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International Conference: Christianity, Education and Changing Contexts

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The conference will contribute to further development of an international community of research and practice among scholars working in the field of Christian Education. It is important that scholars, church leaders and practitioners contributing to the field of Christian education have opportunities to come together to share their own experiences, research, challenges, reflections and hopes. The conference will provide an opportunity for delegates to contribute to dialogue on the theme of changing religious, socio-cultural, political and educational contexts facing Christian education today.

The conference will support:

  • ongoing exploration of the nature, role and identity of Christian education in schools and universities,
  • dialogue which explores ways of being authentic in conveying the Christian message through theological and pedagogical reflection and processes,
  • conversation with and among Christian scholars and colleagues as well as policy makers and practitioners across wider church and education organisations,
  • sharing of pedagogical approaches and good practices,
  • further deliberation on opportunities and challenges that emerge from changing national and international contexts facing Christian education.

This international conference is being organized by the Centre for Christian Education at Liverpool Hope University UK and in partnership with NICER at Canterbury Christ Church University UK. The conference is part of a long-standing collaboration between members in universities with Christian foundations in the UK and beyond.

Lieven Boeve, Professor of Fundamental Theology at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium and current Director-General of the general office of Catholic Education in Flanders (Katholiek Onderwijs Vlaanderen). He was formerly international President of the European Society for Catholic Theology and his most recent book is Theology at the Crossroads of University, Church and Society: Dialogue, Difference and Catholic Identity, London/New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016.

Ben Ryan, Researcher at the Christian think tank Theos, currently leading a project looking at faith on campus, with a particular focus on the role of faith and belief based student societies in UK universities. He is the editor of Fortress Britain: Ethical Approaches to Immigration for a Post-Brexit Britain(forthcoming), and the author of a number of Theos reports including A Very Modern Ministry: Chaplaincy in the UK and Christianity and Mental Health: Theology, Activities, Potential. He holds degrees in Theology from the University of Cambridge and in European Politics from the LSE.

Andy Wolfe, Head of Networks for The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership. He oversees a Peer Support Network which is nationally working with over 150 schools on shared leadership development priorities, including Leadership of Character Education, Vision/Ethos and Teaching & Learning. Andy was part of the group that wrote the Church of England Vision for Education in 2016 while he was Vice Principal at The Nottingham Emmanuel School, a 11-19 Academy serving inner-city Nottingham.

This conference is for those with a scholarly interest in Christian Education. A particular aim is to encourage the next generation of Christian thinkers by supporting those studying for a postgraduate degree or involved in post-doctoral research.

Papers are invited relating to the field of Christian Education and its implications for church schools and universities but may address a wide variety of aspects relating to the conference theme of Christianity, Education and Changing Contexts. A diversity of approaches is welcomed, including empirical, philosophical and theological papers.

An abstract of up to 300 words should be submitted to by Friday 4th May 2018. Notice of acceptance of a paper will be given by Friday 18th May 2018.

Each paper will have 30 minutes time allocation, of which 20 minutes should be for presentation with 7-8 minutes for questions and discussion.

Accepted papers will need to be submitted no later than Monday 18th June 2018 for circulation to conference delegates.

Option 1

Conference Full Residential: this includes refreshments, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, two nights B&B and conference facilities - cost is £225


Conference Non-residential: this includes all conference services with the exception of B&B – cost is £125

Option 3

Conference day rate for Saturday 7th July 2018: includes refreshments, lunch, dinner and conference facilities – cost is £60

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For further information please contact Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle, Director of the Centre for Christian Education at Liverpool Hope University via email to