Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)
Priest, Theologian, Social Reformer.

The Scott Holland Trust was set up to perpetuate the memory of Henry Scott Holland by way of founding a Holland Lecture on “the theology of the Incarnation and its bearing on the social and economic life of man.”  It has been delivered by many of the most important theological and political thinkers of the twentieth-century including former Archbishops of Canterbury William Temple, Michael Ramsey and Rowan Williams, as well as professors including R.H. Tawney, A.D. Lindsay and D.M. Mackinnon. More recently lecturers have included director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor, the Rt Hon. Frank Field, and Professor Grace Davie.

The most recent lectures comprised a symposium at the Mirfield Centre. Speakers including Jeremy Morris, Paul Avis, Stephen Spencer and Malcolm Brown told the story of Anglican Social Theology from its Nineteenth century roots in the thought and action of F.D Maurice and the Christian Socialists, through Brooke Foss Westcott and Mirfield’s own Charles Gore, to William Temple and his successors.

With responses from Alison Milbank, Susan Lucas and Matthew Bullimore, and delegates from across the country, the conference continued a very lively and timely conversation. A book is due to be published by SCM Press in the autumn.

The centenary of Scott Holland’s death in 2018, followed by the setting up of the Trust (1920) and first lectures (1922, by R.H. Tawney) will be a focus for the next lecture series.

 

 

 


The Henry Scott Holland Memorial
in St Paul’s Cathedral, London. 

2017 Lectures: AST at the Mirfield Centre

The 2017 Scott Holland Lectures were organised by the Revd Dr Stephen Spencer and took place at the Mirfield Centre. The event was a sell-out residential conference on Anglican Social Theology (AST) from 20th to 21st January. Participants came from across the country including Truro, London, Gloucester and Durham. The speakers told the story of AST from its Nineteenth century roots in the thought and action of F.D Maurice and the Christian Socialists, through Brooke Foss Westcott and Mirfield’s own Charles Gore, to William Temple and his successors. Jeremy Morris, Alison Milbank, Paul Avis and Stephen Spencer told this story and responded to each other’s papers, building up a sense of ongoing conversation through the conference. Malcolm Brown, Susan Lucas and Matthew Bullimore brought us into the present, paying attention to our neo-liberal context and drawing out the contribution of the movement’s ‘coalition communitarianism’ (Brown) to our increasingly atomistic society at local as well as national level. The lectures by Morris, Avis, Spencer and Brown comprised the Scott Holland lectures, forming the backbone of the conference. Bill Jacob, the chair of the Scott Holland Trust, described the lectures as thoroughly engaging and the organisation of the conference as a brilliant success. Thanks are due to the Mirfield Centre for much of this. Stephen Spencer, Vice Principal of St Hilda College based at Mirfield and conference convenor, will be turning the papers into a book to be published by SCM Press in the autumn.