We said farewell to Colin Bell at the end of March. Colin was appointed in 2010 as Researcher and Administrator on a joint KLICE-Faraday Institute project on environmental ethics, serving as organiser of a major international conference on faith and sustainability in 2012, managing editor of the subsequent book Living Lightly, Living Faithfully (2013) and later, while on the staff of the Faraday Institute, co-editor of a major Lausanne book on Creation Care and the Gospel. Later he took on the role of KLICE Administrator and IT support worker for Tyndale House. We are immensely grateful for all that Colin has contributed over the years, for his multi-sided expertise, his efficiency, his collegiality and his good humour. We wish him all the very best as he moves on to a new role in his native field of IT.
The Administrator role has now been distributed across various Tyndale House staff but KLICE inquiries should still be addressed to email@example.com
Kevin Hargaden, a Business and Economic Ethics award-holder from 2013-2016, has successfully completed his PhD on theological ethics at the University of Aberdeen. His thesis explored the theological problem of wealth in the parables of Jesus, approaching the question from the perspective of recent Irish economic history. He has also just published his first book, written with Brian Brock and Stanley Hauerwas, entitled Beginnings: Interrogating Stanley Hauerwas (T&T Clark 2017).
Kevin has now taken up the position of Social Theology Officer for the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice in his home city of Dublin. The Centre works to promote social justice by fostering understanding of public policy issues through social analysis and theological reflection, and by advocating for the reform of policy and services. In his role he will both support the existing team in these aims and extend the work of the Centre in penal policy, housing and homelessness, environmental justice, renewal within the Church, and the need for a more just and sustainable model of economic development. Congratulations to Kevin on all three counts!
Congratulations are also in order for Research Associate Kirsty Jones who has been awarded a full international scholarship at Georgetown University (Washington D.C.) to work on disability in the Hebrew Bible, which she will take up in the summer. Meantime she has engagements at multiple conferences in Biblical Studies, Sensory Studies and Disability Theology in Europe and in the USA, and two forthcoming chapters in books published by Routledge and SBL Press. In her spare time, she has been working in supported living for adults with learning disabilities and in a care home for palliative, residential and nursing care.
Jonathan Chaplin gave a lecture on ‘Religious Co-existence and Parallel Morality: A Christian Perspective’ at a conference on ‘Religious Perspectives on Democracy, Civil Society and Constitutionalism’ held in Kuala Lumpur on 14-16 March. The event was hosted by the government-sponsored Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM) and co-sponsored by Kairos Dialogue Network (KDN) and other Christian civil society groups. He also gave a talk on ‘Christians and Muslims in a Civil State’ for KDN and led a seminar on public theology at Malaysian Theological Seminary in nearby Seremban.
On 28 March Jonathan attended an invited consultation on ‘21st Century Britain: Moral Sources of the Civic Good’ held at Inner Temple, London. The event launched a collaborative project co-sponsored by Inner and Middle Temple and the Theology & Religious Studies Department and Law School of King’s College London. The project takes up the proposal made in Living With Difference, the report of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life, for a ‘national conversation’ on ‘the fundamental values underlying public life’. A summary of a recent symposium on the report, hosted by the Woolf Institute and co-sponsored by KLICE, is here.