Thinking Anglicans

Religion Media Festival: Justin Welby, the BBC, and others


The Religion Media Centre held a day-long Religion Media Festival on Monday. The full programme of events is copied below the fold. Only a few of them have been reported on so far. If I find links to more reports I will add them, but so far all I have found is in this list:

Church of England decline is ‘a personal failure’ — Archbishop of Canterbury bares his soul

Archbishop Justin’s Speech at the Religion Media Festival

Welby: I practised crowning the King and Queen in a Clarence House bedroom

Our religious programming is universal and appeals to the ‘nones’ too, says BBC chief

Anglican leader does not have to be ‘white guy from England’, says Justin Welby

Our religious programming is universal and appeals to the ‘nones’ too, says BBC chief


Religion Media Festival 2023: The importance of reflecting religion in the media

Sixteen headlines from Justin Welby’s address and interview at the Religion Media Festival

Video recording of Justin Welby interview




The Future of Brexit Britain

The Centre for English Identity and Politics at the University of Southampton is organising a webinar:
The Future of Brexit Britain – debates in the Anglican tradition

This event is linked to the publication of a book: The Future of Brexit Britain – Anglican reflections on national identity and European solidarity (SPCK, eds: Andrew Bradstock and Jonathan Chaplin).

You may register for this webinar here:
Webinar: 15th March 2021, 17:00-19:00 GMT


  • Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover
  • Bishop Robert Innes, Bishop in Europe
  • Dr David Muir, University of Roehampton
  • Bishop John McDowell, Primate of All Ireland
  • Bishop Philip North, Bishop of Burnley
  • Dr Adrian Pabst, University of Kent
  • Prof Linda Woodhead, University of Lancaster

Very little of the voluminous post-Brexit analysis in academia and the commentariat has focussed on what happened with the major organisations and institutions of civil society. This webinar provides an unusual opportunity to understand how the issues were seen and played out within England’s established church. Like much of England, the Anglican church was divided by Brexit. The essays in The Future of Brexit Britain explore why these divisions may have arisen. They examine the extent to which divides reflected broader patterns of popular opinion, attitudes to nationhood, education and social class, or may have reflected issues particular to the Church of England. The essays reflect the different perspectives found within the church on Brexit and on English, British and European identities In the first part of this two hour webinar the editors will outline some of the key questions raised in the book and discussion will explore those issues. In the second part the debate will look more widely at the contemporary role of Anglicanism in shaping ideas of national and international identities in England, Britain and the British Isles. (It is hoped that will be the first in an occasional series of events on the relationships between the major faith groups in England and national identity.)


Faith, Science & Sexuality: a day conference

The Ozanne Foundation is holding a one day conference on Saturday 8 December, involving some of the UK’s most senior academics from the fields of science, health and ethical issues surrounding sexuality and gender, whilst also rooted in real lived experience of well-known LGBTI Christians. Hosted by the Dean of St Paul’s, the Very Revd Dr David Ison, this confernece will offer Christians the opportunity to engage with the professionals who are at the forefront of science, sexuality and faith.

Tickets and more details of the programme can be obtained from this link.

David Ison has written about the background to this event here: Brexit, Science & Sex: Can We Challenge Fake News?

And Robert Song has written this: The science of sexuality.


Parishes: What Future for the Parochial System?

The first of the Oxford Faith Debates took place last week.

Audio recordings of the whole proceedings are now available from this page.


"To Have and To Hold": conference papers

Updated Thursday

Many of the papers delivered at the To Have and To Hold conference are now available from the LGBTI Anglican Coalition website.

Follow links from here.

Copies of these papers are now also available on the Inclusive Church website, at this page where they may be slightly easier to access.

Among them, the Digest of Methuen and Thatcher talks may be particularly useful for promoting local discussion groups on this topic.

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Farewell to Welfare!?

Here’s a press release from The National Estate Churches Network:

Farewell to Welfare!?
National Estate Churches Network Annual Conference 2014

1st October St James Church Thurland Rd, Bermondsey, London SE16 4AA
15th October St Michael in the City Upper Pitt St, Liverpool L1 5DB

The National Estate Churches Network has sent us news of their forthcoming conference:

This year’s annual conference explores the effect that the Cuts are having on the people of our poorer housing estates. We are really excited that our keynote speaker at both venues is John Battle the brilliant long-time campaigner and advocate for those who are marginalised. As well as high quality input, there will be time to share and reflect together. What does our Christian Faith demand of us who live and work with those who really feel the impact of benefit reform? Can we make the system better or is it really ‘Farewell to Welfare’?

Book online or you can phone or text 07933 438304 for a booking form.

A whole day conference at just £20 including lunch.
1st October or 15th October 2014 10am-3.30pm

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Reminder: conference on theology of marriage

Way back in June, we announced that the LGBTI Anglican Coalition would host a conference on the theology of of marriage in the light of equal marriage, at St John’s Church, Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY on Saturday 27th September, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. That is this coming Saturday.

The conference is titled To Have and To Hold. Here is the flyer.

If you have not already booked to attend, there is still time to do so.

All the details are available from here or book at Eventbrite here.

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"To Have and To Hold" – the theology of marriage

The LGBTI Anglican Coalition is hosting a one-day conference on the theology of marriage in the light of equal marriage, at St John’s Church, Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY on Saturday 27th September, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Download the flyer, with booking details, here or go directly to Eventbrite.

Recognising current unease in the Church of England over same-sex marriage, the conference will ask whether there is a theological basis for expanding the definition of marriage. If so, what might a theology of equal marriage include?

The conference is intended to help the discussion around inclusive marriage. Leading contemporary thinkers and theologians will present their understanding of the history and current understanding of the theology of marriage.

Keynote speakers Adrian Thatcher and Charlotte Methuen will ask whether it’s legitimate to include same-sex relationships in the definition of marriage, and, if so, how that might affect the church’s attitude and practice? Workshops will look at specific questions – for instance, the Bishop of Buckingham and Revd. Rosie Harper will ask how patriarchy has affected our understanding of marriage, and Scot Peterson will consider how the church is affected by the new law permitting same-sex marriage.

The conference is intended for all who are interested in this debate – bishops, theological educators, laity and clergy.


Honest to God at 50

Honest to God, by Bishop John Robinson, was first published in 1963, and has been in print ever since, selling over a million copies. To celebrate this anniversary, the publisher SCM Press is sponsoring a commemorative evening in April at St Martin-in-the-Fields and has assembled a panel to discuss its influence and contemporary resonance.

Free event — everyone welcome
Monday 29 April, 7:00pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ

The panel includes popular authors Francis Spufford and Mark Vernon, Archdeacon of Canterbury Sheila Watson, and vicar of St Martin’s the Revd Dr Sam Wells. It will be chaired by BBC World Affairs Correspondent Mike Wooldridge.

More details at


Faith in Conflict conference

The Faith in Conflict conference “Finding Better Ways to Handle Conflict in the Church” was held in Coventry Cathedral this week.

The Archbishop of Canterbury gave this address at the closing Eucharist.

The cathedral website has links to some of the other addresses. At present these are available.

The Exasperating Patience of God Sam Wells audio | text
Bill Marsh interviews the Revd Tory Baucum and Bishop Shannon Johnston audio
The Habits of Conflict Resilience Jo Bailey Wells audio | text

Advance publicity included the conference website and this page on the cathedral website.