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Friday 22 - Monday 25 January 2010

St Deiniol's - Understanding Islam

Where: St Deiniol's Library, Hawarden CH5 3BF (map)

Cost: All inclusive residential: £210 / non-residential: £140.


Contact: [email protected] or tel: 01244 532350

Chris Hewer presents Islam in a way that is true to both its traditions and also intelligble for a Western audience. Resulting from years of interfaith co-operation and frank theological discusssion this course is an excellent antidote to Islamophobia.


Wednesday 27 January 2010

WATCH (London) - Prayer Pilgrimage

Where: Westminster Abbey, London (map)

When: 6pm to 8pm

Information: Please let Sally Barnes know if you are coming as the Abbey needs to know numbers.

Contact: [email protected] or tel: 020 8731 9860

Meet at the Great West Door of the Abbey at 5.50pm to start the pilgrimage at 6.00pm. Canon Jane Hedges will lead a conducted walk around the Abbey with pauses for moments of prayer and reflection.


Friday 29 - Sunday 31 January 2010

St Deiniol's - Dan Brown: Myth, Symbol, Truth

Where: St Deiniol's Library, Hawarden CH5 3BF (map)

Cost: All inclusive residential: £138 / non-residential: £92.


Contact: [email protected] or tel: 01244 532350

Dan Brown's best-selling novels - The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and, most recently, The Lost Symbol - have been worldwide publishing sensations while films of his novels have also been enjoyed by millions. But what are the roots of this popularity? What do his novels have to say on issues of faith, belief and symbolism in the modern world? And is this popularity to be seen in terms of a wider search for value and meaning in contemporary society? This two-day conference will provide an opportunity to review the Dan Brown phenomenon, through book and film, and to answer some of these questions.


Friday 12 - Sunday 14 February 2010

Christian Ecology Link - 'On the Verge of Chaos'

Where: Scarborough, N Yorkshire (map)

Cost: £104 if booked before 31 October.


Contact: [email protected] or tel: 0845 4598460

'Transitional Living in a Time of Collapse'. Speakers: Rev Sam Norton and CEL members involved in transition towns. We will explore how our faith fits in with ideas of transition.


Friday 19 - Sunday 21 February 2010

Friends of SCM - Living It Out: Good News for All Generations

Where: Swanwick Conference Centre, Derbyshire (map)

Cost: From £85.

Information: Living it out

A Friends of SCM gathering to

  • Support the student movement
  • Meet old friends and make new ones
  • Build community
  • Inspire action

Join other Friends alongside today's students for a weekend exploring spirituality, vocation, activism and mission, led by Michael Taylor and Kathy Galloway.


Friday 9 - Sunday 11 April 2010

Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland - Conference

Where: Oakham School, Rutland LE15 6DT (map)

Information: - other events also listed.

'Call for Papers' for the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland's next big conference. One keynote speaker will be Cistercian Monk Br Paul Quenon from Merton's Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky. Paul has been a monk since age 19 and knew Merton well. He is a very lively and engaging speaker, also an accomplished poet and photographer. The other keynote speakers will be author and retreat leader Margaret Silf, and author, charity founder and priest, now retired, Ken Leech. We are also hoping to host an exhibition of the works of inspirational painter Hilary Hope Guise, and it promises to be another wonderful occasion.


Thursday 27 - Saturday 29 May 2010

Free to Believe - National Conference 2010

Where: The Hayes, Swanwick, Derbyshire (map)

When: 12pm - 4pm

Cost: £140 per person for ensuite accommodation including all meals from late Thursday afternoon to Saturday lunch. £25 non-refundable deposit.


Conference title is 'Interfaith - The New Ecumenism?'. Speakers are

  • Revd Dr David Cornick, General Secretary Churches Together in England;
  • Revd Canon Dr Alan Race, Editor-in-Chief of the World Congress of Faiths' quarterly journal Interreligious Insight;
  • Dr Ian Bradley, Reader in Church History and Practical Theology, St Andrews University;
  • Rabbi Dr Tony Bayfield, writer and broadcaster, head of the Movement for Reform Judaism since 1994; and
  • Raficq Abdulla, author, barrister and broadcaster, Visiting Fellow at Kingston University, and legal advisor to the Moslem College.


Tuesday 13 - Friday 16 July 2010

MCU - Shifting Paradigms: Theology and Economics in the 21st Century

Where: High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts EN11 8SG (map)


Politicians and economists have called for a 'paradigm shift' in response to the credit crunch. The unprecedented circumstances of the current global recession provide a unique opportunity for dialogue between theology, ethics and economics as we appraise economic life today. This conference is a contribution to that discussion.