April 2, 2017
The Ecclesiastical Law Society’s thirtieth anniversary conference was held 31 March – 2 April 2017 at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, on the topic of “The Nature and Diversity of Authority in Anglicanism”. Around 120 members of the society– ecclesiastical lawyers, clergy, academics and others– gathered for the weekend, representing the highest attendance at a residential conference in the society’s history. The presentations and workshops ranged from the parochial to the international, from the historical to the topical and contemporary. Delegates judged the conference to have been a great success, and the Society is already looking forward to the 2018 day conference (on the subject of Education) and the 2019 residential conference (on the subject of Establishment).
Watch this space as additional photographs and papers from the conference will be posted over the coming days.
- Conference Booklet
- Themes and Variations: Conference Report and Reflections – The Revd Dr Catherine Shelley
- Chairman’s Report – Mark Hill QC
- Natural Law and Legal Positivism in the English Church c. 1200 to 2000 – Professor Norman Doe
- Forms of authority in today’s Church: Legislative authority and soft law in the Church of England – Stephen Slack
- Empowering Authority in the Anglican Communion – The Revd Canon Dr Philip Groves
- Recent Developments in Ecclesiastical Law – Chancellor Ruth Arlow. Download Powerpoint.
- Evolving Models of Authority: Church Plants, Bishop’s Mission Orders – The Rt Revd Ric Thorpe [Powerpoint]