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Durham University

Faith Support

Conference - Space for Faith? University Chaplaincy Today

Tuesday 06 September 2016 – Wednesday 07 September 2016, Collingwood College

Higher educational institutions have always had a strong association with faith. From the medieval universities that were established as studia generalia by papal bull and right up to the present day, faith has played an integral role in university life. Today our institutions are seeking to meet the faith needs and expectations of an increasingly diverse cohort of staff and students but many are struggling to fulfil their statutory obligations. In a very real sense, the space for faith on campus is being fiercely contested, and many institutions seem to be floundering in the dark in their attempts to adapt to our present political and cultural context.

Durham University invites university staff, students and chaplaincy practitioners to join us in exploring the nature of faith and religious observance in the UK’s higher educational institutions today. What implications does this have for the shape of university chaplaincy? What might chaplaincy be able to say back to institutions about matters of faith and identity today? What light can chaplains shed on these problems?

Keynote speakers:

Revd Dr James Walters, Chaplain and Interfaith Adviser, London School of Economics

Jim is Chaplain to the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a Senior Lecturer in Practice at the LSE Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and a Senior Fellow of the LSE Institute of Public Affairs. Since his appointment in 2010 he has established the LSE Faith Centre which works to foster interreligious understanding across a student body drawn from 150 different countries. Jim is a regular contributor on the interface of theology, philosophy, and politics and in 2012 he published his theological engagement with the work of the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard.

Dr Kristin Aune, Senior Research Fellow, Coventry University

Kristin leads the Faith and Peaceful Relations Research Group in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University. She has published widely on gender, religion and higher education, and her books include Women and Religion in the West (Ashgate, 2008), Reclaiming the F Word: Feminism Today (Zed, 2013) and Christianity and the University Experience (Bloomsbury, 2013). With Mathew Guest and Jeremy Law, she is directing the Chaplains on Campus project, a major new study of university chaplaincy funded by the Church Universities Fund.

The conference will be held at Collingwood College, Durham University, from 12:00 on 06 September 2016 to 14:00 on 07 September 2016. The conference fee is £50 including all refreshments and a conference dinner. Overnight bed and breakfast accommodation is available at a cost of £41.66. Durham is easily accessible by rail and car and there are several coach services daily from most major UK cities.

This event is currently full, but if you would like to check for any cancellations then please contact Lynn Anderson at or +44 (0) 191 334 1770

All queries about payment, accommodation and travel should be directed to Event Durham at or +44 (0) 191 334 2884

Further information is available via the links below.