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Redeeming Love and Faith

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 11 Feb 2019

The annual Church Society Conference this year is Redeeming Love and Faith: sexuality and the good news for the Church of England

We are delighted to announce this year’s Church Society Conference featuring Bishop Keith Sinclair, Iain Baker, Lee Gatiss and Ros Clarke.

Redeeming love and faith: sexuality and the good news for the Church of England

Sex and the Word of God
Bishop Keith Sinclair will outline the biblical teaching on marriage and human sexuality, equipping us all to understand and participate better in the current debates in the Church of England.

Sex and the People of God
Iain Baker will explore the pastoral implications of the biblical teaching, helping us to examine how we may do better at living out the biblical teaching in our own lives and in our churches.

Sex and the Heavenly City
Ros Clarke will look at God’s eternal purposes for our sexuality, offering a wider context for understanding and applying the ethical imperatives on sexual activity.

Contending with Love and Faith
Lee Gatiss will show us how the book of Jude teaches us to contend for the faith, with love and faith, as we look ahead to the publication of Living in Love and Faith in 2020.

Keith Sinclair is the Bishop of Birkenhead. He served on the committee which produced the Pilling Report, to which he contributed a dissenting statement. He is also on the Council of Reference for the True Freedom Trust, a member of CEEC and attended GAFCON 2018. Iain Baker is the vicar of St Thomas’ Church, Kidsgrove. Iain is a trustee of the True Freedom Trust, a Christian ministry that offers pastoral support and biblical teaching on same-sex attraction. Ros Clarke is Associate Director of Church Society and course leader of the Priscilla Programme, an online training course for women. Lee Gatiss is the Director of Church Society. He is the editor of Gospel Flourishing in a Time of Confusion, The NIV Proclamation Bible, and Foundations of Faith. His latest book is called Fight Valiantly! Contending for the Faith, in the Bible and in the Church of England.

The conference is from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 18th May, at Christ Church, Mayfair. The full brochure and booking form can be downloaded here.

Please note that the Church Society AGM will be held during the conference, starting at 12.30pm. You do not have to attend the conference to come for the AGM, which is open to everyone, although only Ordinary Members of Church Society are eligible to speak and to vote at the AGM. Church Society Members will be sent AGM papers in due course.

The annual St Antholin Lecture will also be held on the same day, starting at 4.30pm. This is free and open to all. Conference delegates are most welcome to stay for this year’s lecture: Toxic and Intoxicating: Puritan Theology and the Thirst for Power, Dr Matthew Rowley. “The thirst for power changed Puritan theology, often in ways that went unnoticed. The rise and decline of political puritanism afforded unique theological temptations. As victors or victims, many approached cultural conflict with a sense of unreflective righteousness. This talk focuses on the darker moments of this history and explains how some of their worst actions flowed from good intentions and admirable character traits. We must remember these moments and learn from them if we are to avoid toxic and intoxicating mixtures of piety and patriotism today.”

Ros Clarke is Associate Director of Church Society and Course Leader of the Priscilla Programme

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