Responding to the Reformation 

Luther logo flipped and croppeThis major conference is open to all those working ecumenically at county (eg diocesan, district, synodical etc) and national levels. It is one of the conferences organised roughly every three years the National Ecumenical Officers for all Ecumenical Officers. This year we are opening it up more widely.

Responding to the Reformation takes place from lunchtime on Monday 16 to lunchtime on Wednesday 18 October 2017  at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire. Download a draft programme and 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 – this will be a panel discussion with Helen and Richard Connell from the Association of Inter-Church Families, Jenny Sinclair, founder and director of Together for the Common Good, and members of Chemin Neuf.

  • 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 with Andrew Louth FBA, Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, Durham University, and Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Theology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.


Workshops are a work in progress. We are expecting that some of our speakers will be able to offer a workshop. Confirmed so far:

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 strategies 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.

Andrew Louth (see above) will offer a workshop. Details to be confirmed.

Together for the Common Good: Jenny Sinclair (see above) will offer a workshop. Details to be confirmed.

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