Residential Conference: Church and State in the 21st Century

5 April 2019 - 7 April 2019, 00:00 - 23:59

Cumberland Lodge
The Great Park, Windsor SL4 2HP



The Ecclesiastical Law Society is promoting a public discussion of the nature of establishment and the challenges it may face in the years ahead, both from a constitutional vantage point and in parochial ministry for the national church. A stellar collection of experts has been brought together for a unique conference which will seek to re-imagine the national church and public religion in the increasingly secular world in the current second Elizabethan age and hereafter. Robert Blackburn will deliver a keynote lecture on constitutional issues of monarchy, parliament and the Church of England. Norman Doe and Colin Podmore will assess the centenaries of, respectively, the Welsh Church Act 1914 and The Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919 and the experience of English and Welsh Anglicanism over this period. Sir William Fittall will comment on the practice and politics of establishment, and Dr Malcolm Brown will reflect on grace and pragmatism within a theology of power. Grace Davie and Bishop Graham James will evaluate public and parochial conceptions of an established church in a time of declining attendance. There will be observations from those outside the Anglican church, including Dr Paul Goodliff. The conference will be of interest to ecclesiastical lawyers and administrators, to students of constitutional law, and to clergy and laity whose daily lives are influence by the lived reality of a national church witnessing to an increasingly diverse world.

Speakers: Professor Robert Blackburn QC, King’s College, London
The Revd Dr Malcolm Brown, Archbishops’ Council
Professor Norman Doe, Cardiff University
Professor Grace Davie, Professor Emeritus, University of Exeter
The Revd Paul Goodliff, Baptist Union; Churches Together in England
Sir William Fittall, former Secretary General of the General Synod
The Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich
Imam Monawar Hussein, Muslim tutor at Eton College
Dr Colin Podmore, Forward in Faith
Convenor: Frances Godden, Deputy Dicoesan Secretary, Diocese of Ely

The Society will have the exclusive use of Cumberland Lodge, an elegant period building in the heart of Windsor Great Park. Many of its rooms are twin bedded and the conference has been costed to encourage the sharing of accommodation. The cost for members is £480 for single occupancy or £330 per person for shared occupancy. Non-member registration is £540 for single occupancy or £390 per person for shared occupancy. The non-residential rate is £150 for the whole Conference or £100 for Saturday only, dinner excluded (non-members £210 and £160 respectively).

The conference will run from 3.00 pm on Friday and finish with lunch on Sunday.

NEW Papers for the conference can be downloaded here.

A clergy bursary of £100 is available, limited to the first 20 applicants. Please contact the society administrator on to request a clergy bursary, and you will be sent a code to enable you to buy a ticket at the reduced price.

Please note: Residential tickets have now sold out. Please contact our administrator directly if you would like to be added to a waiting list for a room. In addition, there is one space in a female shared twin room- please contact the administrator if you are interested.


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