Modern Church Conference 2020

Modern Church Annual Conference 2020

Living in Love and Faith is the Church of England’s latest project on sexuality, due to report during the same month as this conference. Also in July the Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops worldwide will meet, and sexuality issues are again likely to cause disagreement. Set within this background, Modern Church is presenting a highly topical and timely conference, demonstrating how the Christian Gospel affirms, accepts and welcomes everyone, whatever their identity, gender or sexuality, and without reservation or ambiguity.

The speakers represent diverse sexualities, genders and theological outlooks, all of them pursuing a vision of sexual equality and gender justice in the light of faith. There will be eight presentations from well-known academics and campaigners, and each presenter will also provide a follow-up seminar. Early booking is advised. 

Chair: Professor Adrian Thatcher Chaplain: The Revd Dr Tina Beardsley, SMMS

Event Details

Event Date 13-07-2020
Event End Date 15-07-2020
Individual Price (Member Discount) Dependant on Room Booking
Location High Leigh Conference Centre


The Revd. Dr. Tina Beardsley

Practical theologian, Anglican priest, trans Christian equality campaigner, and one time member of the Co-ordinating Group of Living in Love and Faith: On consulting the faithful in matters of sexuality and gender identity.

Kieran Bohan

Co-ordinator of the Open Table network of ecumenical worship communities for LGBTQIA+ Christians: ‘Will it be Open Table?’ Holy Hospitality through Person-Centred Theology.

The Revd. Prof. Chris Cook

University of Durham, Director of the Centre for Spirituality, Theology & Health, Member of the Social and Biological Sciences Working Group of Living in Love and Faith: Sex on the Brain: Science, Sexuality and the Bible.

Dr. Susannah Cornwall

University of Exeter, constructive theologian, Director of EXCEPT Exeter Centre for Ethics and Practical Theology, and member of the Theology Working Group of Living in Love and Faith: Keynote address – Transformative Creatures: Living into Freedom as Sexed, Gendered and Sexual Persons.

The Revd Canon Dr Julie Gittoes

Theologian, and Vicar of St Mary and Christ Church, Hendon (Diocese of London). A contributor to Thinking Again about Marriage: Marriage: a Way of Holiness?

The Revd Jide Macaulay

Anglican deacon, Founder and CEO of House of Rainbow: Homosexuality: Afrocentric Perspectives.

Jayne Ozanne

Director of the Ozanne Foundation, Member of the Government’s LGBT Advisory Panel and Member of General Synod: Just Love for All

Prof. Adrian Thatcher

Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Theologian: The Theology of Gender and Sexual Difference

Alison Webster

Social Responsibility Adviser for the Diocese of Oxford, founder editor of Theology and Sexuality, and Political Theology: Jesus the Boundary Crosser: living “in-between”

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