Thinking Anglicans

Ken Leech Conference – 20 May 2017 in Liverpool

Kenneth Leech was a committed Christian Socialist, who drew on the historical precedents of the radical Anglo-Catholic tradition. As a priest and theologian, he was rooted in and resourced by a sacramental spirituality. A regular lecturer at Universities in the UK and the USA, he produced a range of books exploring theology and spirituality. They were practical, grounded in his work and ministry in the East End of London. Essentially, he was a theologian of the streets.

The Ken Leech Conference will be held on Saturday 20th May 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm at Liverpool Hope University. It has called by the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, the Bishop of Liverpool to celebrate Ken’s life and work, to encourage those who value Ken’s wisdom and insight, to introduce Ken to a new generation and to foster an ongoing commitment to a prophetic theology and spirituality.

Bishop Paul and Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice-Chancellor & Rector of Liverpool Hope University, will open the conference. Keynote speakers will include Terry Drummond, Revd Professor Alison Milbank and Fr George Guiver CR.

Booking and further information can be found here.

Bookings should be made via Eventbrite no later than 15 May 2017.

There are further details below the fold.

True Prayer True Justice
Saturday 20th May 2017 10 am to 4 pm

What: Your opportunity to reflect on the life and work of Kenneth Leech, an “urban theologian”.

Where: Liverpool Hope University (Hope Park Campus)


  • Terry Drummond shares his reflections on Kenneth Leech’s life.
  • Subversive Orthodoxy and Anglo-Catholic Socialism – Alison Milbank.
  • True Prayer: The Importance of Silence and Stillness in Urban Ministry by George Guiver CR.


10.00 am Welcome drinks and pastries.

10.20 am Welcome: Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice-Chancellor & Rector, Liverpool Hope University
Introduction: Bishop Paul

10.40 am A Life: Terry Drummond’s reflections on Ken Leech.

11.00 am Lives – Memories of Ken.

11.15 am Break.

11.30 am Subversive Orthodoxy & Anglo-Catholic Socialism: Revd Professor Alison Milbank.
Talk and time for questions.

1.00 pm Buffet Lunch.

2.00 pm True Prayer – the importance of silence & stillness in urban ministry, leading into meditative space: Fr George Guiver CR.

3.30 pm Closing of conference: Bishop Paul: moving from silence to acting in the world.

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