Workshops 

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Please see the conference programme for information about the speakers. Conference participants will be e-mailed after 18 September and asked to choose one workshop on Monday and one on Tuesday. Places are limited for each workshop and will be allocated as fairly as possible.

Workshop leaders have been asked to include input, small group activity and plenary time within their workshops.

Monday, 7.45 pm to 9.10 pm

  • Using the Reformation: the Reformation in denominational and ecumenical identity. Mark Chapman (keynote speaker on Monday at 2.50 pm) will give a thirty-minute historical introduction on how different groups have understood the Reformation followed by group work for people to share their own understandings, and by a concluding plenary discussion.
     

  • Paul's strategies for copying with disunion: Nicolas King (keynote speaker on Monday at 4.30 pm). 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.
     

  • The idea of reform in the Christian life: Andrew Louth (keynote speaker on Tuesday at 4.30 pm). The notion of reformation (Latin: reformatio) has a long history, quite independent of the (Protestant) Reformation. Its primary Christian meaning is in connexion with the doctrine of human creation in the image and likeness of God. The purpose of human creation in the image is to grow in the fulness of the image (movement from image to likeness); the Fall led to the deformation of the image (deformatio), its blurring or obscuring (rarely, its destruction). In responding to Christ, who is himself the Image of God (cf Col. 1:15), we are engaged in restoring the image in which we were created to the fulness that God intended. Christian spirituality, in the patristic and medieval period (and later), can be summed up as reformation of the image into likeness to God. The workshop will consist of a 30-minute lecture, followed by discussion in groups, focused on a small selection of biblical and patristic texts, with a final summing-up section.
     

  • Better Together: building the common good: Jenny Sinclair (panellist on Tuesday at 11.15 am). This workshop will look at the 'practice of the common good’ in an increasingly fragmented society, exploring how Christians of different traditions working together across their differences can be a blessing to neighbourhoods and communities. The workshop will consist of a talk followed by a discussion.
     

  • Living the hopes and difficulties of the path to Christian unity: Helen & Richard Connell (panellists on Tuesday at 11.15 am) and Helen & Philip Mayles from the Association of Interchurch Families will start with a conversation to present their experience of living the contradiction of being 'a domestic church' across divided denominations. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their own path to Christian unity, in groups. The workshop will conclude with a plenary session.
     

Tuesday 2.45 pm to 4.15 pm

  • Better Together: building the common good: Jenny Sinclair (panellist on Tuesday at 11.15 am). This workshop will look at the 'practice of the common good’ in an increasingly fragmented society, exploring how Christians of different traditions working together across their differences can be a blessing to neighbourhoods and communities. The workshop will consist of a talk followed by a discussion.
     

  • Living the hopes and difficulties of the path to Christian unity: Helen & Richard Connell (panellists on Tuesday at 11.15 am) and Helen & Philip Mayles from the Association of Interchurch Families will start with a conversation to present their experience of living the contradiction of being 'a domestic church' across divided denominations. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their own path to Christian unity, in groups. The workshop will conclude with a plenary session.
     
  • The experience of Baptism in the Holy Spirit and its meaning for unity and reconciliation:
    Members of the Chemin Neuf Community, including Felicity Hadley and Sebastian Ostrynski (panellists on Tuesday at 11.15 am) will share how this experience helps to reconcile their diversity of church, culture, age and origin.
     
  • Revd Paulina Hlawicka, representing the Lutheran Council, will lead a workshop. Details to follow.
     
  • Revd Hugh Osgood, the Free Churches' Moderator and one of CTE's Presidents, will lead a workshop on the Reformation and Pentecostalism. Details to follow.
     

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