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By whose authority? An interfaith look at women and religious authority
Monday 16 to Thursday 19 July 2012
at High Leigh Conference Centre
Chair: Revd Dr Harriet Harris
Secretary: Revd Clare Nicholson
Chaplain: Revd Dr Miranda Threlfall-Holmes
We all step in and out of leadership, whatever our roles in life. We all need leadership to go well; we need to have the people who fit that role. This conference explored through talks, workshops, art and worship:
- the difference that 'difference' makes
- humility and ambition
- women as leaders in the early church
- old and new taboos
- 'leadership' and 'discipleship' amongst the Anglican divines
- exemplars, and the art of conversation across faiths and cultures
- change, loss and failure
with audio recordings where available
Dr Rhett Gayle teaches philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, while residing in Scotland. He is working with Victoria Harrison on 'Exemplar Reasoning': the art of conversation across faiths and cultures, concerning those who influence and inspire us.
Conference chair Revd Dr Harriet Harris, University Chaplain at the University of Edinburgh, was formerly a university chaplain and tutor in Oxford and before that a theology lecturer at Exeter University. As well as being an Episcopalian priest, Harriet frequently participates in ecumenical and interfaith talks and initiatives and serves on theological committees, formerly for the Church of England and now for the Scottish Episcopal Church.
Pip Haydock is Director of The 2gether Partnership, a leadership development and executive coaching business operating across the UK and internationally, with a particular focus on personal development.
Revd Canon Vanessa Herrick is Director of Ministry and Vocation and Director of Ordinands in Ely Diocese. Vanessa was formerly Chaplain and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, and Tutor in Pastoral Theology at Ridley Hall Theological College, Cambridge.
Dr Elizabeth Koepping is Senior Lecturer in World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. Her research in Borneo for many years in one village covered traditional anthropology topics: latterly she has worked more on local religion and Anglican discourses within daily life in village and town, including clergy, regular and intermittent churchgoers and those who, while identifying as Christian, never attend.
Revd Canon Dr Charlotte Methuen is Lecturer in Church History, Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow. She moved to Glasgow in 2011 from the University of Oxford where she was Departmental Lecturer in Ecclesiastical History, University Research Lecturer, and Lecturer in Liturgy and Church History at Ripon College Cuddesdon.
Carrie Pemberton Ford
Revd Dr Carrie Pemberton Ford is Director of the Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking and leads the Ibix Insight equalities consultancy. She has just completed a Legatum funded report London 2012 and Sporting Mega Events: Trafficking Risks, Social Impact and Cultural Legacy which is now informing the UN Rapporteur on Human Trafficking's work.
Dr Nicola Slee is Research Fellow and MA Programme Leader at the Queens Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham. She teaches courses on theological methodology and feminist theology and will be leading a poetry workshop.