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.

These lectures returned us very much to the central concerns of the Scott Holland Trust and it is planned that the next few years which include the centenary of Scott Holland’s death (2018), the establishment of the Trust (2020) and the first lecture’s (Richard Tawney’s 1922 lectures that formed the basis for his Religion and the Rise of Capitalism) will build upon the foundations set in this excellent series.

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.