by Bill Faull
for the NW region day conference, Nov 2007

Then God said 'Let us make humankind in our own image, according to our own likeness'. 'So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them, and God blessed them' [1] - the so-called 'Imago Dei'.

That is such a familiar quote from Genesis that it's now all but taken as read. It turns up all over the place including the eucharistic liturgy, so much so that its extraordinary theological insight risks getting lost, hence my raising it as an issue for discussion today.

by Oenone Wollaston
for the NW region day conference, Nov 2007

Hippocratic Oath

My own experience has largely been in General Practice which involves dealing with patients at every stage of the life course. However for this paper I have chosen to concentrate on end-of-life issues. General practice is at the heart of health services around the world and GP's are the first point of contact for the patients. They have multiple obligations:

  • To patients in their care.
  • To governments for the responsible use of resources.
  • To the wider community for the standard of health care they provide.

by Jonathan Clatworthy
for the NW region day conference, Nov 2007

The MCU was founded in 1898 and held its first annual conference in 1914. Since then it has had one every year except during the Second World War. This year's was No. 90.

In the early years they had a polemical flavour. The organization was campaigning for the position which came to be described as 'Modernist' because that was what Pope Pius X called it when he condemned it in 1907. It was in favour of biblical scholarship, it wasn't afraid if parts of the Bible turned out not to be true, it didn't feel threatened by modern science - not even evolution - and it defended the right of church people to question inherited doctrines like miracles and substitutionary atonement. The papers read at these conferences were printed in the journal, then called 'Modern Churchman', and there are copies here at the Library.

by Richard Orton
for the NW region day conference, Nov 2006

My subject is religious behaviour.

During my ministry I have repeatedly gone back to a book published in 1978 called The Dynamics of Religion by Bruce Reed. There are two things to consider, the Pattern and the Rationale. The first is the pattern of behaviour; the things which religious people do, the worship, the ritual, the use of sacred texts, and so on. The rationale is provided by the dogmatic faith; the story which is told to explain the behaviour. It's the story in the Bible which provides the rationale for Christian religious behaviour.

by David Taylor
for the NW region day conference, Nov 2006

Consider the following passage from Exodus:

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And in the morning watch the LORD in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the host of the Egyptians, and discomfited the host of the Egyptians, clogging their chariot wheels so that they drove heavily; and the Egyptians said, "Let us flee from before Israel; for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians." (Exodus xiv.21-25)

A miracle? If you examine the passage carefully, we can't be totally sure.