Worship and Liturgy

Annual Study Day of the Society for Ecumenical Studies

In association with Centre for Eastern Christianity 

Ecumenical Perspectives

How a better understanding of what we actually DO in our places of Worship can enhance and promote the dialogue between Christians. This conference looks from a range of denominational perspectives at key issues of the topic in order to engage from a different angle in a fruitful area of ecumenical discussion.                                     


The Revd. Prof. PAUL AVIS
Prof. Alexei Nesteruk
Prof. Thomas O'Loughlin


10.00 Arrival and registration and coffee/tea

10.30 Opening Prayer, Welcome and Intro (Revd Elizabeth Welch SfES Chair)

11.00 Prof Alexei Nesteruk –‘Theology and Worship: Living through Liturgical Time’ followed by 30 minutes of Q&A

12.30 Lunch break (sandwiches and refreshment provided)

13.15 Prof Thomas O' Loughlin - Where now is the tabernacle of the Lord: deep tension in liturgical practice and ecumenism. followed by 30 min. Q&A

14.45 Revd Prof  Paul Avis – ‘Knit together in one communion and fellowship’: What does the liturgy tell us about the      Church and its Unity? followed by 30 min. Q&A

16.15 Plenary discussion and Conclusion (moderator TBC - Centre for Eastern Christianity faculty member)

17:00 Closing prayer in the college chapel

Paul Avis Paul Avis was General Secretary of the Council for Christian Unity of the Church of England, 1998–2011, and has been a Chaplain to HM Queen Elizabeth II  and Canon Theologian of Exeter Cathedral. He serves on the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order and has been a member of the international Anglican-Baptist and Anglican-Methodist dialogues. He is currently honorary professor in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Exeter, and in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Durham and Editor-in-Chief of Ecclesiology. His books include: God and the Creative Imagination (1999); Anglicanism and the Christian Church (2nd edition 2002); Beyond the Reformation: Authority, Primacy and Unity in the Conciliar Tradition (2006); The Identity of Anglicanism (2008) and The Vocation of Anglicanism (2016). He is also the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Ecclesiology (Oxford University Press, 2018). Paul serves as an honorary assistant priest in the Axminster group of parishes, Diocese of Exeter.

Alexei Nesteruk is a lecturer in Mathematics, with writing and research interests in the Philosophy of Science, and Science and Theology. In addition to being Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Portsmouth, he is also a Visiting Professor of St. Andrew’s Biblical Theological College (Moscow) and a Deacon of Orthodox parish in Guilford. Notable works translated in English: Light from the East: Theology, Science, and the Eastern Orthodox Tradition and The Sense of the Universe: Philosophical Explication of Theological Commitment in Modern Cosmology.

Thomas O'Loughlin is Professor of Historical Theology in the University of Nottingham, the author of The Eucharist: Origins and Contemporary Understanding (London 2015), The Didache: A Window on the Earliest Christians (London 2010) and currently President of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain. He has written extensively how Christians recycle their history as a way of making sense of their present.

Price List: (light lunch included): Members of the Society: Free ; Non-members: £10

To book, see the Eventibrite page here.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 10:00
Heythrop College, Arrupe Room
23 Kensington Square
W8 5HN
United Kingdom