Feb 192011
 

I’ve just given the website a bit of an update with a tweak to the look, and also direct links to our Twitter and Facebook pages.

The other big addition is that we have recently created an e-mail discussion list, and idea that was suggested at the last conference. Attendees at that conference who left an e-mail address will have received an invitation, but anybody else can sign up using the link on the sidebar.

With regards to the last conference, our sincere apologies for the continuing lack of uploads of recordings of the two talks. Unfortunately we handed over responsibility for the recordings to the college, and I didn’t have my own digital recorder for a backup, and as yet we have not been able to obtain copies of the recordings that were made from the sound system in the lecture theatre. We are aware that a number of people were unable to attend the conference and were hoping to be able to listen to the sessions online, we sincerely apologise for being unable to offer that.

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May 302010
 

We are pleased to be able to announce our third day conference, which will be held on 30th October 2010, in the fantastic surroundings of Wellington College in Crowthorne, Berkshire. This year alongside Canon Professor Keith Ward, who will be speaking on the topic of “Can Liberals be Biblical Christians?”, we are pleased to be able to welcome Dr Peter Vardy who will be speaking about “Good and Bad Religion”.

The lectures will be held in one of the college’s purpose built lecture theatres, and lunch will be provided in the college dining hall. We will also hold our conference service in the fine college chapel. There is ample parking on the site, but the college is also only a short walk from Crowthorne railway station.

Please see below for a flyer for the conference, as before we are offering a special group rate. Please use either the normal booking form, or the special group booking form as required.

Affirming Liberalism 2010 Conference Flyer

Feb 092010
 

With apologies to the many who have been waiting, we are finally pleased to be able to provide notes to accompany the lecture Rev’d Canon Professor Martyn Percy gave at the 2009 Conference entitled “Why Liberal Churches are Growing?”

A recording of the majority of the original talk can be found in this earlier post.

Jun 152009
 

We are pleased to be able to provide the transcript of the first of the conference lectures, “Why the Scientific World View Confirms Liberal Christian Faith”, given by Canon Professor Keith Ward.

The transcript of the lecture can be downloaded from here.

We are still awaiting a copy of the transcript of the second lecture, which will be uploaded as soon as it becomes available.

Jun 082009
 

This is a recording of the majority of the lecture by Canon Professor Martyn Percy from the afternoon session of the day conference on June 6th. As has been previously mentioned we suffered a recording failure, so we do not have the last few minutes of the session, nor the questions. However we hope to shortly have a complete transcript of the lecture that we will post that will contain the missing portion.

As with the first lecture, this is introduced by Rev Dr Richard Warden, the chair of Affirming Liberalism.

Jun 082009
 

This is an unfortunately fairly poor recording of the Conference Service recorded at the University Church of St Mary in Oxford.

We hope that a better version of the recording can be posted later.

Jun 082009
 

This is a recording of the morning session from the Affirming Liberalism Day Conference 2009, a lecture on Why the Scientific World View Confirms Liberal Christian Faith, introduced by Rev Dr Richard Warden, and given by Canon Professor Keith Ward.

A transcript of the lecture will be available shortly.

Jun 072009
 

Yesterday we gathered in a rather wet Oxford for the second Affirming Liberalism Day Conference – A Credible Faith for Growing Churches. We had two speakers covering very different topics. Firstly Keith Ward gave us an interesting lecture exploring the whole science and religion debate, and in the afternoon Martyn Percy talked about why Liberal Churches are growing. We were also pleased to welcome the Bishop of Oxford, John Pritchard to our afternoon session. In amongst that we also enjoyed a service in the historic surroundings of the University Church of St Mary, and shared lunch in either Lincoln or Exeter colleges. Participants came from a large area, well beyond the Oxford Diocese, and indeed from other denominations, not just the Anglican Church.

Transcripts for both lectures will be available on this site shortly, as will recordings (although due to a technical failure we did not get a recording of the end of either the Martyn Percy talk, or the questions that followed). The Flickr group is available for participants to upload their pictures of the day. A slideshow of pictures from the group (which includes pictures of the first conference also) can be seen below.

Jun 032009
 

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We are pleased to announce that at the conference on Saturday there will be an opportunity to meet author Trevor Williams, who will be promoting his newly-published book, "The Ultimacy of Jesus: The Language and Logic of Christian Commitment". Canon Williams will have copies of the book available to purchase or order.

Was the tomb empty?

Would it matter if Jesus had been cremated?

Is God a figment of our imagination – a social construction projected onto a cosmic screen?

Can someone be a man and God?

Trevor WIlliams wrestles with these and many other challenging questions. His aim is not simply to defend traditional Christian beliefs, but by critical analysis to expose and remove unnecessary obstacles to belief.At issue here is not only the content but the language of doctrine, and the place of myth and symbol within it. While sharing the reservations of many atheists and secularists, he argues that commitment to the ultimacy of Jesus can still be justified in our scientific age and in the context of religious and cultural pluralism, without the sacrifice of intellectual integrity or lapsing into Fundamentalism or provoking conflict, If you’re looking for creative insights and theological excitement, read this book!

Also, contrary to the information previously, Blackwells will be providing us with a small display of other books that will be of interest to conference participants that will be available to purchase or order. There will be time during the day to visit their main store across the road from the conference venue.

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