To: All Members of SSCE
From: Margaret Adam (Committee Member) and Anna Westin (Postgraduate Co-Convener)
We head the SSCE sub-committee tasked with gathering and assessing other groups' and institutions' documents and practices that address gender disparity. In particular, we are investigating ways to encourage and support women in the field of Christian Ethics. We plan to present the SSCE Committee with recommendations for additional steps that SSCE might take in this direction. 
The recent Durham University report, 'Gender and Career Progression in Theology and Religious Studies', serves as the basis for our investigations. We have been collecting ideas and information from a wide range of sources, and we are eager to gather more. 
Please contact us if you would like to participate in this sub-committee. (Please write even if you have mentioned possible interest in the past.)
Please forward to us links and references that might be helpful, even if you are not interested in participating further in the work of the sub-committee. 
Thank you very much.
Dr Margaret B. Adam 
Visiting Tutor and
Honorary Academic Associate
St Stephen's House
16 Marston St
Oxford  OX4 1JX
07857 984235
Anna Westin 
Visiting Lecturer
St. Mary's University, Twickenham 
Waldegrave Road
Twickenham, Greater London TW1 4SX

We are pleased to pass along an announcement regarding a forthcoming special issue of the journal Theology. Comprising some of the most influential articles on Christian ethics that have appeared in Theology over the last fifty years, and with a substantial introduction by Robin Gill reflecting on major debates and developments in the field, this special online issue includes:

Ronald Preston on ‘R.H. Tawney as a Christian Moralist’ (1966)
Enda McDonagh on ‘Ethical Problems of Abortion’ (1968)
J. R. Lucas, John MacQuarrie, Helen Oppenheimer and G.R. Dunstan on ‘Marriage and Divorce’ (1975)
Michael Banner on ‘Five Churches in Search of Sexual Ethics’ (1993)
Nigel Biggar’s review article: ‘Any News of the Social Good?’ (1988)
Michael Northcott on ‘The Parable of the Talents and the Economy of the Gift’ (2004) Tim Gorringe’s ‘Reflections on The Good Pub Guide’ (2008)
David Horrell on ‘The Ecological Challenge to Biblical Studies’ (2009)
Look out for this free virtual issue of Theology, exclusively online at

Members may be interested to note that several new pages have been added to the SSCE website detailing the following:

If members have any feedback on these pages, please direct your correspondence to the society secretary, Jeremy Kidwell.

The Society for the Study of Christian Ethics invites submissions towards recognition as our inaugural artist in residence for 2015. Submissions are welcome from any artist working in the United Kingdom, working in any non-written medium (music, fine arts, sculpture, film, etc.) with the only constraint being that it will need to be exhibited at our annual conference in Sep 2015. In light of the 800th anniversary of the magna carta, our conference this year will be on the theme of "power and its limits" and though artists need not themselves be Christians, submissions should engage critically with Christian modes of reflection on this topic. Submissions will be considered by the SSCE committee starting on May 15, 2015 and should include a one page description of the proposed project and up to three additional pages of portfolio (though these supporting materials will not be required for consideration) which may include photographs or reproductions of existing work, a CD of audio, or DVD (please note: we cannot guarantee return of materials).
The artist in residence will receive free registration (including meals and accommodation) for the annual conference (September 4-6, 2015), an honorary one year membership to the society (which includes free subscription to the Journal, Studies in Christian Ethics) and will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the annual conference.
Submissions should be sent via email to: or by postal mail to:
c/o Jeremy Kidwell, Secretary SSCE
School of Divinity
1 Mound Place

We are pleased to formally announce our annual conference to be held on 4-6 September 2015. The conference will be held on the theme of "power and the limits of power" and we have an exciting lineup of internationally recognised plenary speakers. For more details, go to our web page for the conference or you can skip right to online registration by clicking on this link. Early bird pricing on registration is available until July 1 and we will begin reviewing short paper proposals on April 15.


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.


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