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Wednesday 14 January 2009

All of Us

Where: St Agnes Church, Gorton Road, Reddish SK5 6RA (map)

When: 7.30pm

Contact: Clive Larsen 0161 223 0692.

An introduction to the work of Inclusive Church. With the Revd Clare Herbert, National Coordinator of IC and guest speaker The Very Revd Rogers Govender, Dean Of Manchester: "Getting the Questions Right about Black and Minority Ethnic Leadership in the Church of England" with bring and share supper. Please bring some food to share.

Following the launch of Inclusive Church in Manchester in 2005 this evening gathering considers "Inclusive Church, Where Now?" but also addresses the specific issue of black and minority ethnic participation and leadership within the C of E and how IC may help. ALL ARE VERY WELCOME.


Tuesday 20 January 2009

The Economic Crisis: Towards Sustainable Economies and Livelihoods

Where: Methodist Church House, London (map)

When: 10am - 4pm

Cost: There is no charge for attending, but please email [email protected] to receive the full programme and to register. Lunch will be provided and there will be an opportunity on the day to contribute to the cost of refreshments.


Aim of the conference is to reflect theologically on the root causes of the current economic crisis and the response of the churches in terms of their prophetic, pastoral and partnership roles and responsibilities.

Keynote speakers:

  • Ann Pettifor - former head of the Jubilee 2000 debt relief campaign, Campaign Director of Operation Noah and author of The Coming First World Debt Crisis;
  • Bob Goudzwaard - Professor Emeritus of Economics and Social Philosophy at the Free University in Amsterdam, former member of the Dutch parliament and co-author of Hope in Troubled Times: A New Vision for Confronting Global Crises';
  • Theological response from Revd Dave Bookless, Director of A Rocha UK and the Environmental Issues Network and author of "Planetwise".

Plus several other speakers and panel discussion.


Thursday 29 January 2009

MCU Standing Committee

When: 12pm - 4pm

Contact: MCU office


Thursday 5 February 2009

Word on the Street - reading the Bible inclusively

Where: The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire (map)

Cost: £195. Students and those on low income £130. Residential ordinands and stipendiary curates £90.

Information: Inclusive Church

See how Holy Scripture does indeed:

  • call us to a faith in God which draws all people to God
  • root and ground our call on the Anglican Church to live out the promise of Jesus' inclusive Gospel within its three-fold ministries of deacon, priest and bishop
  • celebrate the gifts of all members of the Body of Christ, regardless of their gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

With Workshops, Bible studies, Worship, Plenary, Meals and Bar we think it's going to be an excellent conference. Those of you who came to Drenched in Grace will remember how inspiring it was for many people; we're hoping that this will be even better, with the glitches ironed out and another list of top-notch speakers. The keynote speakers are:

  • Revd Prof Richard Burridge, Dean of King's College, London: SEX, RACE AND INCLUSIVE READING
  • Dr Paula Gooder, Freelance writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies: INCLUSION AND ST PAUL
  • Dr Robert Beckford, Educator, author and award-winning broadcaster: WAS JESUS INCLUSIVE?
  • Revd Dr Sharon Moughtin-Mumby, Curate St Peter's Church, Walworth: INCLUSION IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
  • Canon Giles Goddard, Chair, Inclusive Church: INCLUSION, THE WORLD AND THE CHURCH


Saturday 7 February 2009

Churches Celebrate Darwin

Where: St.James Church and hall, Beauchamp Lane, Cowley, Oxford (map)

When: 12am - 4pm

Cost: £7 includes soup and roll lunch, tea and coffee.

Contact: 01865 762931 or [email protected]

A day conference, to celebrate Charles Darwin's 200th Birthday and to explore his contribution to our world view and its implications for the churches. Speakers are:

  • Revd. Prof. Keith Ward (Gresham professor of Divinity)
  • Revd. Dr. Martyn Percy: (Principal, Rippon College Cuddesdon)
  • Dr. Andrew Gosler: (Lecturer in Conservation Biology at Oxford University)
  • Worship written and led by Revd. Tess Ward (author of The Celtic Wheel of the Year).

Places are limited.


Saturday 7 February 2009

What shall we say?

Where: St Peter's Church, Liverpool Grove, London SE17 2HH (map)

When: 11am - 4pm

Contact: [email protected] or Revd Clare Herbert 07504 577210

Inclusive Church Day Conference on Inclusive Language. This conference will tackle the importance of inclusive language while asking the practical question - how to integrate its use in parish life? With Lucy Winkett, Steven Shakespeare, June Boyce-Tillman, Elizabeth Baxter.


Thursday 12 February 2009

God Bless You Charles Darwin - Reconciling Creation with Evolution

Where: St Bride's Church, Percy Street / Catharine Street, Liverpool L8 7LT (map)

When: 6pm ~ Refreshments from 5.30pm

Information: /

A Darwin Day Lecture by Jonathan Clatworthy, General Secretary of the Modern Churchpeople's Union to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth. Parking available in the Church grounds.


Saturday 14 February 2009

Gather us in - Inclusive Sexual Ethics and Pastoral Care

Centre for the Study of Christianity and Sexuality AGM, Revd Clare Herbert - keynote speaker ~ [email protected]


Thursday 19 February 2009

Wealth Cheque or Health Check - How we respond to the challenges of the recession

Where: David Lecture Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT (map)

When: 6pm for 6.30pm

Cost: £5 per head including buffet. Please make cheques payable to Chaplaincy to People at Work and send to CPW Administrator, c/o 12 Station Road, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LQ

Information: Booking by February 12th latest to [email protected] or phone 01223 276657.

Chairman: Hugh Parnell Local business consultant


  • Prem Sikka Professor of Accounting at Essex University Neville Reyner, President of the British Chambers of Commerce
  • Malcolm Brown Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the Church of England


Monday 23 February 2009

Responses of the Churches to Homophobia

Where: Queen's University Belfast, Main Quad, Lanyon, Room G10N (map)

When: 7.30pm - 9.30pm


Public lecture

  • Dr. Richard O'Leary: The Responses of the Churches to Homophobia
  • Jeremy Marks, Founder and Director of Courage UK: Bringing the Gospel to Gay people and how this will change your Church!


Sunday 1 March 2009

How do we read the Bible?

Where: Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire (map)

When: 6.00pm

Contact: [email protected] or Revd Clare Herbert 07504 577210

Inclusive Church with David Winter and Giles Goddard.


Wednesday 4 March 2009

Inclusive Church Road Show

Where: St George's, Jesmond, Newcastle (map)

When: 6.30pm

Contact: [email protected] or Revd Clare Herbert 07504 577210


Monday 9 - Thursday 13 March 2009

The Spanish Mystics

Where: Sarum College (map)

Contact: Simon 01722 424 827

16th Century Spain has long been seen as a time and place for a unique flourishing of Christian spirituality. The key figures of this movement: Ss Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and Ignatius Loyola are often referred to as 'The Spanish Mystics' in deference to their understanding of the Christian mystical tradition.

In this course we will explore several key questions connected with this movement and their relevance to our world today: 'What exactly do we mean by 'the mystical' and what role does it play in Christian life today?'. 'How important was the multi-cultural ethos of 16th Century Spain in creating 'Spanish Mysticism' and what can it teach us about our present 'clash of civilisations'?'. 'What lies behind the extraordinary literary output of this time and how does it relate to art and culture today?'

All three presenters have long experience of exploring these works and have led many retreats at the home of the Saints in Spain. Their input and the magnificent setting of Salisbury Cathedral Close looks like making this an event not to be missed. It is one of the optional modules of the MA in Christian Spirituality programme and is open to a limited number of non-MA students. There are approximately ten places available and they are allocated on a 'first paid' basis.


Tuesday 10 March 2009

Revolution or Evolution?

Where: Hinde Street Methodist Church, Hinde Street, London W1U 2QJ (map)

When: 7.30pm

Information: Hinde Street Methodist Church Tel: 020 7935 6179

Dion Forster considering the impact of 'emerging church' conversations on the mission and ecclesiology of established churches. Dr Dion Angus Forster is an ordained Minister of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. He is a theologian, teacher and author, and currently serves as a consultant and spiritual advisor to the Global Day of Prayer movement and the movement's founder. He was formerly the Dean of the Seminary of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, John Wesley College, in Kilnerton, Pretoria. His research interests are broad and he has published on a wide variety of issues including African theology, the Southern African philosophy of 'ubuntu', theology and science, human consciousness, religious consciousness, and individual identity, social justice, human rights and marketplace ministry. Admission free.


Friday 13 - Sunday 15 March 2009


Where: Franciscan Retreat Centre, Pantasaph, North Wales CH8 8PE (map)

Cost: £85.00

Contact: Jo Busby 01925 764274 or [email protected]

There are still a few spaces available for this ecumenical weekend. The weekend will be led by Jennifer Holden, a lay woman who works with the team giving retreats, quiet days and spiritual accompaniment at Tabor, a Carmelite Retreat House in Preston. Dreams are a fascinating area for reflection in our spiritual lives. This promises to be a weekend full of insight, with some quiet time and good company.


Wednesday 18 / Thursday 19 March 2009

MCU Council Meeting

Contact: MCU office


Friday 20 - Sunday 22 March 2009

Exploring the Divine Feminine

Where: Holland House Cropthorne, Worcestershire (map)

When: From 4pm onwards on Friday, departures after lunch on Sunday.

Cost: £150 for non-members of LEFT and £145 for members of LEFT. There are a limited number of subsidised places for non-waged women including those on state pensions. The subsidised places are £100. (Subsidised places are funded directly from LEFT funds).

Information: Lesbians Exploring Faith Together

The 2009 LEFT weekend will be an exploration of the divine feminine in world traditions and within ourselves led by Lucy Wintle and Estelle Williams. It will be interactive throughout and will seek to develop our understanding of God as a feminine identity and the divine within all creation.

The weekend will include: presentation, discussion, group work, meditation, prayer, nature walk and the creative arts. Revd Estelle Williams Estelle is an ordained Interfaith Minister and qualified Life Coach. She is particularly interested in working in the areas of enhancing self esteem, change management, thought catching, gratitude, forgiveness and relationship dynamics. Estelle has extensive experience of working with both adults and young people; helping them identify what they really want in life, clarifying their options and keeping them on track. Revd Lucy Wintle Lucy is an ordained Interfaith Minister with a great deal of experiences in conducting services and ceremonies in many different places of worship. As a liturgical deacon in an inclusive church and a regular church goer, she has a close affinity to the Church of England, but believes there are many paths to God. Lucy and Estelle are co founders of the company Rainbow Heart Services which offers exclusive services such as ceremonies and Spiritual counselling to the lesbian and gay community.


Friday 20 March 2009

Inclusive Church Reception and Road Show

Where: Old St Paul's Church, Edinburgh (map)

When: 6.30pm

Contact: [email protected] or Revd Clare Herbert 07504 577210


Friday 20 March 2009

Prayer as an experience of God: within, between and beyond

Where: St Matthias' Church, Church Road, Malvern Link (map)

When: 7.30pm

Cost: Tickets are £6 from The Revd Peter J Knight, The Rectory, 12 Lambourne Avenue, Malvern WR14 1NL (cheques should be made out to St Matthias' DCC). The money raised will be divided equally between Ian Lawton's ministry, Progressive Christianity Network - Britain, and St Matthias' Church.

Information: Peter Knight 01684 566054 or [email protected]

An evening with IAN LAWTON Executive Minister of Christ Community Church, Spring Lake, Michigan, USA ( Many people have their faith renewed or enlivened by the liberating works of Christian speakers and writers like John Shelby Spong, Marcus Borg, Richard Holloway, Matthew Fox ... but possibly the most common question with which their audiences respond is: 'What about prayer?' Ian Lawton is an international speaker who specialises in bringing together progressive theology and spiritual practice. He is an Australian who describes himself as 'seeking a whole life full of mindful love, meditation, diet and exercise. Privileged to be able to make a living from teaching spiritual awareness, deeper intention and conscious activism. An ordained Anglican priest, now independent spiritual teacher.'


Saturday 21 March 2009

Inclusive Church Reception and Road Show

Where: Old St Paul's Church, Edinburgh (map)

When: 6.30pm

Contact: [email protected] or Revd Clare Herbert 07504 577210


Saturday 21 March 2009

PCN Britain Day Conference

Where: The Priory Rooms, Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6AF (map)

Contact: PCN Britain - [email protected]

Surrendering all our certainty: the title of this exciting day event comes from a collect for Ascension Day by Janet Morley. The day will explore, in a variety of ways - thought, interaction, creativity - the freedom and the challenge of living without certainty. Jim Mein is the former Dean on Edinburgh Cathedral and co-ordinates Initial Ministerial Education in that Diocese. Nicola Slee is a research fellow at the Queens Foundation for ecumenical theological education in Birmingham and is a poet, theologian and liturgist. Ian Lawton is the minister of Christ Community Church in West Michigan and formerly of St Matthew-in-the-City in Auckland, New Zealand.


Tuesday 24 March 2009

Andrew Shanks speaks on Gillian Rose

Where: Room M35, 1st floor, Main Building, Edge Hill University, Greater Merseyside (map)

When: 7.30pm


Contact: Please email Revd Canon Dr Rod Garner a.s.a.p. if you would like to join us.

Andrew Shanks, Canon Theologian of Manchester Cathedral to come along to Edge Hill University will introduce his new book on Gillian Rose. Rose was probably the most original and influential philosopher of the Continental tradition. She died young and was baptised on her death bed. The daughter of Polish Jews, who lost many family members in the Holocaust, she was a first rate thinker with deep sympathies for the Jewish and Christian faith.


Friday 27 - Sunday 29 March 2009

Gay Spirit UK Retreat

Where: Monkton Wyld Court, Charmouth, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6DG (map)

Contact: Andrew Woodgate [email protected]

A weekend for time-out in gay space. Time away from the everyday pressures of a busy life, to be walk in share your talk with other gay be nourished...simply to be. The retreat is open to all gay men interested in deepening their spiritual links within themselves and with other gay men.


Monday 30 - Friday 3 April March 2009

Dancing with Death, Laughing with Life

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

Cost: £450 (course fee + dinner, bed and breakfast).

This will be John Shelby Spong's final visit to St Deiniol's Library to lecture. He will reflect on death and the afterlife. This is the last opportunity to spend a week with one of the most controversial contemporary church figures and one of the most erudite exponents of scripture.


Wednesday 1 - Sunday 5 April 2009

Paschal Clown

Where: Ringsfield Hall, Suffolk (map)

Cost: Enquiries about the course and bursaries [email protected]

Information: General, accommodation [email protected]

The journey begins on April Fool's Day and weaves through themes of betrayal, loss, reconciliation, rebirth and joy, discovering how the inner clown in ourselves can meet both the everyday and grand dramas of life. It explores Easter's universal themes from an intriguing and non religious perspective. People of all faiths and non are honoured and welcome to play in the mystery. With meditation, silence, movement, breath, poetry, story, music, theatre and clown exercises, time outdoors and space for individual reflection, the course develops vivid communion with the natural world, warm community, open hearts, relaxed and energised bodies, confidence, self acceptance and freedom. Previous experience is irrelevant. Reborn each moment, the clown, like us, is often in new territory. This course helps the heart to stay open; even to laugh in dark times. For peacemakers it's an artistic approach to reconciliation; for storytellers it's the essential between and behind the words; and for everyone this is the spirit divine inviting us to joy.


Thursday 2 April 2009

Inclusive Church Lenten Lecture

Where: Liverpool Parish Church (map)

When: 1.00pm

Contact: [email protected] or Revd Clare Herbert 07504 577210

Revd Canon Giles Goddard


Monday 6 - Sunday 12 April 2009

Easter Retreat - interior pilgrimage of the Easter mysteries

Where: Bere Island, West Cork, Ireland (map)

Contact: 00 44 (0)208 449 1319 [email protected] or [email protected]

Pierre Corcoran of the World Community of Christian Meditation would like to invite you to the Bere Island Easter Retreat in West Cork, Ireland, led by Laurence Freeman OSB. The retreat will be an interior pilgrimage of the Easter mysteries as they unfold in Holy Week and particularly the Easter Triduum - the sacred days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. There will be regular meditation periods, talks by Fr Laurence, the Easter liturgies with the island people and time for solitude, walks and reading.

All are invited though some sessions will be particularly addressed to younger people (20-45). There will be a group of younger meditators (20-45) going from London. If you are of this age group and wish to travel (plane and rented car) and share budget island accommodation with us please contact me.


Wednesday 8 - Sunday 12 April 2009

Alternative Holy Week Retreat

Where: Grail Barn Centre on the Shropshire/Wales border (map)

Contact: 01588 620779

Facilitated by Revd Jonathan Robinson (Anglican) and Fr Adrian Smith (RC)


Saturday 18 April 2009

The Fifth Alan Bray Memorial Lecture

Where: St Anne's Church, 55 Dean Street, London W1D 6AF (map)

When: 2pm

Cost: Admission, which includes the costs of a drinks reception after the event is 15, or 20 if you pay at the door on the day (in either case, 7.50 for the unwaged)

The 2009 Lecture will be delivered by Professor Margaret Farley RSM on Sacrament of Desire with a response by Terry Prendergast, Chief Executive, Marriage Care.


Tuesday 21 April 2009

Understanding Religion in modern Europe/Britain

Where: Hinde Street Methodist Church, Hinde Street, London W1U 2QJ (map)

When: 7.30pm

Cost: Admission Free.

Grace Davie. Grace Davie has a personal Chair in Sociology of Religion in the University of Exeter. She is a past-president of the American Association for the Sociology of Religion (2003) and of the Research Committee 22 (Sociology of Religion) of the International Sociology Association (2002-06). In the 2000-01 she was the Kerstin-Hesselgren Professor in the University of Uppsala, where she returned for the 2006-07 academic session. In 2005 she spent a semester researching and teaching at Hartford Seminary, CT. In addition to numerous chapters and articles, she is the author of Religion in Britain since 1945 (Blackwell 1994), Religion in Modern Europe: a memory Mutates (OUP 2000), Europe: The Exceptional Case (DLT 2002) and The Sociology of Religion (Sage 2007); she is co-editor of Predicting Religion (Ashgate 2003) and co-author of Religious America, Secular Europe (Ashgate 2008). She is lay Canon of the Diocese of Europe and served on the Doctrine Commission that produced Being Human: A Christian Understanding of Personhood in 2003.


Thursday 23 April 2009

Being black in Britain - what does it take to succeed?

Where: St Martin in the Fields, London (map)

When: 2.00pm - 5.30pm


Contact: [email protected]

Overcoming barriers in society and church to success for black and minority ethnic people. An afternoon conference hosted by the Association of Black Clergy.


Saturday 25 April 2009

The World to come ...Global responses to global threats

Where: Centre for Radical Christianity, St Marks Church, Sheffield (map)



  • Paul Rodgers, Professor of Peace Studies, Bradford University
  • Simon Barrow, Ekklesia
  • Philip Austin, Northern Friends Peace Board


Saturday 25 April 2009

Transfigurations - LGCM Annual Meeting

Where: The Drill Hall, 16 Chenies Street, London WC1E 7EX (map)

When: 9.30am - 5.30pm

Information: Booking LGCM ~

With performance activist Peterson Toscano and author/theologians Adrian Thatcher and Lisa Isherwood.


Tuesday 28 - Monday 4 May April 2009

Europe, art and spirituality - building up an intercultural identity

Where: Tulln, Austria (map)

When: 9.30am - 5.30pm

Information: Booking LGCM ~

The Topic: As the image of God, creativity is one of the most divine characteristics in human beings. Different expressions such as music, visual art and poetry play key roles in all Christian traditions, offering experiences of holiness and opportunities to sense a piece of the beauty of the Kingdom of Heaven. Art and religion have been used to express human experience of the absolute and the meaning of existence throughout history. They provide a medium and voice to examine European society, as well as to appreciate the variety in this multinational continent. Art is closely linked to society. Each of us is influenced by art. Each one of us can also influence through art from his/her own background and culture. We invite you to explore and experience the themes of art, spirituality and society with us in the picturesque town of Tulln, near the beautiful historical city of Vienna.

The Thematic Program: Through interactive sessions, we will study the intertwining relations of art, spirituality and society. We will approach the themes through various methods such as lectures, group discussions, role-plays, bible studies and more. We will also practice different forms of art in workshops led by experts and participants. We aim to create a space where everyone feels free to express her/his opinion, as WSCF is an ecumenical organisation that supports diversity in areas of gender, denomination, background, etc. No background experience or specific artistic skill is required. Come as you are.


Tuesday 28 - Saturday 2 May April 2009

Iona Retreat Journeying Together - Going Deep

Contact: [email protected] or 07932 145151

Only a few places left!


Friday 1 - Sunday 3 May 2009

Relational Theology Conference

Where: University of Winchester in association with Winchester Cathedral (map)

Cost: £115 to include access to all conference events, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner (including a special Conference Dinner on Saturday). Some bursaries may be available. Cheques should be made payable to The University of Winchester. At the time of booking a comprehensive list of accommodation in Winchester will be provided.

Contact: Prof. Lisa Isherwood - [email protected]

The conference aims to explore the concept of the emerging divine within human and non-human relationality. It asks questions about the divine dance within, between and around us and offers space for reflection on the ethical and theological implications of this dance.

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Carter-Heyward, Episcopal Divinity School
  • Prof. Catherine Keller, Drew University

Other speakers include Prof. Mary Grey, Prof Emerita University of Wales, Lampeter and author of Sacred Longings: Ecofeminist Theology and Globalization; Dr Anne Primavesi, author of Gaia and Climate Change; Dr Beverley Clack, Reader in Philosophy of Religion, Oxford Brookes; Dr Mary Condren, Director of The Institute of Feminism and Religion, Eire; Prof. Maaike de Haardt, University of Utrecht; Fr. Diarmuid O'Murchu, author of Quantum Theology and Catching up with Jesus; and Rev. James Atwell, Dean of Winchester Cathedral. The conference will include a liturgy in the Cosmic Garden at the University. Places are limited.


Saturday 2 May 2009

Affirming Catholicism Festival

Where: Leeds (map)

Contact: [email protected]

With Bishop John Flack (details to follow)


Tuesday 12 May 2009

Sedition, subversion and anarchy: the church's emerging political mission

Where: Hinde Street Methodist Church, Hinde Street, London W1U 2QJ (map)

When: 7.30pm

Cost: Admission Free


Jonathan Bartley. Jonathan is co-director of the religious think-tank Ekklesia, and is a regular commentator in the press, on television and radio relating to issues of faith and politics. He is the author of a number of books including 'The Subversive Manifesto' (BRF: 2005) and 'Faith and Politics After Christendom' (Paternoster, 2006). He worked in the House of Commons for four years, and although he is not a Tory, found himself part of John Major's campaign team in the 1995 Conservative Party leadership election. He was general secretary of the cross-party Movement for Christian Democracy from 1997-2001 before he founded Ekklesia in 2002.


Friday 15 - Sunday 17 May 2009

PCN Britain's St Deiniol's Weekend

Where: St Deiniol's Library, Harwarden (map)


Jim Cotter, a member and one of our patrons, will lead the weekend. Creative liturgist and theologian, and a campaigner for inclusivity before the word was even known, Jim led the weekend for us several years ago and returns by popular demand. We have booked all of the space at St Deiniol's that weekend, so there is room for forty people to come. Full information (including the price when we have calculated it) will be available after the summer, but you can book a place now so as to be sure of getting one. St Deiniol's Library


Saturday 16 May 2009

Faith, Homophobia, Transphobia and Human rights

Where: The Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL (map)

When: 9am - 5pm

Information: Book online at

A conference for people of all faiths and none following-up a ground-breaking 2007 event which unanimously affirmed and celebrated values of human equality and social justice, rooted in the best of faith traditions and shared by all who are committed to a fully human vision of a transformed society. The day will counter onslaughts on LGBT Goods and Services rights, confront exemptions to equality legislation in employment and education, challenge homophobia and transphobia in faith schools, and build alliances between people of faith and all those concerned with promoting social equality and cohesion.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Marilyn McCord Adams, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford;
  • Amanullah De Sondy, Islamic Studies, Dept. of Theology, University of Glasgow;
  • Maria Eagle, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Government Equalities Office and Ministry of Justice;
  • Giles Fraser, Vicar of Putney, Lecturer in Philosophy, Wadham College Oxford, and Guardian columnist;
  • Trevor Phillips, Chairperson, Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Other speakers to be confirmed, as well as a range of workshops on current issues.

About the conference: This conference is managed by a Steering Group representing the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, Interfaith Alliance UK, and the TUC LGBT Committee. Supporting organisations so far include: The Centre for the Study of Christianity and Sexuality, Student Christian Movement, Association of Teachers and Lecturers, Progressive British Muslims, Liberal Judaism, a :gender, Roman Catholic Caucus - LGCM, Evangelical Fellowship for Lesbian and Gay Christians, LGBT Consortium.

VERY IMPORTANT: Before you book for the conference, please make sure you have read, understood and accept the Terms and Conditions.


Saturday 16 May 2009

Inclusive Church Roadshow

Where: St Peter's Church, St Peter's Gate, Nottingham (map)

When: 12.00 - 3.30pm

Cost: This event is free; a retiring collection will be taken to cover costs.

Information: Details and map from

Contact: To book a place, please phone Adele or Wendy on 0115 948 3658

Speakers: Revd Clare Herbert, National Coordinator of Inclusive Church, and Revd John Plant, Trustee of Inclusive Church, President of MCU and Team Rector of Market Bosworth and Sheepy Magna. Free buffet lunch will be served at 12 noon. All welcome!


Sunday 17 May 2009


Information: Organised by Changing Attitude Ireland

Where: St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork at 7pm

Where: Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin at 3.30pm

Where: St George's Church, High Street, Belfast at 3pm

International Day Against Homophobia Services. All welcome.


Friday 22 - Sunday 24 May 2009

Retreat Weekend for Gay Christian Men

Where: Emmaus House, Clifton Hill, Bristol BS8 1BN (map)

Cost: £145

Information: [email protected] or visit

Led by Joe McGee, MSC "Always our truest self cries out to be known, loved, embraced, welcomed without judgement, and integrated into the way we live. When we open the door to go inside, God is there in the temple of our soul, in the ashram of our heart, in the cathedral of our being." Joyce Rupp, "Open the Door; A Journey to the True Self"

During this weekend gay Christian men will be given ample opportunity to share their stories and experiences in a spirit of mutual respect and confidentiality. It is hoped that participants will find renewed strength and confidence in the joy of their Christian identity. The weekend will be comprised of short input sessions and quiet time as well as that all-important time to socialise.


Monday 1 - Friday 5 June 2009

Discovering Celtic Christianity

Where: Ammerdown Centre, Ammerdown Park, Radstock, Somerset BA3 5SW (map)


Contact: [email protected]

With Sister Elizabeth Rees, writer and lecturer on Spirituality. She is the author of 'Celtic Saints, Passionate Wanderers', 'Celtic Saints in the Landscape' and other books on Celtic Christianity. With her guidance, we will explore the lives of the Celtic Saints and also visit sites where they lived and worked. Two field trips are being planned: one to Wales and one in Somerset.


Monday 1 June 2009

Present and Engaged: Christian congregations in multi-faith contexts

Where: The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, 2 Butcher Row, London E14 8DS (map)

When: 10am - 4pm

Cost: £50 (including lunch)


A study day with The Most Revd and Rt Hon Rowan Williams, Luke Bretherton and Ann Morisy ~ Contextual Theology Centre


Wednesday 3 June 2009

MCU Standing Committee

When: 12pm - 4pm

Contact: MCU office


Saturday 6 June 2009

Affirming Liberalism Second Annual Day Conference

Where: Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford (map)

Cost: £25 per person.


Speakers will include Canon Professor Keith Ward, formerly of Oxford University, speaking about Scientific Faith and Religious Understanding, and Canon Professor Martyn Percy, Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, speaking about Why Liberal Churches are Growing. A third speaker is to be confirmed. Open to everyone including groups and individuals. Space is limited and places are expected to fill up quickly. Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford


Monday 8 - Wednesday 10 June 2009

Impact: The Churches' Media Conference 2009

Where: Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire (map)

Information: There are more details at, where you can book online.

The theme of this year's Churches' Media Conference is Impact. What impact are the media having on society? What impact can people of faith have on the media? The opening keynote address will be given by Baroness Patricia Scotland, the Attorney General. She will be speaking about Faith in the Public Space. Baroness Scotland is a leading member of the cabinet as well as a committed Roman Catholic. At a time when the place of faith in the public sphere is being questioned we are honoured to have the country's chief law officer with us to address the issue. We will also be joined by Philip Graf who chairs the OFCOM Content Board. As such he has responsibility for the regulation of quality and standards on television and radio. He will take part in a conversation about The Future of Public Service Broadcasting with the BBC's Media Correspondent Torin Douglas. These distinguished speakers join a fantastic line-up of contributors including broadcaster Ed Stourton, gaming expert Paul Jackson and broadcaster and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli. If you care about faith and the media it's simply unmissable.

The conference is organised by the Churches' Media Council and supported by our friends at Bible Society.


Tuesday 9 June 2009

Fresh expressions of God. The God who runs up the road to meet us, and then...

Where: Hinde Street Methodist Church, Hinde Street, London W1U 2QJ (map)

When: 7.30pm

Cost: Admission Free


Trevor Dennis is Vice Dean at Chester Cathedral. He was once a chaplain at Eton College, and then tutor in Old Testament Studies at Salisbury and Wells Theological College and Vice Principal. He has published four books on Old Testament narratives, two on stories from the New Testament, a children's Bible, and five collections of story and verse sermons. Passionate about the Bible, he believes we should be entirely honest about both its bright treasures and its all too many images of a tyrannical and abusive God, and strive to come to terms with the God presented by the life and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth.


Saturday 13 June 2009

All of Us

Where: Church of the Resurrection, Churchway, Macclesfield (map)

When: 6.30pm

Contact: [email protected] or Revd Clare Herbert 07504 577210

Inclusive Church Road Show.


Saturday 13 June 2009

Whaley Hall, Community of the King of Love
40th anniversary

Where: Whaley Hall, Reservoir Road, Whaley Bridge, High Peak SK23 7BL (map)

When: 4pm on the Feast of Corpus Christi

Information: (downloads)


Monday 15 June 2009

Prayer and Prophecy: The Essential Kenneth Leech

Where: The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, 2 Butcher Row, London E14 8DS (map)

When: 10am - 4pm

Cost: Afternoon seminar £15. Evening event and drinks reception free of charge.


The official launch of a reader of Ken Leech's work - published by the Contextual Theology Centre (of which he is a fellow) and Darton, Longman and Todd.


Monday 15 June 2009

Women Bishops - The Real Threat

Where: St Pancras Church, (Euston Road) Upper Woburn Place NW1 2BA (map)

When: 7pm - 9pm

Information: [email protected]

"The current proposed legislation will allow women to be appointed as bishops but would perpetuate sexism and misogyny in the Church of England. We must not allow women-bishops to be a separate, inferior species of bishop". A talk and discussion led by HILARY COTTON.

Hilary Cotton, specialist in women's leadership development, will speak about the current proposals and the compromises that they involve. The evening will provide an opportunity to understand and evaluate the key issues that have arisen as a result of the Legislative Drafting Groups proposals for admitting women to the Episcopate.


Saturday 20 June 2009

Affirming Catholicism National Pilgrimage

Where: St Albans Cathedral (map)

Contact: Secretary David Thunder [email protected]

The Feast of St Alban.


Saturday 20 June 2009

Faith in a Darwinian World

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

When: From 10.30am

Cost: £10 including coffee and tea. Lunch available at extra charge.

Contact: R.G.Martin 01244 535152 or [email protected]

MCU North West Conference led by Dr Stephen Lewis, Department of Biology, University of Chester.

  • 10.30am Gather for coffee
  • 10.50am Devotions
  • 11.00am Christian Responses to Science - too Apologetic or too Radical?
  • 11.30am The Bible - 'Word of God' or 'Word of Warning'?
  • 12noon Are we 'Fallen Angels' or 'Risen Apes' (and is there any Substantive Difference?)
  • 12.30pm Lunch
  • 2.00pm Is Science a Bigger Problem for Religion than Religion is for Science?
  • 2.30pm Finding Security in Uncertainty
  • 3.00pm Tea

Each session will consist of a brief essay followed by discussion. At the end of the day, we should expect to go away not with all our problems solved (or even any of them solved). Instead we should leave having encountered new questions or having seen old questions in new ways.


Monday 6 - Friday 10 July 2009

Tomorrow's Faith - A new Framework For Christian Belief

Where: Ammerdown Centre, Ammerdown Park, Radstock, Somerset BA3 5SW (map)


Contact: [email protected]


Tuesday 14 - Friday 17 July 2009

Perfect Freedom: Liberal Faith Today and Tomorrow

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



Thursday 27 - Monday 31 August 2009

Yorkshire art, walking and creativity

Where: Marsett Barn, near Bainbridge, North Yorkshire (map)

Information: PDFArt and Spirituality Network

Contact: John Harley [email protected]

A creative retreat with opportunities for walking the landscape, drawing, watercolour, clay, pastels, cooking, gentle body movement, ritual, storytelling and journaling.


Tuesday 15 - Thursday 17 September 2009

The work and legacy of John Oman (1860-1939)

Where: Westminster College, Cambridge, UK (map)

Contact: Revd Dr Adam Hood, The Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Somerset Road, Birmingham, B15 2QH, [email protected]


Friday 2 - Sunday 4 October 2009

Friary of St Francis: Living in Gratitude and Peace

Where: Hilfield, Dorchester DT2 7BE (map)


Contact: Sarah Hargreaves at [email protected] or tel: 01300 341741

Franciscan Wisdom for a Global Future led by Brother Samuel SSF.


Saturday 3 October 2009

CBTI Living Spirituality Network - Gathering 2009

Where: Carrs lane Church Centre, Birmingham (map)

When: 10am - 4pm

Cost: £25. Tea/coffee/juice will be provided on arrival and at lunch but please bring your own lunch.


Contact: The Administrator [email protected] or tel: 01908 200675

'Story and Meaning' with Gethin Abraham-Williams and Eley McAinsh.


Saturday 3 October 2009

WATCH (London) - Quiet Day

Where: Ham Convent, 56 Ham Common, Richmond, Surrey TW10 7JH (map)

When: 10am - 4pm

Information: Please let Martin Carr know if you will be coming - [email protected]

The day will be taken by the Revd Imogen Nay of Southwark. Imogen trained at Westcott and is now a curate in Surbiton.


Monday 5 - Wednesday 7 October 2009

Inclusive Church - Word on the Street: the Bible in our faith and life

Where: The Hayes Centre, Swanwick (map)

Contact: [email protected] or Revd Clare Herbert 07504 577210

Inclusive Church Second National Residential Conference.


Saturday 10 October 2009

Sea of Faith - A Scientist's Testimony: A Religious Stance?

Where: Quaker Meeting House, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT (map)

When: 1pm - 4pm

Cost: £2.

A talk by Helen Bellamy, Ph.D, recent retired from F.E. in Yorkshire and a Trustee of SOF's National Network.


Friday 16 - Sunday 18 October 2009

Friary of St Francis: Buddhist-Christian Weekend

Where: Hilfield, Dorchester DT2 7BE (map)


Contact: Sarah Hargreaves at [email protected] or tel: 01300 341741

Led by Elizabeth West and Katie Morrow.


Saturday 17 October 2009

Tomorrow's Christian: Seeking new ways to understand God and the art of meditation

Where: South Craven Baptist Church, Near Skipton BD20 7LL (map)

When: 10.00 - 4.00

Information: David Warrington 01535 637012 or [email protected]

A day conference with Adrian Smith M.Afr M.A. If you are interested in re-thinking your beliefs in a way that is open and explorative, and that links in with a spirituality that is reflective yet active then this day is for you.


Monday 19 October 2009

Tomorrow's Christian: Seeking new ways to understand God and the art of meditation

Where: The New Beehive, Westgate, Bradford BD1 3AA (map)

When: 10.00 - 3.00 (For clergy and church leaders)

Information: David Warrington 01535 637012 or [email protected]

A day conference with Adrian Smith M.Afr M.A. If you are interested in re-thinking your beliefs in a way that is open and explorative, and that links in with a spirituality that is reflective yet active then this day is for you.


Tuesday 20 October 2009

PCN - Bishop Jack Spong tour
Eternal Life: A New Vision

Where: Colchester (map)

When: 7.30pm



Wednesday 21 October 2009

PCN - Bishop Jack Spong tour
Eternal Life: A New Vision

Where: Sheffield (map)

When: 7.30pm



Thursday 22 October 2009

PCN - Bishop Jack Spong tour
Eternal Life: A New Vision

Where: Edinburgh (map)

When: 7.30pm



Friday 23 - Sunday 25 October 2009

Friary of St Francis - Living Gladly: Women of Faith and Today's World

Where: Hilfield, Dorchester DT2 7BE (map)


Contact: Sarah Hargreaves at [email protected] or tel: 01300 341741

Led by Sister Helen Julian CSF.


Saturday 24 October 2009

PCN - Bishop Jack Spong tour
Eternal Life: A New Vision

Where: London (map)

When: 10.45am


Day conference.


Monday 26 October 2009

PCN - Bishop Jack Spong tour
Eternal Life: A New Vision

Where: Exeter (map)

When: 7.30pm



Saturday 7 November 2009

St Marks CRC - Embracing the other: Jesus, Identity and Inclusivity

Where: St Marks, Broomhill, Sheffield (map)



Saturday 7 November 2009

Alister Hardy Society - Open Day and AGM

Where: Harris Manchester College, Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TD (map)

Contact: Anne Watkins - [email protected]

Includes Alister Hardy Memorial Lecture by Professor Cafer S Yaran 'Religious Experience in Contemporary Turkey', a Celebration Lunch, and 'Reminiscences of St Alister and the early beginning of the Society'.


Saturday 7 November 2009

Christian Ecology Link - Conference 2009

Where: St Mary's Church, Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1DQ (map)

When: 11am - 5pm

Cost: £15 to include lunch.


Contact: [email protected] or tel: 01404 811067

'Transition Towns - Getting Involved'. Speakers: Tim Gorringe, Ben Brangwyn, Martyn Goss, Sara Drew, plus workshops in venues around the town led by Br Sam SSF, Martyn Goss and the Sustainable Ottery group.


Wednesday 11 November 2009

** Debate in Parliament ** - The Application of sex discrimination legislation to religious organisations

Where: Westminster Hall, London (map)

When: 3.30pm - 5.00pm

This debate has been arranged by Robert Key, MP for Salisbury, on behalf of WATCH to draw attention to the fact the Church is outside Sex Discrimination Legislation.


Thursday 12 November 2009

MCU NW - Day conference to discuss Assisted Dying

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

When: 10.15am - 3.30pm

Cost: £10 (includes tea/coffee). Lunch is available at the Library.

Information: Please inform Richard Martin by 2 November if you intend to come - [email protected] or tel: 01244 530343.

With Very Revd Professor Gordon McPhate, Dean of Chester and a former Pathologist, and Dr Oenone Wollaston, a Christian G.P.


Friday 13 - Sunday 15 November 2009

Friary of St Francis - Jesus, Climate and Earth: Inclusive Discipleship

Where: Hilfield, Dorchester DT2 7BE (map)


Contact: Sarah Hargreaves at [email protected] or tel: 01300 341741

Led by Edward Echlin.


Friday 20 - Sunday 22 November 2009

Friary of St Francis - A Certain Slant of Light

Where: Hilfield, Dorchester DT2 7BE (map)


Contact: Sarah Hargreaves at [email protected] or tel: 01300 341741

A weekend of poetry writing with Elizabeth Cook and Br Kevin SSF.


Sunday 29 November 2009

St Paul's Cathedral - Advent Processional Service

Where: St Paul's Cathedral, London (map)

When: 6pm to 7pm

Information: All welcome, no tickets required.

To mark the beginning of the Advent season, the Cathedral Choir sings by candlelight in two identical services, moving through a darkened Cathedral. Scripture and poetry, together with evocative music, make this one of the most profound and dramatic experiences of the year.


Monday 30 November 2009

St Paul's Cathedral - Advent Processional Service

Where: St Paul's Cathedral, London (map)

When: 6pm to 7pm

Information: All welcome, no tickets required.

To mark the beginning of the Advent season, the Cathedral Choir sings by candlelight in two identical services, moving through a darkened Cathedral. Scripture and poetry, together with evocative music, make this one of the most profound and dramatic experiences of the year.


Saturday 5 December 2009

Christian Ecology Link - A Time to Pray and March: 'The Wave'

Where: Central Hall, Westminster, London SW1H 9NH (map)

When: Service at 11am. March departs at 1pm.


A Christian service followed by a peaceful, family-friendly march around the Thames. Please wear blue or bring blue banners to join 'The Wave'. The Archbishop of Canterbury will preach. The Archbishop of Westminster will be present and, with other church leaders, will lead us out to join the Stop Climate Chaos march. The march will stop when we are in place over Westminster and Lambeth bridges and the Albert Embankment. At 3pm we all wave our blue banners for 'The Wave'!


Saturday 12 December 2009

LGCM Carol Service - London

Where: St Botolph's Church, Aldgate, London EC3N 1AB (map)

When: 3pm


'One Light, many flames' The service will be followed by an opportunity for fellowship with mince pies and mulled wine.


Saturday 12 December 2009

LGCM Carol Service - Dublin

Where: Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green, Dublin (map)

When: 8pm

Information: 11th Annual Christmas Carol Service for the LGBT Community, Families and Friends. Guest Speaker: Fr Bernard Lynch.

Contact: Brian Glennon