The University of Aberdeen is now announcing that they are accepting applications for a full three-year fee waiver (either a UK or international student) for a doctoral project in the area of theological ethics. The project will be supervised by Dr Michael Mawson and Prof Stanley Hauerwas, and will begin in October 2015.

Proposed PhD topic: Theological Ethics and Contemporary Problems

Brief description of the topic and what the research would entail

What insights can the tradition of theological and Western philosophical ethics offer for engaging the most pressing ethical problems and dilemmas today? This funding will provide an opportunity for a student to undertake research addressing this question. In particular, applicants should propose projects that draw upon a prominent theologian(s) from the Christian tradition—e.g. Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Barth, Bonhoeffer—to engage in depth and constructively with a particular issue or problem of contemporary relevance. Such issues or problems might include the environmental crisis, issues of state surveillance, the impact of new social media, the use of military drones in the war on terror, the human impact of the recent financial crisis, etc.

To Apply:

Please submit an application for doctoral studies in the usual manner ( no later than 30th April 2015, and indicate on the application that you wish to be considered for the Elphinstone PhD Scholarship in Theological Ethics. For more information about the Elphinstone PhD Scholarships: For inquires about the scholarship on theological ethics please contact Dr Michael Mawson:

The next Annual Conference of our sister organisation Societas Ethica (The European Society for Research in Ethics) will be help in Linkoping, Sweden, from 20-23 August 2015 on the theme of "Globalisation and Global Justice". SSCE members are warmly invited to participate. Further information and the Call for Papers can be found at

You can find more information by clicking on the following link and register via the following website.

 The Society is proud to announce that its journal, Studies in Christian Ethics, has just been accepted into the Arts and Humanities Citations Index.  Articles published in the journal will be listed as from Volume 25 of 2012.  This follows the academic recognition of the journal by the European Reference Index for the Humanities that included SCE in their top category of journal a few years ago.

Long-time SSCE member Robin Gill has asked if we could circulate an announcement noting that the Nuffield Council on Bioethics is currently advertising for theological applicants. Theological representatives have included Robin Gill, Duncan Forrester and Richard Harries. Earlier this year the Council appointed two new philosophers (Heather Widdows and Simon Caney). Click the following link to download an attachment with further details.


It is with great sadness that we note the sudden untimely death of the Reverend Dr John Hughes, Dean of Jesus College Cambridge, who was to be one of our keynote speakers at the 2014 conference. He was known and highly regarded by many members of the Society who now mourn the loss of one so young and promising for the church as well as the academy. May God rest his soul.

If you'd like to take advantage of the early registration discount, please register now, as the discount expires on June 1. To register yourself, click here.

The Freedom of a Christian Ethicist: The Future of a Reformation Legacy

24th-25th October, 2014

What is the significance of the Reformation and its legacy for Christian ethics? Is there a distinctly Protestant contribution tocontemporary ethical debates and discussions? What is this contribution and in what ways should it be pursued today? This conference will aim to address and clarify these and related questions.

Presenters: Michael Banner, Cambridge University Brian Brock, University of Aberdeen Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University Jennifer Herdt, Yale Divinity School Paul Martens, Baylor University Michael Mawson, University of Aberdeen Gerald McKenny, University of Notre Dame Rachel Muers, University of Leeds Hans Ulrich, Erlangen University.

This event is free and open to the public, though registration is limited to only 100 attendees, so early registration is encouraged. You can find the program and details about registration at: Contact for more information.


Call for Papers

The centenary of the outbreak of the Great War offers theologians and those within other disciplines the opportunity to reflect on the war in context and in relation to matters of church, religion and theology. The Catholic Theological Association gathers to consider the historical, theological and contextual issues of war, and the Great War in particular, and invites scholars to join these conversations.

Possible themes include:

  • World War I in context
  • The role of church in contexts of war The thinkers of World War I Contemporary forms of warfare Political theology of war
  • Just war and pacifism

Scholars are not limited to these topics and are encouraged to engage with all pertinent contemporary issues and conversations. The organizing committee welcomes submissions for 20 minute short papers addressing any aspect of war, historical and contemporary, and its relationship with religion and church, as well as broader theological topics.

Papers offered by non-members are welcome. Proposals and enquiries to Amy Daughton:

Open Day

All non-members are welcome. Speakers include:

Prof. Nigel Biggar Prof. Nicholas Boyle Mgr. Hector Fabio

Pat Gaffney of Pax Christi
Prof. Mary Grey
Field Marshal, The Lord Guthrie

Full £38, reduced £23, postgraduate bursaries are available. Any further enquiries: 

St Mary’s University Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, London Full conference dates 8-11th September for CTA members

Confirmed keynote speakers: 

Professor Andrew Louth, Dr Krastu Banev

Monday 9th June 2014, Durham University, 9.30am -- 5:30 pm

PG20, The Palace Green, Durham University, DH1 3EP.

We invite the submission of abstracts for 20-minute long papers from all interested academics including a quota of one third postgraduate students for the day conference 'Living in the Cosmos', to take place at Durham University on Monday 9th June, 2014.

We would like proposed papers to address or engage with the title topic of the conference: 'Living in the Cosmos: Ethical and Ascetic Reflections on Patristic and Contemporary Theology'. We welcome varied interpretations of this topic, including, but not restricted to approaches through Patristic and Byzantine theology, Eastern Orthodoxy and Anglicanism, discussing such topics as:

asceticism and ascetic practice

environmental ethics

politics and ethical conduct

ethics of economics

Christian living in the world today

This is a new conference and arises in response to a growing interest in the relevance of Patristic theology for contemporary living. Keynote papers will be 40 minutes and will open and close the conference.There will be of three sessions of four 20 minute papers over the course of the day. We are looking to accept twelve papers, four of which will be from postgraduate students. If interest is large enough and abstract contributions greatly exceed this number, we will consider putting on multiple sessions at a time.

Please email abstracts of approximately 200 words for 20-minute long papers to When doing so, please indicate your name and institution in the subject of the email and nowhere else on the abstract submission. Deadline for abstract submission is Friday 16th May 2014.

Registration will open soon. Information on how to register will be displayed on our website:

A registration fee of £10 for students and £15 for non-students will apply, which includes lunch and afternoon refreshments. A limited amount of overnight accommodation may be available to book in advance in St Johns College and other University colleges. Please contact us as soon as possible if you wish to book a room. We will also be going out for a meal together in the evening and we will be asking registering attendees to indicate if they would like to attend this also so that we may know the numbers for table booking.

It is unlikely that we will be able to give financial assistance towards travel or accommodation expenses, but those whose abstracts are accepted are asked to keep their receipts in the event that this changes.


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