Future events


Past events

Cowboy and Preacher

On 14th March 2019 KLICE co-sponsored a film screening and panel discussion on Christianity and environmental stewardship. The film is Cowboy and Preacher, and the panel included Rowan Williams, Jonathan Chaplin, Hilary Marlow, and the filmmaker Will Fraser. This took place at Magdalene College, Cambridge, from 4-6:30pm. The other co-sponsors of this event included The Cambridge Institute on Religion and International Studies, the Faraday Institute, the Von Hügel Institute, and the Jubilee Centre.

A Celebration of Christ and Culture: The 1st KLICE Annual Gathering

Wednesday 13th February 2019, 7-9pm, Tyndale House, Cambridge

We are entering an exciting new phase in the life of KLICE. At the 1st KLICE Annual Gathering the vision for the coming five years was presented by Revd Dr Craig Bartholomew (KLICE Director). Members of the KLICE Research Institute were formally inaugurated as Fellows of KLICE in the context of a short worship service, and there was an address by Dr. Bruce Ashford (Provost of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary). 



Monday 24th September, 7-9pm, Tyndale House, Cambridge 

A devotional seminar with Chris Mann, one of South Africa's most distinguished poets.  Co-presented with the artist Julia Skeen-Mann, Artist-in-Residence, Grahamstown cathedral.  

For an outline of the seminar please see here.


Tyndale Fellowship Quadrennial Conference on 'Marriage, Family and Relationships'
High Leigh Conference Centre, 4-7 July 2016

The Ethics and Social Theology Group joined with other TF groups this year. Plenary speakers included KLICE Senior Research Fellow, Emeritus Professor Oliver O’Donovan (Edinburgh) and former KLICE Advisory Council chair Professor Julian Rivers (Bristol). KLICE Senior Research Fellow Andrew Goddard also spoke. The programme is here.








Creation Care and the Gospel

Creation Care and the Gospel KLICE co-sponsored this talk by Chris Wright on what care for creation has to do with the Christian faith. Chris Wright is International Missions Director of the Langham Partnership, former Chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group and author of numerous books on Christian ethics and the theology of mission. There were also contributions from Las Newman (Lausanne International Director-Designate) from Jamaica and Ed Brown (Executive Director, Care of Creation) from the USA.

The event also included the UK launch of the new book Creation Care and the Gospel: Reconsidering the Mission of the Church, edited by Colin Bell (KLICE) and Robert S White (Faraday Institute). 


Reconsidering Religious Radicalism
Clare College, Cambridge, 21 May 2016

A day conference organised by the Cambridge Institute on Religion and International Studies (CIRIS) and co-sponsored by KLICE, the Woolf Institute and the Cambridge Interfaith Programme. Plenary speakers were Lord Maurice Glasman, Professor Peter Mandaville (Senior Advisor, US State Department), Professor Nicholas Adams (University of Birmingham) and Professor Mona Siddiqui OBE (University of Edinburgh). Details here.

Keeping Faith in the EU
Winchester, 9 April 2016

A public conference at the University of Winchester on 9 April organised by The Centre for Theology and Religion in Public Life (TRiPL) in partnership with Theos and KLICE and featuring contributors to God and the EU

Book symposium: God and the EU
Clare College, Cambridge, 18 March 2016

A half-day event to launch and discuss Jonathan Chaplin's coedited book God and the EUSpeakers included Gary Wilton (co-editor) and contributors John Loughlin (Blackfriars, Oxford) with responses from Professor Simon Lee (Cambridge Theological Federation) and Sara Silvestri (POLIS; Von Hugel Institute).  

'The Paris Climate Summit: A Theological Response'
St Paul's Church, Cambridge, 1 December 2015

A talk on the United Nations conference on climate change (in progress at the time of the event) given by leading UK environmental theologian Prof Michael Northcott (University of Edinburgh). Co-hosted by St Paul's Church Eco-congregation Committee.

Book launch: Theology and Economics: A Christian Vision of the Common Good
Ridley Hall, Cambridge, 7 November 2015

Jeremy Kidwell (co-editor, KLICE Research Associate), Eve Poole and Nicholas Townsend (contributors) and Richard Higginson (Faith in Business) introduced this book, which originated in the 2014 Ethics and Social Theology Group meeting at the Tyndale Fellowship

'Forming a Christian Mind' conference
Christ Church, Cambridge, 24 October 2015

KLICE co-sponsored this annual conference organised by the Jubilee Centre. Entitled Human Flourishing and the University, the event was designed especially for Christian postgraduate students. 

Ethics and Social Theology Group of Tyndale Fellowship
Tyndale House, Cambridge, 1-3 July 2015

In its annual meeting, various papers were presented on the theme of 'social theology'

KLICE - LCF Winter School in Law and Ethics
Cambridge, 10 and 11 January 2015

'Employment Law and Christian Ethics: Shaping the Workplace in a Secular Age?’

This two day course was co-sponsored by KLICE and Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship (LCF). It explored a Christian perspective on current developments in employment law, with a focus on how equality and non-discrimination law are adversely impacting upon individual and corporate religious freedom. The course critically assessed current developments and identify Christian political and legal insights that shed light on recent conflicts and point towards needed legal reforms, especially in the direction of an expansion of ‘reasonable accommodation’ of religion and belief as a fair and inclusive framework for a religiously and culturally plural society.

Speakers were:


The course carried 6 CPD hours (accredited for Solicitors and Unaccredited for the Bar).

KLICE co-sponsored a conference at the Department of Divinity and Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen, on 'The Freedom of a Christian Ethicist: TheFuture of a Reformation Legacy' on 24-25 October 2014. Poster here and departmental link here.

Ethics and Social Theology Study Group, 3-5 July 2014

25 participated in this year's Tyndale Fellowship Ethics and Social Theology (EST) Group meeting, on 3-5 July. Professor Oliver O'Donovan (University of Edinburgh) guided us masterfully through his latest book on moral theology, Self, World and Time, with seven students making presentations to which he responded. Dr Joan Lockwood O'Donovan (Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews) delivered a fine EST 'Tyndale Lecture' on 'Human Dignity and Human Justice: Thinking with Calvin about the Imago Dei'.

Ethics and Social Theology Study Group, 4 - 6 July

The EST Group met during the 2013 Tyndale Fellowship Study Groups in Cambridge, 4 - 6 July.

The meeting built on the dialogue on Theology and Economics begun in 2012 between EST participants and members of the Association of Christian Economists, with a particular focus on considering how the tools of economic and theological reasoning may be used to cultivate more just and moral economies.

KLICE/CMF Summer School 2013

Serving Christ in Secular Medicine | 9-10 September | Tyndale House, Cambridge

For Christian medics and health professionals who wish to begin to develop together the tools we need if we are to rise to the challenges of Christian presence and mission in medicine today.

KLICE/LCF Summer School 2013

Commercial Law & Christian Ethics | 28-29 September | Tyndale House, Cambridge

For Christian lawyers and legal professionals and all those interested in engaging more effectively and theologically with the role of law and ethics in commercial law and banking.


'Crash Recovery', November 2012

30 people attended this event on the economic crisis, held in Cambridge on 22 November. Featured speaker was James Featherby, City lawyer and Chair of the Church of England's Ethical Investment Advisory Group. A panel of 5 business people and academics replied. Co-sponsors were KLICE, Transforming Business, Jubilee Centre and Christian Heritage.

'Same Sex Marriage: What are Christians to Make of it?', September 2012

This event was held at Tyndale House on 29 September, co-sponsored by KLICE and Theology For All (TFA). Keynote speaker Rev Dr Sean Doherty, Tutor in Ethics at St Mellitus College and former KLICE doctoral award-holder. Jonathan Chaplin also participated in a panel. Listen to the talks on the TFA website here.

Ethics and Social Theology Study Group, July 2 - 5, 2012

Theme: Theology and Economics

15 people participated in this year's EST Group examining the relationship between theology and economics, at the Tyndale Fellowship's triennial conference held in Northampton. A highlight was the Tyndale EST Lecture by Professor Hans Ulrich, on 'Theological perspectives for a human economy at and within its limits'. The programme was coordinated by Jason Clark, KLICE doctoral award-holder 2011-12, and Dr. Sean Doherty, a former award-holder. Two speakers were leading members of the Association for Christian Economists, with whom EST is coordinating its meeting next year on the same theme.

Summer Schools 2012

KLICE held two summer schools for medical professionals in 2012: a summer school for nurses and midwives in partnership with Christian Nurses and Midwives, and 'Medical ethics for the 21st Century', a summer school for doctors and healthcare workers in partnership with the Christian Medical Fellowship. The course leader and academic coordinator was Professor John Wyatt, recently retired Professor of Ethics and Perinatology, University College London and author of Matters of Life and Death: Human dilemmas in the light of the Christian Faith.

Colloquium on ‘Biblical Law’, March 2012

Co-sponsored by KLICE and the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme, this colloquium was based around a new book by Jonathan Burnside entitled God, Justice and Society: Aspects of Law and Legality in the Bible (Oxford University Press, 2011). Dr. Burnside is Reader in Biblical Law at the University of Bristol and former chair of the KLICE Advisory Council. Plenary speakers included Professor Bernard Jackson (Liverpool Hope University, formerly University of Manchester), Professor Gordon McConville (University of Gloucester) and Sheikh Michael Mumisa (University of Cambridge). Jonathan Burnside and Professor Nicholas Aroney (Faculty of Law, University of Queensland) responded to the plenary speakers.

Multiculturalism seminar, February 2012

A seminar on the Director's report on multiculturalism was held at the Cambridge Divinity Faculty as part of the Cambridge Inter-faith programme.

'Beyond Individualism', November 2011

KLICE was represented at this conference organised by the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM), held in London on 24-25 November. The event was attended by over 100 participants. Speakers included Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, Os Guinness, John Milbank, Phillip Blond, Luke Bretherton, Maurice Glasman, David Campanale and Alan Craig. KLICE, along with Theos, the Jubilee Centre and CARE, was a ‘partner’ in the event, which was co-sponsored by ECPM, Christian Concern and the Christian People’s Alliance. Jonathan Chaplin attended on 24 November and gave a brief response to John Milbank. KLICE Research Associate Christopher Orton represented KLICE on 25 November.

Seminar of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, November 2011

Jonathan Chaplin presented a paper entitled ‘Governing Diversity: Public Judgment and Religious Plurality’ at a seminar of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI), University of Edinburgh, 14 November. The paper engaged with an article written by Professor Oliver O’Donovan (Edinburgh) entitled ‘Reflections on Pluralism’. Professor O’Donovan gave a response.

'Is There a Future for Multiculturalism?', October 2011

Organised by the public theology think-tank Theos and LSE Forum on Religion, at London School of Economics on October 20. The event marked the publication of Jonathan Chaplin's recent Theos report, 'Multiculturalism: A Christian Retrieval'.

'Putting Principles-based Ethics in Proper Perspective: Appeals  to Covenant as the Basis for a Bioethical Framework', October 2011

A special seminar on medical ethics led by senior medical oncologist, Dr Jim Rusthoven, from Canada. Talk followed by discussion. Professor John Wyatt (emeritus, UCL) participated.

"For three decades, principles-based ethics has been the dominant  paradigm for biomedical ethics.  Recently, appeals have been made  among health professionals of diverse beliefs and vocations within  medicine for a developing a covenantal ethical model.  In response, a  covenantal framework taken from a biblical perspective will be presented.   Its creational grounding gives validity to its appeal by persons of different  belief traditions."

Civil Society and Christian Social Thought, October 2011

Jonathan Chaplin gave a lecture on 'Civil Society and Christian Social Thought' at a conference on Faith in Europe, held in Cropthorne, Worcestershire.

'Big Society - Bigger Nature?', October 2011

60 people attended this conference on civil society, big society and the ecological crisis, organised by Dr Peter Scott, director of the Lincoln Theological Institute, University of Manchester. The event was co-sponsored by KLICE and two other organisations. Jonathan Chaplin gave a lecture entitled 'Can "nature" tell us how big society should be?'

Sustainability in Crisis, Cambridge, September 2011

100 people registered for this extremely lively and unique interdisciplinary, international, and inter-faith conference on the contribution of religion to issues of sustainability in consumption, production and governance. Full details of all 20 speakers, and the programme, can be viewed on the conference website: Sustainability in Crisis.

All sessions were filmed and are available on the Faraday website.

Visit the conference blog for pre-conference reflections and post-conference follow-up.

Media coverage: here and here and here and here

Summer Schools, Cambridge 2011

Medical ethics summer school

18 medical practitioners and health care workers attended ‘Medical Ethics for the 21st Century’, a two-day summer school offered by the KLICE Public Leadership programme in partnership with the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF). The main speaker was Professor John Wyatt, author of Matters of Life and Death (IVP 2009). Dr Pablo Martinez (CMF) spoke about recent developments in the work of CMF, KLICE Associate Director Joshua Hordern presented a literature review on medical ethics, and Dr Robert Song, president of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics participated in a panel on bio-ethics.

Law & Ethics summer school

15 lawyers and others involved in legal work gathered in partnership with The Lawyers Christian Fellowship, held in the peaceful surroundings of Tyndale House.  The school helped Christian lawyers who wish to engage more effectively and more theologically in the challenging climate of contemporary law and ethics. We looked at topics such as natural law, biblical law, international law, justice, justice mission, human rights, equality and the role of government. The course leader and academic coordinator was Dr David McIlroy, barrister, theologian and author of A Biblical View of Law and Justice and A Trinitarian Theology of Law

'The Challenge of a Secular Age' - IOCS 12th Summer School, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, 24-29 July 2011

KLICE Director Jonathan Chaplin spoke on 'Between Theocracy and Secularism: Religion and the State in Britain Today'.


Ethics and Social Theology Study Group, Cambridge, June 30 - July 2, 2011

Theme: Missional Ethics

The Economics of Good and Evil: From the Epic of Gilgamesh to the Credit Crunch, 21st June 2011

Tomas Sedlacek, Charles University (Prague). Member of the Czech Republic’s National Economic Council, senior banker & former adviser to President Václav Havel.  Co-sponsored by Transforming Business.  Further details here.

God and Government Conference, November 13 2010

KLICE was active at a conference in London hosted by the think-tank Theos on the theme of the book God and Government (SPCK 2009), co-edited by Nick Spencer (Theos) and Jonathan Chaplin (KLICE). The book is the fruit of a joint Theos-KLICE project. 140 attended the event, which was co-sponsored by Conservative Christian Fellowship (CCF), Christian Socialist Movement (CSM) and Liberal Democrat Christian Forum. Jonathan Chaplin gave a plenary lecture (available in text and audio), and a presentation in a CSM session, and Joshua Hordern gave a presentation on his publication One Nation but Two Cities (one of the 'Partisan' series) in a CCF sesion.

Consulation on Equality and Religious Liberty June 14 2010

KLICE hosted an invited inter-denominational seminar on the growing tensions between equality laws and religious liberty, held on 14 June at the London offices of the Evangelical Alliance. The event was motivated by the desire to develop credible, balanced and informed responses to the questions arising in this area, and which are attracting increasing media attention. The event was a working consultation designed to produce a document of direct use to practitioners facing questions on these issues on a regular basis. Sessions addressed the current state of the law, the issue of ‘discrimination’, and the positive contribution of religion to society. Over 20 experts participated, representing 15 different bodies engaged with the questions. KLICE will steer the drafting process for the document over the next months.

Conference on Sexual Ethics co-sponsored with Jubilee Centre 15 May 2010

Over 60 people attended this joint conference on Saturday 15 May 2010, held at Eden Baptist chapel. Keynote speakers were Rev Dr Dale Kuehne (St. Anselm College, NH, USA), author of Sex and the iWorld (Baker 2009), and Dr. Jonathan Burnside (Chair of KLICE Council). Workshops were led by Guy Brandon (Jubilee Centre), author of Just Sex (IVP 2009), David Instone-Brewer (Tyndale House), author of Divorce and Remarriage in the Church (Paternoster 2003), and Rachel Gardner (Creative Director, Romance Academy). At a pre-conference supper on Friday evening, held at Tyndale House and attended by 25, Dale Kuehne gave a talk on contemporary American politics under President Obama. Conference resources available here.

Parliamentary launch 2010

The Director’s recent publication, Talking God: The Legitimacy of Religious Public Reasoning (London: Theos, 2009), was officially launched at a breakfast seminar for MPs and Peers from all political parties on 23 June in the House of Commons. The Director introduced the report and a lively discussion followed. The event was organised by Theos and hosted by John Battle MP.

Talking God is available on the Theos website:

A recent issue of Ethics in Brief is a summary of Talking God.

'Responding to Secularism: Christian Witness in a Dogmatic Public Culture' 2009

24 April 2009, Tyndale House, Cambridge - Programme

65 people attended a day conference on mission and contemporary culture co-sponsored with the Gospel and Our Culture Network


Dr Dominic Erdozain (King’s College, London) on the growth of secularity in modern British culture click here for text of lecture

Prof John Stackhouse (Regent College, Vancouver) on public engagement in a secularised culture

Rev J Andrew Kirk (formerly University of Birmingham) on Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age click here for text of lecture

Dr Elaine Storkey (TEAR Fund) on responding to the secularist worldview.

'Justice: Rights and Wrongs. A Colloquium' 2009
with Prof Nicholas Wolterstorff (Emeritus, Yale University)

May 21-22 2009 Christ Church, Oxford - Programme

Sponsored by the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life
(Oxford) and the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics

Prof Onora O’Neill (British Academy, Philosophy)
Prof Roger Crisp (Oxford, Philosophy)
Prof Timothy Endicott (Oxford, Law)
Prof Julian Rivers (Bristol, Law; former KLICE Advisory Council Chair)
Dr Bernd Wannenwetsch (McDonald Centre, Theology)
Dr John Perry (McDonald Centre, Theology)

Prof Nigel Biggar (McDonald Centre)
Dr Jonathan Chaplin (KLICE)

KLICE doctoral grantee Joshua Hordern (Edinburgh) prepared a precis of the book for conference registrants. Prof Wolterstorff’s book was published by Princeton University Press in 2008. Richard Bernstein of the New School for Social Research describes it as "the most impressive book on justice since Rawls's A Theory of Justice". The conference papers, plus a response by Prof. Wolterstorff, appear in a special issue of Studies in Christian Ethics in Spring 2010, guest edited by Jonathan Chaplin.

An extended version of Professor Wolterstorff's response to his commentators is available here.

70 people registered for the event, which was also the 2009 KLICE Annual Book Colloquium.

McDonald Centre website:

Lunchtime Seminars on Political Ethics

Wednesday 8 October 2008 12.30pm-2.00pm
What is Economic Justice? (Paternoster 2007), with author Rev. Dr. Andrew Hartropp (Oxford Centre for Mission Studies)

Wednesday 19 November 2008 12.20pm-2.00pm
What is Economic Justice? with author Rev. Dr. Andrew Hartropp

Wednesday 3 December 2008 12.30pm-2.00pm
What is Economic Justice? with author Rev. Dr. Andrew Hartropp

Lunchtime Seminars meet occasionally as announced. For further information contact:

Jonathan Chaplin
01223 566625 or

2008 KLICE Book Colloquium

A one-day colloquium on KLICE Advisory Council member Brian Brock’s book, Singing the Ethos of God: On the Place of Christian Ethics in Scripture (Eerdmans 2007).

Date: 3-4 September 2008
Location: Tyndale House


30 people participated in the event. The papers appear in a special issue of European Journal of Theology, November 2009, for which Dr. Simon Woodman (South Wales Baptist College) also wrote a precis of the book.

2007 KLICE Book Colloquium

A one-day colloquium on Oliver O'Donovan's book, The Ways of Judgment (Eerdmans, 2005)

Date: 3-4 July 2007 - Programme

Location: Newnham College, Cambridge


25 people attended the event. The papers were published in a special issue of Political Theology in 2008 on the work of Oliver O'Donovan.

2007 Seminar on Public Theology

“Theological Visions and Public Languages” - Programme

An invited seminar for public policy practitioners and public theologians, discussion focusing on documents recently produced by each organisation (listed below). 35 people attended, representing 20 organisations.

Date: 18 April 2007

Location: Tyndale House

Participating organisations:

Centre for Faith and Society at the Von Hügel Institute (CFS): Louder Than Words, by Andrew Bradstock (then co-director of the Centre for Faith and Society)

Evangelical Alliance Public Affairs Department (EA): Faith and Nation

Jubilee Centre: Jubilee Manifesto

Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics (KLICE): ‘Speaking from Faith in Democracy’ ()

Theos: Doing God, by Nick Spencer


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For the latest newsletter from KLICE - Sibylline Leaves - see here

The latest edition of Ethics in Conversation is also now available. In this issue, Rev. Dr Craig Bartholomew (Director of KLICE) explores the subject of Christian Higher Education - see here