- 18th Jun 15
- 20th Jun 15
“…it was a wonderful conference and I can’t wait for the next one!" said one chaplain.
To have been at Liverpool Hope University this June for the Third National School Chaplaincy Conference was to have experienced something described as "excellent, supportive, vital, timely and personally ‘a bit of a life-saver’”
Of course, I would use these quotes, wouldn't I, since I am a member of the organising committee. But they summarise nicely what I experienced personally. As a long-standing attender of conferences I can honestly say that 2015 was bigger and better than anything before.
It was the quality, as well as the choice, of seminars that left chaplains asking for more seminar slots next time. It was the opportunity to be challenged, stimulated, and energised by a range of speakers who clearly value and understand School chaplaincy that made a lasting impression. And it was the opportunity to worship and pray with fellow school chaplains that undergirded it.
And, perhaps most importantly, even though it meant being away from school in mid-June, the conversations, consolations, and confabulations with fellow chaplains refreshed, renewed, and restored me.
There is no doubt that the presence of chaplains in Jesuit schools, which complemented the already ecumenical awareness of school chaplaincy, enhanced this year's conference. It is very exciting to explore the ever increasing range of models of school chaplaincy. It is very encouraging that there were more maintained schools represented; chaplaincy among younger children is also clearly on the increase, as is the welcome ministry of lay people.
It is impossible to summarise the experience: below is given a list of the speakers and seminar topics.
Do book the 2017 dates now! Fr John Thackray
UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF BEREAVEMENT ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
SUSTAINING YOUR CHURCH OF ENGLAND CHARACTER/ETHOS: THE CONSEQUENCES FOR STAFF APPOINTMENTS
Howard Dellar & David Whittington
CRISIS COUNSELLING AND SCHOOL CHAPLAINCY
THE SPIRITUALITY OF ST IGNATIUS FOR SCHOOLS
“WHAT IF LEARNING”
CHAPLAINCY IN MULTI-FAITH SCHOOLS: A PASTORAL THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION ON PAST AND CURRENT PRACTICE WITH DISCUSSION/SHARING OF IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE
SIXTH FORM HOMELESS SLEEPOUT – A PROPHETIC EXPERIENCE OF CHURCH
AWE AND WONDER: ENCOURAGING PRE-UNIVERSITY SCIENTISTS TO EXPLORE THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN SCIENCE AND FAITH
Michael Harvey & Stephanie Bryant
TEAMWORK, TRAVEL AND TRANSFORMATION: INTEGRATING CITIZENSHIP, DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION, AND REFLECTIVE PRACTICE IN HIGH-IMPACT INTERNATIONAL TRIPS WITH A PURPOSE
A THEOLOGY FOR SCHOOL CHAPLAINCY
HOW CAN CHAPLAINCY SUPPORT ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH?
CRANMANIA – THE UNEXPECTED COOL OF THE 16TH CENTURY
PRAYER SPACES IN SCHOOLS
FATHER TIMOTHY RADCLIFFE OP
REVD NIGEL GENDERS
LORETTA MINGHELLA OBE
TEN TEN THEATRE COMPANY
Location: Liverpool Hope University