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CAHT Social Justice Conference

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The Church and Social Justice at a time of economic crisis & environmental catastrophe conference


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The Church and Social Justice at a time of economic crisis & environmental catastrophe

A day conference at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, the Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH, Saturday 18 May, 2024

The gravity of the current economic and environmental crisis requires a new and energetic response through the Church’s teachings on social justice and the harmony of creation.  Many are concluding that global interconnectedness coupled with uneven development has now reached a stage where human exploitation of nature has reached a tipping point.

This unprecedented historic discontinuity will require radical adaptation in politics and social organisation in the years to come, and calls for increased collaboration between theologians, historians, and researchers in the natural and social sciences.  Anglican social thought in the twentieth century largely followed the incarnational theology of Maurice, Headlam, Scott-Holland and Gore, finding its fullest expression in William Temple’s conception of an ethical state.  Following on from our 2022 conference on Temple’s Christianity and Social Order (1942),  speakers at our 2024 event will consider the relevance and adequacy of this tradition in the light of today’s global challenges. 

Sessions and speakers:  Keynote lecture: Lady Brenda Hale, Rebuilding Civil Society in Britain; (1) The Church and Social Justice: Dr Jonathan Arnold and panel of ‘Voices from the margins’, with Elizabeth Rook, Domenica Pecoraro, Canon Emma Pennington; (2) Economic Crisis: Prof. David Ormrod (Kent); Patrick Watt (Director, Christian Aid); (3) Environmental Catastrophe: Dr Hugo Slim (Blackfriars, Oxford); Prof. Jeremy Carrette (Edinburgh); (4) Faith in the Human Future: Dr Celia Deane-Drummond (Campion Hall, Oxford); Revd Dr Alan Race (World Congress of Faiths). Conference chair, Prof Kenneth Fincham.

Conference details:

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH
Saturday May 18 2024 from 9.15 – 17.30 (GMT)

Registration fee: £50
Includes teas and coffee throughout the day and a sandwich lunch
Please indicate any allergies via email to Kenneth Fincham - [email protected] 

Concessions available (students and unemployed)
Pay what you can at the registration desk on the day (cash only), but registration needed beforehand by separate email to Kenneth Fincham  - [email protected] 

Overnight accommodation:

The Cathedral Lodge recommends the Hampton by Hilton Hotel, a short walk from the Cathedral, which may be booked on https://www.booking.com 

Queries: [email protected] 

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