“Embodied Ministry” Conference Proceedings and Outcomes.

The CSCS theological educators group conference on “Embodied Ministry: gender, sexuality and formation” has been widely hailed as a great success.  This page provides a summary of the proceedings, materials used, and response, with links to the detailed presentations and workshops as they become available.

Ripon College
Ripon College, Cuddesdon, a superb venue for an outstanding conference

“Embodied Ministry” Conference a Great Success - from a press release by our chair, Martin Pendergast, and quoting the enthusiastic response of Rev Dr Martyn Percy, Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon and Dean-elect of Christ Church, Oxford.

Conference Booklet (in PDF format / on this website)

Worship Resources (in PDF format / on this website)

Proceedings:

(Underlined) text in blue indicates working links to detailed content, or summary reports of the presentations. Text in red indicates links that are not yet working, but should be shortly).

Welcome (Martyn Pendergast) and plenary session 1:

Parallel workshops 1

  • Susannah Cornwall, “Intersex and Formation
  • Carla Grosch-Miller, “Fifty Shades of Grace: The Crafting of Sexual Wisdom.”  (For an abstract of this paper, see here.  A link to a fuller report will follow) 
  • David Nixon, “Sod ‘Em, Sod ‘Em Like There’s No Gomorrah: Comparing Sexualities Education for Doctors, Teachers and Clergy in the UK.” (For an abstract of this paper, see here.  A link to a fuller report will follow)

Parallel workshops 2:

  • Martin Pendergast and Trish Fowlie, “Keep It In the Family (or Not): Sex, Gender, Parents and Families.”
  • Brendan Callaghan, Guided Examen (For an abstract of this paper, see here.  A link to a fuller report will follow)
  • Adrian Thatcher, “Redeeming Gender.”  (For an abstract of this paper, see here.  A link to a fuller report will follow)

Eucharist – order of service included in Worship Resources, with homily by Rev Carla Grosch – Miller.

Morning Prayer  (included in Worship Resources).

Parallel workshops 3

Plenary session 2: The integration of gender, sexuality, faith and spirituality i the ministerial context:

  • Rachel Mann,
  • David Nixon,
  • Nicola Slee.
  • Questions and discussion (Chair: Sharon Ferguson)

Parallel workshops 4:

  • Christina Beardsley, “Gender, Sexuality, Spirituality: Exploring the Interplay.”  (For an abstract of this paper, see here.  A link to a fuller report will follow)
  • Nicola Slee, “God-Language in Public and Private Prayer as a Place of Integrating Gender, Sexuality and Faith.”  (For an abstract of this paper, see here.  A link to a fuller report will follow)
  • Short papers:
    • Hayley Matthews, “No Faith in Equality and Diversity – the Management of Gender and Sexuality in Faith Based Environments Exempt from Equality and Diversity Legislation.”
    • Jan Berry, “Boundaries, Power and Vulnerability in Pastoral Care.”

Plenary Session 3, Gender and sexuality in the pastoral encounter”

Closing Worship

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