Liverpool 2015 “…it was a wonderful conference and I can’t wait for the next one!

The Third National School Chaplains’ Conference at Liverpool Hope University – June 2015

 

“…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

 

 

 

SEMINARS

UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF BEREAVEMENT ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

 Barry Lyonette

SUSTAINING YOUR CHURCH OF ENGLAND CHARACTER/ETHOS: THE CONSEQUENCES FOR STAFF APPOINTMENTS                                                             

Howard Dellar & David Whittington

CRISIS COUNSELLING AND SCHOOL CHAPLAINCY                                                        

Garry Neave

THE SPIRITUALITY OF ST IGNATIUS FOR SCHOOLS                                                     

Adrian Porter

“WHAT IF LEARNING”                                                                                                         

Jane Brooke

CHAPLAINCY IN MULTI-FAITH SCHOOLS:  A PASTORAL THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION ON PAST AND CURRENT PRACTICE WITH DISCUSSION/SHARING OF IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE                    

David Owen

SIXTH FORM HOMELESS SLEEPOUT – A PROPHETIC EXPERIENCE OF CHURCH                                              

James Potter

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                                                                                               

Paul Sanderson

A THEOLOGY FOR SCHOOL CHAPLAINCY                                                                     

John Caperon

HOW CAN CHAPLAINCY SUPPORT ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH?                  

Lindsay Collins

CRANMANIA – THE UNEXPECTED COOL OF THE 16TH CENTURY                     

Tess Kuin-Lawton

PRAYER SPACES IN SCHOOLS                                                                                                

Kes Grant

 

                         

                                                                                                                                                

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

 

FATHER TIMOTHY RADCLIFFE OP

ROGER BOLTON

LINDA WOODHEAD

PAUL BARBER

REVD NIGEL GENDERS

LORETTA MINGHELLA OBE

TEN TEN THEATRE COMPANY