Marginalisation & Alienation (2002)

July 16, 2002 - July 18, 2002

Marginalisation and Alienation
16th to 18th July 2002 (St Chad’s College, Durham)

The Theme

The purpose of the conference is to explore and assay ideas and experiences of marginalisation and alienation not just as “out there” in the socio-political world but within pastoral practice, within theology, within our activities of whatever kind, and not least within our own lives and relationships. We all feel central and marginal, alienated and alienating at different times and in different places. Estrangement is an everyday experience and one that has relative and subjective as well as objective aspects to it. Many of us feel alienated from our bodily experiences as well as from those whose bodies or habits are different from ours. Again, at a practical theology conference, many people at least some of the time may entertain the feeling that their interests, talents, needs and concerns are marginal to the ‘centre’ of the conference or the discipline. The committee hope that this theme might be explored in different ways, from different perspectives and involve exploring experience as well as theory.

The Principal Speakers

Dr James Alison is an English Catholic theologian, priest and author. He has studied, lived and worked in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and the United States. He earned his doctorate in theology from the Jesuit Faculty in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He is the author of Knowing Jesus (1992, 8), Raising Abel (1996), The Joy of Being Wrong (1998) and Faith Beyond Resentment: Fragments Catholic and Gay (2001). He currently works as an itinerant preacher, lecturer and retreat giver.

Professor Duncan Forrester taught Politics as an educational missionary at Madras Christian College in India from 1962-1970. From 1970-78 he was Chaplain and Lecturer in Politics and Religious Studies at the University of Sussex. From 1978-2002 he was Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at New College, University of Edinburgh. His most recent publications include Truthful Action: Explorations in Practical Theology (1999) and On Human Worth: A Christian Vindication of Equality (2001).

Dr Frances Ward is an Anglican vicar in the diocese of Manchester. Formerly she was tutor in pastoral theology at Northern College in Manchester, training ministers for the United Reformed Church and Congregational Federation. Her doctoral thesis (Manchester, 2000) was a study of power in a congregation using qualitative methods, exploring issues around gender and race, and the negotiation with dominance. She continues to write and teach in the areas of congregational analysis, supervision, Christology, gender, theology and literature.