University of Edinburgh; she has been a chaplain and tutor in Oxford and before that a theology lecturer at Exeter University. Harriet is an Episcopalian priest, frequently participating in ecumenical and interfaith talks and initiatives. She writes on fundamentalism, religious knowing and qualities of character, and she serves on theological committees, formerly for the Church of England, and now for the Scottish Episcopal Church. Revd Canon Loveday Alexander, Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield, who is exploring the links between the New Testament and the Graeco-Roman world; Prof. Valentine Cunningham, University of Oxford; Dr Victoria Harrison, University of Glasgow and Dr Rhett Gayle, University of Colorado who are working on ‘Exemplar Reasoning’: the art of conversation across faiths and cultures; Pip Haydock, Director of the 2getherPartnership, which trains people in leadership and influencing skills, presence and impact; Revd Canon Vanessa Herrick, Director of Ministry and Vocation in Ely Diocese, author of Jesus Wept: Reflections on vulnerability in leadership; Imam Halima Krausen, one of Germany’s few female imams who, along with her duties in the community, holds lectures in the Middle East and the United States and co-founded an interreligious dialogue working group at Hamburg University; Revd Canon Dr Charlotte Methuen, Lecturer in Church History, Theology and Religious Studies, University of Glasgow; Rt. Revd. Peter Price, Bishop of Bath and Wells and former general secretary of USPG; Prof Melissa Raphael-Levine, Professor of Jewish Theology; Deborah Ravetz who is concerned with what is sometimes called heart politics: that which connects the personal with the political; Oxford Brookes University; Dr Ethna Regan, who teaches at the Mater Dei Institute of Education in Dublin where theology is rooted in the Catholic Christian tradition, engaged in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, with a commitment to global and social justice; Dr Nicola Slee, the Queens Foundation, Birmingham who will be leading a poetry workshop; Dr Sepideh Taheri, consultant paediatrician & member of the Bahai Faith.

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