Responding to the Reformation 

Luther logo flipped and croppeRoughly every three years the National Ecumenical Officers organise a conference for all Ecumenical Officers. This year it focuses on the Reformation and will be open to all those working ecumenically at county (eg diocesan, district, synodical etc) and national levels.

Responding to the Reformation will take place from lunchtime on Monday 16 to lunchtime on Wednesday 18 October 2017  at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire. As soon as one is available, you will be able to download a draft programme below. Book for the conference now! (Delay and it becomes more expensive.)

The programme

The conference is structured around the Presidents' Five 'R's:

  • Remembering: living with the legacy of the Reformations – Mark Chapman, Professor of the History of Modern Theology, Oxford University; Canon Theologian of Truro (more information here and here).

  • Repenting: fragmentation and mission – Nicholas King sj, became a Fellow at Campion Hall, University of Oxford, after a good many years teaching New Testament in South Africa and other places. Nicholas is also the translator of a new version of the Greek Bible and author of several books including The Scandal Of Christian Disunion (Kevin Mayhew, January 2017).

    This lecture will look at the question of division in the Acts of the Apostles, to see how the early church coped with disunion. There will also be time for discussion in table groups.

  • Reforming – Jeremy Worthen, Secretary for Ecumenical Relations and Theology of the Church of England's Council for Christian Unity

  • Reconciling: the ministry of Christ – panel discussion, participants to be confirmed but will include speakers from Chemin Neuf and Inter-Church Families.

  • Rejoicing in the patience of God: the joy of the Gospel – Jan McFarlane, Bishop of Repton

(The five 'R's are not linear but are in a dynamic relationship to each other. We have changed the Presidents' order to suit the process of the conference.)

In addition to the five 'R's, there will be a session Reflecting on the Reformation. One of the two speakers will be Andrew Louth FBA, Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, Durham University, and Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Theology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. There will also be workshops. These are to be confirmed but we are expecting that some of our speakers will be able to offer a workshop.

Workshops confirmed are:

Living with the legacy of the Reformation: John O'Toole (National Ecumenical Officer and Secretary to the Department for Dialogue and Unity of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales) and David Cornick (General Secretary of Churches Together in England).

Paul's stragegies for copying with disunion: Nicolas King (see above). This workshop will take the form of a close look at the text of 1 Corinthians, to examine several of Paul’s strategies for coping with disunion. It will consist of a 40 minute lecture, some time in small groups and then whole-group discussion.

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