Multiculturalism seminar, 20 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.
Ethics in Brief
KLICE Research Seminar on Peacebuilding
Peacemaking, justice and conflict-resolution was the theme of the KLICE Research Seminar held in January 2009. Peter Dixon, Chief Executive of Concordis International opened with an overview of the peacebuilding methodology of Concordis. Other papers presented were:
- Katherine Hogg (Leeds), ‘Enemies at Peace: Images of God, dynamic relationality and peacebuilding in F. LeRon Shults and John Lederach’.
- Bethan Willis (Exeter), ‘Miroslav Volf and the injustice of justice’.
- Roger Abbott (Wales), ‘Compensation or Confession: A Paradigm for Justice and Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Major Incidents’.
- Vinoth Ramachandra, Subverting Global Myths: Theology and Public Issues Shaping Our World (SPCK 2008).
- Marijke Hoek & Justin Thacker, eds., Micah's Challenge: The Church's Responsibility to the Global Poor (Paternoster 2008).
- Edward Dowler, Inclusive Gospel?, E179 (January 2016).
‘Inclusivity’ is seen to be the cardinal Christian virtue in much modern debate, shaping response to contentious ethical issues and even claimed as the defining characteristic of churches. Yet it is a term which is highly problematic, even at the level of its basic meaning. It is, in fact, inextricably linked with a desire for modernist conformity, which collapses important differences between people, and should be displaced by justice as a central Christian value.
- Karl Möller, Reading Amos as a Book, B74 (December 2014).
All too often the message of Amos is broken up and read in pieces—either devotionally, so that we know only the ‘purple passages,’ or academically, separating Amos’s original message from its later editing. But reading it as a whole opens up powerful new understandings. We see Amos’s passion as he tries to persuade a complacent people to wake up to God’s judgment and grace—a message we desperately need to hear in our own day.
- Phil Rawlings, Engaging with Muslims: Building Cohesion while Seeking Conversion, Ev107 (August 2014).
This insightful study explores ways in which Christians have engaged with Muslims, seeking to follow Jesus’ twin commands to love their neighbours and make disciples of all nations. It argues that a healthy exchange between the two faiths must include cohesion—fostering understanding and building relations—as well as conversion. span>
- Tom Wilson, A Theology of Hospitality for Anglican Schools, eD20 (July 2014).
What is it like for a Muslim or a Sikh or a Hindu to go to a Christian school? What about welcoming those who declare themselves to be atheists but nevertheless wish to be educated in an Anglican setting? How can a Christian school remain authentically Christian but at the same time welcome those who do not profess Christian faith? This booklet explores these questions, and suggests appropriate strategies for response.
- Kate Kirkpatrick, Women, Justice and the Church: An Apology for Feminism, E173 (April 2014).
Despite the advances of the last century, women today still face significant injustices in many spheres of life. This book draws on recent scholarship to bring such injustices to light, explores their pervasive effects, and argues that it is imperative for the church to take them seriously.
- Christopher Landau, Christians and the Media: A Theology for Confident Engagement, E170 (July 2013).
This study argues that we need to recognize a shared concern for finding the truth, and draws on Scripture and reflection on Christian ethics to argue for a positive engagement with media.
- Paul Ede, Urban Eco-mission: Healing the Land in the Post-industrial City, E169 (April 2013).
This fascinating study presents both theological-ethical reflection and practical learning about the community-based transformation of derelict and vacant land, and how this can in turn be deeply transformative for those who participate.
- Edward Dowler, The Church and the Big Society, E168 (January 2013).
What is the ‘Big Society’, and is it a good thing? This engaging study traces the origins of the idea and discovers its connections with Christian theology and ethics.
- Celia Blackden, Friendship and Exchange with People of Other Faiths: A Context for Witness and Dialogue, Ev91 (August 2010).
This study explores how 'friendship and exchange' might be a helpful paradigm in interfaith relations, how it involves both greater understanding of the other as well as greater confidence in ourselves, and suggests practical ways in which this idea might be put into practice.
- Peter French, Church Schools in a Multi-faith Community, ed4 (July 2010).
This study considers the theological issues concerning multi-faith schools and then looks at the example of three schools in contrasting situations, drawing out conclusions from examples of good practice.
- Ruth Worsley and Karen Rooms, Walking in Another's Shoes: Ethical Perspectives on the Experience of Those Seeking Asylum, E158 (July 2010).
Drawing on theological themes of hospitality, help, health and hope this booklet goes beyond the question 'How can we help those in need of asylum?' and asks, 'What can we learn from the person seeking sanctuary?'
Other resources and articles:
1. KLICE Comment February 2017 - The Trump Presidency: Everything Up for Grabs
2. KLICE News February 2017.
3. KLICE Annual Report 2016 and plans for the future.
4. KLICE Comment January 2017 - The Right Kind of ‘Secular State’ – a Christian Perspective
5. KLICE award-holder and Research Associate organising conference at Aberdeen University on 'Joy and Prosperity'