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Contemporary Interpretations, Future Directions

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (All day)
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG
Seminar Room

This one-day workshop will explore different forms of charitable work as well as new ways of interpreting what the New Testament calls diakonía – ‘service’.

Practitioners and academics will reflect on current charitable endeavours and conceptual problems at the crossroads of Christian ethics and systematics, practical theology and political theology. In a distinct move towards diaconic studies, the contributors will seek to identify opportunities for diaconia now and in the years to come.

Workshop schedule

9:30 – 10:00 Arrival, Tea & Coffee, Introductions

10:00 – 10:35 Katherine Southwood: Job's Rejection of "Illness as Punishment"

10:40 – 11:15 Margaret Whipp: Sanctifying the Secular: The Priestly-Diaconal Face of Healthcare Chaplaincy

Coffee & Tea 11:15 – 11:30am

11:30 – 12:05 Angus Ritchie The Church as “For”, “With” or “Of” the Poorest - Implications for the Understanding and Practice of diaconia

12:10– 12:45 Paul Bickley: Neighbourhood Resilience as an Objective of Congregational Social Action

Lunch 12:45 – 1:30pm

1:30 – 2:05 pm – Daniel Singleton: Relational Diaconia—A Practitioners Perspective: The East London experience of Lifeline and National Reflections of FaithAction

2:10 – 2:45pm Therese Feiler: Political Diaconia—Challenges to the German Diakonie

Coffee break 2:45 – 3:00pm

3:05 – 3:40pm Phillip Blond in conversation with Joshua Hordern

3:40–4pm Next steps, wrap-up & farewell


Please note, this is an invitation-only event.


Contact name: 
Therese Feiler