Conference 2012

By whose authority? An interfaith look at women and religious authority

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Monday 16 to Thursday 19 July 2012
at High Leigh Conference Centre

Chair: Revd Dr Harriet Harris

Secretary: Revd Clare Nicholson

Chaplain: Revd Dr Miranda Threlfall-Holmes

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
  • 'leadership' and 'discipleship' amongst the Anglican divines
  • exemplars, and the art of conversation across faiths and cultures
  • change, loss and failure

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.

How to book

You can book online with a debit/credit card or PayPal. Alternatively, print and complete a PDFbooking form and post it with a cheque to the address on the form.

Contributors

confirmed but subject to change

Loveday Alexander
Loveday Alexander

Revd Canon Loveday Alexander is Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. In her teaching and research work she is exploring the links between the New Testament and the Graeco-Roman world.

Valentine Cunningham
Valentine Cunningham

Valentine Cunningham is Fellow and Vice-President of Corpus Christi College and Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford.

Rhett Gayle
Rhett Gayle

Dr Rhett Gayle teaches philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, while residing in Scotland. He is working with Victoria Harrison on 'Exemplar Reasoning': the art of conversation across faiths and cultures, concerning those who influence and inspire us.

Victoria Harrison
Victoria Harrison

Dr Victoria Harrison is based in the Philosophy Department at the University of Glasgow, where she specialises in the philosophy of religion, ethics and Asian philosophies.

Harriet Harris
Harriet Harris

Revd Dr Harriet Harris is University Chaplain at the University of Edinburgh. She was formerly a university chaplain and tutor in Oxford and before that a theology lecturer at Exeter University. As well as being an Episcopalian priest, Harriet frequently participates in ecumenical and interfaith talks and initiatives and serves on theological committees, formerly for the Church of England and now for the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Pip Haydock
Pip Haydock

Pip Haydock is Director of The 2gether Partnership, a leadership development and executive coaching business operating across the UK and internationally, with a particular focus on personal development.

Vanessa Herrick
Vanessa Herrick

Revd Canon Vanessa Herrick is Director of Ministry and Vocation and Director of Ordinands in Ely Diocese. Vanessa was formerly Chaplain and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, and Tutor in Pastoral Theology at Ridley Hall Theological College, Cambridge.

Halima Krausen
Halima Krausen

Imam Halima Krausen is one of Germany's few female imams. Along with her duties in the community, she lectures in the Middle East and the United States and co-founded an inter-religious dialogue working group at Hamburg University.

Charlotte Methuen
Charlotte Methuen

Revd Canon Dr Charlotte Methuen is Lecturer in Church History, Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow. She moved to Glasgow in 2011 from the University of Oxford where she was Departmental Lecturer in Ecclesiastical History, University Research Lecturer, and Lecturer in Liturgy and Church History at Ripon College Cuddesdon.

Peter Price
Peter Price

Rt Revd Peter Price is Bishop of Bath and Wells. He was one of the founders of New Way of Being Being Church while general secretary of the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.

Melissa Raphael
Melissa Raphael

Melissa Raphael is Professor of Jewish Theology at the University of Gloucestershire. She has published numerous articles in the fields of religion and gender and feminist theology, specialising in the sacred/profane distinction in Western religion, Feminist Thealogy (sic) and Jewish Theology.

Deborah Ravetz
Deborah Ravetz

Deborah Ravetz works with the Social Sculpture Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University. She is concerned with what is sometimes called heart politics: that which connects the personal with the political.

Ethna Regan
Ethna Regan

Dr Ethna Regan teaches in the School of Theology at the Mater Dei Institute of Education in Dublin. Theology in MDI is rooted in the Catholic Christian tradition, engaged in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, with a commitment to global and social justice and the promotion of human rights.

Nicola Slee
Nicola Slee

Dr Nicola Slee is Research Fellow and MA Programme Leader at the Queens Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham. She teaches courses on theological methodology and feminist theology and will be leading a poetry workshop.

Sepideh Taheri
Sepideh Taheri

Dr Sepideh Taheri is a consultant paediatrician and Honorary Senior Clinical lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. She is a member of the Bahá'í faith.