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 Employment Law and Christian Ethics: Shaping the Workplace in a Secular Age? 10 & 11 January 2015

This two day course, for lawyers and other practioners with interests in employment law, was co-sponsored by KLICE and Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship (LCF) and was attended by 25. 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.

The course leaders and speakers were: Dr Jonathan Chaplin, Director of KLICE; Thomas Cordrey, barrister specialising in employment law and Vice Chair of LCF; Mark Jones, experienced employment lawyer who has appeared before the European Court of Human Rights and a speaker and media commentator; Dr David McIlroy, Barrister, theologian and author of A Biblical View of Law and A Trinitarian Theology of Law; Dr Julian Rivers, Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Bristol and author of The Law of Organized Religions; and Sam Webster, in-house solicitor for the Christian Institute

Commercial Law & Christian Ethics Summer School September 2013

Held in partnership with the Lawyers Christian Fellowship (LCF), this two day Summer School was attended by 18 people at Tyndale House, Cambridge. It was intended primarily for Christian lawyers and legal professionals who wish to engage more effectively and theologically in the challenging climate of contemporary law and ethics, with a focus on the specific area of commercial law, business and banking.

The course leaders and speakers were The Hon Mr Justice Cooke,Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court; James Featherby,Former Partner at Slaughter and May, author of Of Markets and Men: Reshaping Finance for a New Season; Revd Dr Andrew Goddard,Associate Director of KLICE; Dr David McIlroy,Barrister, theologian and author of A Biblical View of Law and Justice and A Trinitarian Theology of Law; David Rouch,Financial Services regulatory partner, and John Scriven,Commercial lawyer, author and part-time university lecturer.


Colloquium on ‘Biblical Law’, March 2012

Co-sponsored by KLICE and the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme. 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 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.


'Beyond Individualism', November 2011

KLICE was represented at a conference entitled ‘Beyond Individualism’ 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 (CTPI), 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'.


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.


Law & Ethics Summer School, September 2011

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, July 2011

Jonathan Chaplin spoke on 'Between Theocracy and Secularism: Religion and the State in Britain Today' at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (IOCS) 12th Summer School, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.


God and Government Conference, November 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 2010

KLICE hosted an invited inter-denominational seminar on the growing tensions between equality laws and religious liberty, held 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.


'Justice: Rights and Wrongs. A Colloquium', May 2009

Held at Christ Church, Oxford, with Prof Nicholas Wolterstorff (Emeritus, Yale University) and sponsored by the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life and KLICE.  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.


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

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) spoke on the growth of secularity in modern British culture click here for text of lecture.  Prof John Stackhouse (Regent College, Vancouver) spoke on public engagement in a secularised culture.  Rev J Andrew Kirk (formerly University of Birmingham) spoke on Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age click here for text of lecture.  Dr Elaine Storkey (TEAR Fund) spoke on responding to the secularist worldview.





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Online articles in the Guardian by Jonathan Chaplin:

Sermon on Mark 10: 35-45 - Jonathan Chaplin (October 2014)

Keynote lecture on 'How to do Theology in Public' at Theos 'God and Government' conference - Jonathan Chaplin (March 2014)



KLICE has participated in two exciting projects in partnerships with Theos and the Bible Society, God and Government and Christianity and British Political Parties, both aimed to disseminating the fruits of academic political theology to wide audience of practitioners.

'Law and Ethics' Award 2010-2013, 2015-2018

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