at Gladstone's Library, Hawarden
Led by Professor Paul Badham, Emeritus Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Wales.
Report by Dick Martin.
Reading the Bible Today - Can These Dry Bones Live?
Report by Joan Martin.
The Gospel Infancy Narratives
Led by Dr Gareth Lloyd Jones, Emeritus Professor in the School of Theology, Bangor University
Report by Richard Martin.
Liberal Faith and Positive Values
Led by MCU General Secretary Jonathan Clatworthy
Led by the Very Revd Professor Gordon McPhate, Dean of Chester and former pathologist, and Dr Oenone Wollaston, a Christian GP with special interest in geriatrics and end-of-life issues.
Faith in a Darwinian World
Led by Dr Stephen Lewis, Department of Biology, University of Chester.
- Christian Responses to Science - too Apologetic or too Radical?
- The Bible - 'Word of God' or 'Word of Warning'?
- Are we 'Fallen Angels' or 'Risen Apes' (and is there any Substantive Difference?)
- Is Science a Bigger Problem for Religion than Religion is for Science?
- Finding Security in Uncertainty
- Peter Law-Jones: The Case of Harold Davidson, the 'Notorious Rector of Stiffkey'
- Richard Martin: Darwin - Five reasons for Unease
- David Owen: Exploring God
- Paul Smith: Theological Reflections during a Year in Afghanistan
- David Taylor: The Elephant in the Room
The theme of the day was "A Woman's Place...", an exploration into the roles of women and men in society and the church.
A DIY meeting with short talks by group members followed by discussion.
- Stephen Lewis: So, what is Man that Thou art mindful of him?
- Bill Faull: Are We Born in the Image of God?
- Oenone Wollaston: Medical Ethical Concerns Surrounding End-of-Life Issues
- Jonathan Clatworthy: The MCU conference and aggressive non-violence
Seven group members were each asked to give a ten-minute talk to be followed by time for discussion. Reflections by Barbara Wollaston.
- Richard Orton: Fertility Religion and Ancestor Worship in Deepest Yorkshire
- David Taylor: Religion and Reality
- Watson Fuller: Liberation and Celebration: Christian Belief in Time and Place
- Anthony Crockett: Calvin, Hermeneutics and the Sexuality Debate
- Richard Martin: A People-Centred Church
- Chris Rayner: Religious Symbolism: Does it Need Changing?
- Jonathan Clatworthy: Liberals and Conservatives in the Church
Gone for Good? An exploration of church leaving
With Professor Leslie J Francis from the University of Wales, Lampeter. A Saturday based around Professor Francis' detailed analysis of the views and behaviour of people who left the church and then returned.