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How a better understanding of what took place 500 years ago in Wittenberg, can draw people and churches closer together. This conference looks from a range of denominational perspectives at key issues of Reformation in order to engage from a different angle in a fruitful area of ecumenical discussion. This conference is organised in association  Council of Lutheran Churches, UK

St Edmund Hall - Oxford

    17 JUNE 2017, Saturday


  10.00 Arrival and registration and coffee/tea

  10.30 Opening Prayer, Welcome and Introduction (Revd. Elizabeth Welch SfES Chair)

  10.45 Prof Dr Henrike Lähnemann – ‘Singing the Reformation. A Historical and Practical Introduction

  12.00 Prof Andrew Louth – ‘Does the Orthodox Church need a reformation?’ (Revd. Alvyn Pettersen, SfES)

  13.15 – 14.00 Lunch break (sandwiches and light refreshment provided)

  14.00 Prof John Milbank - 'Was the Reformation the cause or a symptom of Christian decline in the West?'

  15.15 Short break

  15.30 Plenary discussion 

  Conclusion     (Summary by David Carter - SfES Newsletter Editor)

  16:30 Closing prayer in the college chapel

 John Milbank is Emeritus Reserach Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics of the University of Nottingham. He previously taught at the universities of  Lancaster, Cambridge and Virginia. His most well-known book is Theology and Social Theory and most recent (with Adrian Pabst) The Politics of Virtue.

 Henrike Lähnemann holds the Chair in Medieval German Literature and Linguistics at the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of St Edmund Hall. She  coordinates several Reformation related projects in Oxford, concentrating on the impact the Reformation had through singing and printing.

 Andrew Louth, Professor Emeritus of Durham University, UK, and Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Theology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam; archpriest of the  Russian Orthodox Church, belonging to the Diocese of Sourozh (Moscow Patriarchate), serving the parish in Durham.  Patristics scholar, with interests in  philosophy, history, and Orthodox theology.  Some recent books: Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition (ed. 2, 2006), Greek East and Latin West: the  Church ad 681–1071 (2007), Modern Orthodox Thinkers: from the Philokalia to the present (2015).


SfES Study Day 

08 OCTOBER 2016 

“Exploring Current Paths to Unity” 

Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of  

Holy Family in Exile

22 Binney St. (near Bond St. Tube station)

London, W1K 5BQ


Main Speakers:

peter tyler: Ecumenical Psychology

brandon Gallaher: The Orthodox Synod in Crete

Short Talks:

David Carter: Catholic/Methodist Dialogue May 2016

Elizabeth Welch: International Reformed/Anglican Dialogue September 2016: The Nature of Communion

MARK WOODRUFF: The Ukrainian Catholic Church's Commitment to Unity


   Arrival and registration from 10:30 am

   Welcome and Introduction by Society’s Chair, Revd Elizabeth Welch

   Prof Peter Tyler - ‘Ecumenical Psychology’ - starting at 11 am

   Lunch break/informal discussions – staring at around 12:15 pm

Short papers followed by Round Tables from 1 pm on

                                Starting at 2:30 pm

   "2016 Morris Lecture in association with Society of St John Chrysostom"

   Dr. Brandon Gallaher‘The Orthodox Moment: The Holy and Great Council in Crete and Orthodoxy's Encounter with the West’

   Plenary discussion and Q&A session

   Conclusion and plans for the future Study Days

   Liturgy in Greek-Catholic tradition, followed by a Reception - start at 4 pm (everyone is invited and welcomed to attend)


  Talk 1: What is it about religion that drives people into extremism and hardened positions? In his talk Prof Peter Tyler will look at the current religious climate and how an 'ecumenical psychology' can be developed. As well as being the Professor of Pastoral Theology and Spirituality at St Mary's Catholic University in Twickenham, Prof Tyler is a registered psychotherapist. He has had a long engagement in both ecumenism and the interaction of psychology and spirituality. His latest book, 'The Pursuit of the Soul: Psychoanalysis, Soul-making and the Christian Tradition' is published by T & T Clark (2016).

  Talk 2: Dr Brandon Gallaher is a lecturer of Systematic and Comparative Theology at the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Exeter. From 2011-2014, he was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford. He also has held visiting research fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA) and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Study of Monotheistic Religions (CISMOR), Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan). His revised doctoral thesis was recently published as Freedom and Necessity in Modern Trinitarian Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). He served as a Subject Expert for the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the recent Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete in June 2016. In his talk he will give an overview of the Council with both its difficulties and opportunities with attention to its importance for ecumenical encounter.


SfES Annual conference on the theme of 

Theological Anthropology

Mount Street Jesuit Centre

London, W1K 3AY

13 FEBRUARY 2016 

Main Speakers: 

Revd Dr susan durber



     Arrival and registration from 10 am

     Welcome, Introduction and Opening Prayer

     Fr Christopher Knight -Theological Anthropology: ‘Orthodox Perspectives’

   Lunch break

     Revd Dr Susan Durber – ‘What are human beings that you are mindful of us?’ (Psalm 8:4) – Ecumenical questions in theological anthropology

   Plenary discussion and Q&A session

     Short papers followed by Round Tables


     Closing Prayer in the Farm St. church

  Revd Dr Susan Durber, is a minister of the United Reformed Church, formerly Principal of Westminster College Cambridge, presently serving as Theology Advisor at Christian Aid. She is also Moderator of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches. Recent publications include a book on Poverty in Inclusive Church Resource book series  and also two Christian Aid reports: Of the same flesh: exploring a theology of gender (July, 2014) and Song of the prophets: a global theology of climate change (November, 2014)

  Fr Christopher C. Knight, is rector of the Orthodox parish of the Holy Transfiguration, Great Walsingham, Executive Secretary of the International Society for Science and Religion, and a Research Associate of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge. He is the author of numerous papers and book chapters and of two books in the Fortress Press's "Theology and the Sciences" series: "Wrestling with the Divine: Religion, Science, and Revelation" and "The God of Nature: Incarnation and Contemporary Science”

 Receiving Ecumenical Documents. With particular reference to The Church: Towards a Common Vision, the newly published WCC Faith and Order document - The Society's 24 hour Conference in September 2013
with Dame Mary Tanner, The Revd Canon Dr David Hewlett, The Revd Dr David Oakley, and a panel of National Ecumenical Officers and representatives
The Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, Tuesday 10 – Wednesday 11 September 2013. For more information and registration, please email the the Secretary.
1700th Anniversary of the Edict of Milan. The Origins of Tolerance: The Flourishing of Political and Theological Debate from 313 to 381 - Spring Meeting 2013
with The Most Reverend Kevin McDonald, , Archbishop Emeritus of Southwark, and with a response by The Revd Andrew Bowden, from Faith in Europe.
St Ethelburga's Centre, London, Monday 10 June 2013.
50th Anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council: An Appreciation of its Ecumenical Significance - Autumn Meeting 2012
with Charles Freeman, author of AD381, and with a response by The Revd Dr James Hawkey, , Minor Canon and Sacrist, Westminster Abbey.
Heythrop College, University of London, Thursday 11 October 2012.
A Private View of The Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art - Summer Event 2012
with The Revd Graham Kent, Professor of Early Modern History, Secretary to the Trustees of the Collection
Methodist Central Hall, Wednesday 22 August 2012.
  The Ecumenical Significance of the King James Bible - Autumn Lecture 2011
with Professor Pauline Croft MA (Oxon) DPhil. FSA FRHistS, Professor of Early Modern History, Royal Holloway, University of London - to mark the 400th Anniversary
Methodist Central Hall Chapel, Monday, September 26th 2011.
  The Ecumenical Theology of Rowan Williams - Spring Meeting 2011
with Dame Mary Tanner and Fr Oliver Rafferty SJ
Westminster Abbey, Thursday, June 9th in the Jerusalem Chamber
By kind invitation of the Dean.
 One in Christ
The twice yearly Catholic review for Church Unity - further details and how to subscribe can be found on the One in Christ website.

Week of Prayer PDF leaflet for the Unity of Christians
based on the writings of Paul Couturier
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