Symposia

Each year a symposium is held at which three or four papers are presented on a particular topic.

These meetings are recorded and are made available as MP3s to download, or as Youtube videos (narrated PowerPoints) to view (scroll down the page for previous symposia).

2017 Symposium

'Handling Biblical Violence’ - Is the God of the Old Testament 'Nasty, Brutish and Capricious'

  • David Instone-Brewer, Senior Research Fellow in Rabbinics and the New Testament at Tyndale House, will speak on New Testament and early Christian interpretations of violent bible stories.

  • Stephen Agilinko, Baptist Minister in Tottenham, will speak on Islamic matters

  • Other Speakers to be confirmed at this time.

Saturday 14th October from 10:30am to 4:00pm, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP

These events are free to members of Faith and Thought (or those joining on the day). Otherwise just £10 (£7 concessions). There is no need to book in advance but if you could drop me an email to let me know you are coming it would help to have a rough idea of numbers drapkerry@gmail.com


Each previous symposium now has its own Webpage as below:

2016 Symposium - What Survives Death?

2015 Symposium - Dealing with Conflict - Christian Responses

2014 Symposium - Homosexuality, Scientific, Social, Biblical and Pastoral Aspects

2013 Symposium - The Accidental Universe?

2012 Symposium - Children's Spirituality meets Christian Theology

2011 Symposium - Translating the Old Testament, first century and now


2015 Symposium:

Title
Speaker
MP3

Christian peace-making in African Conflicts

Millius Palayiwa, a lawyer by background, has just stepped down as the Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation to go free-lance in the field of peacemaking, compassion, forgiveness and reconciliation. While working for International Alert he facilitated the talks between the Government of Sierra Leone and the rebel movement that culminated with the signing of the Abidjan Peace Accord in 1996.

Religious Freedom - A middle-east perspective

Andy Dipper is Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO of Christian Solidarity Worldwide. He has led various organisations and spent many years living and working in Afghanistan, Nepal and Kenya and has considerable experience in the areas of Religious Freedom and Conflict Resolution.

Ending Gang Violence

Sheldon Thomas has an unprecedented insight into gangs through his own experience as a leading gang member in the 1970s. He founded ‘Gangsline’ in 2007 to provide help and support to young men and women involved in gang culture. He is also one of the advisors to the Home Office on the ‘Ending Gang Violence’ Strategy (2011 - Present)

Lessons from Northern Ireland

Philip Orr lives in Carrickfergus, a few miles north east of Belfast. He has been involved over the last ten years in community activism, dealing with the challenges of post-Troubles Northern Ireland by means of workshops, talks and encounter groups. He has also written about faith-based community projects in inner city Belfast and about the role of the church in pro-British working class communities.

Dealing with Conflict - Open Forum Discussion

All

 

2014 Symposium:

 
Title
Speaker
MP3
1.

Homosexuality - Scientific Aspects

Eleanor Whiteway - Cambridge University and The Faraday Institute

1b.

Session 1 Q&A

 

2.

Homosexuality - Social Aspects

Stephen Keyworth - 'Faith and Society' team leader, Baptist Union of Great Britain

2b.

Session 2 Q&A

 

3.

Homosexuality - Bibilcal Aspects

Terry Griffith - Senior Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Bexleyheath

3b.

Session 3 Q&A

 

4.

Homosexuality - Pastoral Aspects

Simon Woodman - Co-minister, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church

4b.

Session 4 Q&A

 

5.

Homosexuality - Open Forum Discussion

 

 

2013 Symposium:

Saturday 26th October 2013 | 10.30 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

 
Title
Speaker
MP3
1.

Can a multiverse provide the Ultimate Explanation?

Rodney Holder - Faraday Institute

2.

Order and Emergence in Biological Evolution

Denis Alexander - Faraday Institute

3.

When we went to the end of the World

Malcolm Drummond - Baptist Minister

Narrated PowerPoint videos of the talks are available on Youtube as below:

(Please note that the images in the PowerPoints have been used in good faith that no copyright infringement is intended; if you suspect that this may have inadvertently occurred please notify the administrator drapkerry@gmail.com )

 

 

With high profile speakers including astrophysicist Rodney Holder and molecular biologist Denis Alexander, this one-day symposium looked at the implications of
a robustly Atheistic narrative of the origins of the universe and intelligent life. At a time when many in society (especially the young) are taught to believe that God is dead, we looked again at whether Christian faith is in fact mortally wounded by advances in science, or whether instead, these discoveries are entirely compatible with the biblical account of a source, a guide and a goal for the universe we live in.


Archive 2012 Symposim:

 

CHILDREN'S SPIRITUALITY MEETS CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY.

Saturday 20th October 2012 | 10.30 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Speakers:

 
Title
Speaker
MP3
1.

Implications of the work of James Loder

Keith White (Director of Millgrove Home)

2.

'I was alive...once'

John Pridmore (Former Rector of Hackney)

3.

'Rachel is crying for her children'

Haddon Willmer (Director - Child Theology Movement)

4.
How does theory relate to practice?
Mary Hawes (National Children’s Adviser -Archbishops’ Council)
5.
Open Forum
All

A narrated PowerPoint video on Youtube of Mary Hawes talk is here:

Archive 2011 symposium:

Translating the Old Testament

First Century and Now

Our 2011 OPEN SYMPOSIUM was held on Saturday 22nd October 2011 at Kings Cross Baptist Church.

Audio recordings of the sessions are available here. Each session lasted one hour and the MP3s are approximately 27Mb to download.

 
Title
Speaker
MP3
1.

To Translate or not To Translate: The Old Testament in Missionary Bible Translation Strategy

Eddie Arthur, (Wycliffe Bible Translators)

2.

The Use of the Old Testament in 1 Peter

Howard Marshall (University of Aberdeen)

3.

New Bibles Preserved in Dead Sea Caves

David Instone-Brewer (Tyndale House, Cambridge)

4.
Open Forum
All

 


The 2015 Essay Competition has now closed

 


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