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

Conference Announcement and call for papers

Conference on "Conscience and Moral Consciousness"

7th June 2014, 9.30-5.45pm 

Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road, Oxford

Plenary speaker
Prof Julia Driver (St. Louis)

The Conference
This interdisciplinary conference, which is organized by the TORCH Affections and Ethics network at Oxford University, brings together philosophers, theologians, and scholars working in literature, history and political theory as well as other disciplines to examine the role of conscience for our moral self-understanding. The 'voice of conscience' has not only been regarded as a central source of moral cognition by many philosophers and theologians, but has also been of persistent fascination for psychologically interested writers. In addition, conscience is widely attributed special normative significance with regard to legal and political issues in pluralistic societies. But the debates about these questions have been led mostly in parallel and without the necessary interconnections between the disciplines. The conference aims to cover a wide range of topics connected to conscience, in order to show how they bear upon each other and to further mutual understanding among the people participating in the different discourses.

Call for papers:

The conference will have two plenary talks and 4 panel sessions for papers. Each panel consists of two talks of 30 minutes each, with a joint discussion of 30 minutes for both talks. For the panel sessions, we warmly invite contributions not only from philosophy, theology, literary studies, history and political theory, but equally from other disciplines which are interested in conscience and moral cognition. The contributions should fall into one of the following three areas: (a) conscience and the emotions, (b) historical theories of conscience, (c) the normative significance of conscience.

To be considered, please send a 1000-word abstract by 16th May 2014 as a pdf-document to the following address:

Notification of acceptance will take place by 18th May 2014.


Attendance and refreshments including lunch are free, but please register by sending an email to by the 5th June 2014 in order to guarantee a place.

The conference is supported by TORCH, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.

More details about the conference and the Oxford Affections and Ethics Network may be found at:

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.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

6.30pm, Wed 7th May 2014 at St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Institute, in partnership with CCLA, the Church Investors Group and Shrinking the Footprint - the Church of England's national environment campaign - is pleased to be hosting this event bringing together the United Nations, churches, investors, security experts and environmentalists to highlight the importance of collective action on climate change.

Christiana Figueres will share her views on the key challenges faced and highlight what faith communities, the City and the UK at large can do to help.  As well as inviting questions from the audience, a panel of distinguished speakers will identify the impact of climate change on their sector to help build the will for political action.

The discussion will be Chaired by Bishop James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool and BBC Radio 4 presenter.  Panel of speakers to include Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti (former UK Government Climate and Energy Security Envoy) and Dr Tony Juniper (Author and Environmentalist).  Investment speaker TBC.

This event is free and open to all, but registration is essential.  Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.  To register for tickets please visit:

8-9 May 2014
What discourses do faith and spiritual traditions provide surrounding migration? What is the role of faith communities and faith-based organizations in the complex landscape of migration?
Migration, Faith and Action is an interdisciplinary conference sponsored by Las Casas Institute at Blackfriars Hall and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). Register at:
You can download a poster by clicking on this link: 


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