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Vann Fellow, Brian Powers, publishes new book on ‘moral injury’

Dr Brian Powers, the centre’s inaugural holder of the Vann Fellowship in Christianity and the Military, has recently published ‘Full Darkness: Original Sin, Moral Injury, and Wartime Violence’ (Eerdmans).

‘Moral injury’ refers to a psychological condition experienced by many combat veterans, often exhibited as moral ambiguity, guilt, or shame upon return from conflict.

The book is an attempt to talk about the problem of moral injury theologically, arguing that Christianity’s most influential theologian, Augustine of Hippo, described sin and its effects on humanity in a way that resonates deeply with experiences of combat trauma today.

(15 Feb 2019) » More about Vann Fellow, Brian Powers, publishes new book on ‘moral injury’

NEW CFP DEADLINE, 30 APR: ‘From Rebellion to Reconciliation’ Anglican-Catholic relations conference

‘From Rebellion to Reconciliation: Anglican-Catholic Relations from 1569 to the Present - Regional, National, and International Perspectives'

Durham University, 17-19 September 2019


To mark the 450th anniversary of The Northern Rebellion (or Rising of the Northern Earls), Durham University’s Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies and its Centre for Catholic Studies, in collaboration with Durham Cathedral, Ushaw College and Palace Green Library, are organising a three-day, multi-disciplinary international conference to consider and review all aspects of Anglican-Catholic relations in the four and a half centuries since 1569, and the direction of this relationship in the twenty-first century.

(19 Jun 2018) » More about NEW CFP DEADLINE, 30 APR: ‘From Rebellion to Reconciliation’ Anglican-Catholic relations conference

CFP: ‘Care After Conflict- Religion, Rebuilding and Renewal?’

The International Network for the Study of War and Religion in the Modern World holds its Tenth Annual Conference, 15-17 July 2019 at the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre, Amport House, Hampshire.

As an established forum for academics and military professionals, the aim of this year’s conference is to reflect on the role of religion in rebuilding, reshaping and sustaining post-conflict societies. It will focus on the mixed legacy of religious involvement in post-conflict situations, in all its global variety and complexity.

Students of all religious traditions and contributors from all relevant disciplines are invited to submit proposals for thirty-minute papers. The deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday 31 May 2019.

The conference is co-ordinated by Canon Professor Michael Snape (Michael Ramsey Professor of Anglican Studies, Durham University), along with Dr Emma Hanna (Kent), and Dr Alastair Lockhart (Cambridge).

For the full call for papers and details on how to submit click here.

(29 Jan 2019)

Registration open: John Neville Figgis centenary conference

Registration is now open for the conference 'Churches in a Pluralist World: A Centenary Conference on The Theological Legacy of John Neville Figgis CR (1866-1919)'.

2-4 April 2019, The Mirfield Centre, West Yorkshire

Historian, political philosopher and theologian, J. N. Figgis CR was one of the great minds of the early twentieth century. This conference combines a critical retrieval of Figgis’ thought with constructive reflection on the mission of the Church in our pluralistic world.

Click here for full details and registration.

(13 Feb 2019)

CFP: Biblical Hebrew Poetry as Jewish and Christian Scripture for the 21st Century

This conference explores the meaning of the Bible's poetry as Jewish and Christian scripture in the 21st century - the difficulties (ambiguity, genre blending/bending, figurative language), the dynamics (poetry as experience relayed and as experience relived, theological explorations of form and content, prosody and parallelism), and the effects and demands on hearers and reading communities.

Participating speakers include Prof Ellen Davis (Duke University), Prof Ben Sommer (Jewish Theological Seminary), Prof John Goldingay (Fuller Theological Seminary), and Dr Yisca Zimran (Bar Ilan University).

24-25 June 2019, Ushaw College, Durham

The conference is organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University and Ushaw College, and is supported by the Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics.

For more details, and to register by 27 May, please visit the conference website.

(6 Feb 2019)

CFP: Study of Apocalyptic & Millenarian Movements conference

The Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements (CenSAMM) is to hold its first annual conference at the University of Bedfordshire (Bedford Campus) 27-28 June 2019.

The theme is The Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements: Critical and Interdisciplinary Approaches.

Organisers invite paper proposals by 31 March 2019.

See the full call for papers here.

(24 Jan 2019)