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St John's College


Doctrine and Life: Exploring the Theological Legacy of Stephen Sykes

Stephen Sykes (1939-2014) was one of the most distinguished British theologians of the twentieth century. He was Van Mildert Professor of Divinity at Durham (1974-85), Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge (1985-90), Bishop of Ely (1990-99), and Principal of St John’s College, Durham (1999-2006).

Stephen Sykes’ work was distinguished by a deep belief in the theological integrity of Anglicanism, a concern for method in theology, an interest in the influence of Protestant theology on British theology, and a stress on the importance of dialogue between theology and disciplines such as anthropology and sociology.

A conference is to be held at St John’s College, Durham on July 5-7, 2017 to explore Stephen Sykes’ theological legacy. Confirmed speakers include Alan Bartlett, David Ford, Mike Higton, Ann Loades, Jeremy Morris, Simon Oliver, Stephen Pickard, Nicholas Sagovsky and Clare Watkins. There will be an opportunity to present short (20-minute) papers relating to the work of Stephen Sykes during the conference. Those who wish to offer a short paper should send a title and synopsis, together with brief details of the author, to the Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies (, Durham University by April 16 2017.

Two bursaries of £150 are available to enable those with limited means to attend the conference.

Further details of the Conference, together with a downloadable booking form, can be found on the website of the Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies, Durham University:

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