We are delighted to announce our ground-breaking Creature Conference on Saturday 18th March 2017 at Oasis Auditorium, London. This unique event aims to equip and support Christians to engage theologically and practically with animal issues within the Christian life.
Do you want to explore the Christian approach to animals and their role in our lives?
Do you have a heart for animals and want to put that energy into action?
Do you want to see animal welfare issues on the agenda of your Church?
Then this conference is for you!
The Creature Conference brings to you the best of the recent, unprecedented momentum of theological concern for animals. Thousands of Christians in the UK are passionate that animal issues should be on the forefront of the Church’s agenda. This pioneering conference will inform, inspire, and empower Christians to put their convictions into action!
Together with world leading speakers, delegates will have the opportunity to explore animals and animal issues theologically, as well as reflect spiritually upon animal advocacy in Christian daily life. Those hungry for change will gain the confidence to take action, raise awareness and make tangible differences within their communities. This will be a unique opportunity to network with people from a range of traditions and backgrounds and to stimulate productive dialogue among Christians throughout the UK and beyond.
We are delighted to announce a line-up of globally renowned speakers who demonstrate both academic excellence and ecumenical unity in treating animals as a primary Christian concern.
Dr Margaret Adam – Theologian, ethicist, author and former lecturer at Loyola University Maryland and the University of Glasgow. Currently Visiting Tutor at St Stephen’s House, University of Oxford.
The Rt Revd John Arnold – Roman Catholic Bishop of Salford, spokesman on the environment for the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and Chair of the Trustees of CAFOD
Professor John Berkman Lecturer in Moral Theology at Regis College, University of Toronto. Previously professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA and at Duke University in Durham, NC.
Dr Tony Campolo – Professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University, Baptist minister, author, public speaker and former spiritual advisor to U.S. President Bill Clinton
Professor David Clough – Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Chester, President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, Founder of CreatureKind, and Methodist lay preacher
Dr Ruth Valerio – Churches and Theology Director for A Rocha UK, environmentalist, theologian, social activist and author on justice, environmental and lifestyle issues
The Rt Revd Dominic Walker – President of the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals, former Bishop of Monmouth and Honorary Vice President of the RSPCA
Be resourced with the confidence and skills to take action and initiate change within your community through our exciting choice of workshops including:
- Animals in Spiritual Development and Mission
- A Piece of Eden: Art Therapy and Animals
- Speaking for Those Without a Voice
- Engage Your Church with Animals: The CreatureKind Course
- Becoming an Animal Friendly Church
- Living Laudato Si’: Putting Eco-Theology to Work for Animals
- The Wisdom of the Ancients: How the Earliest Christians Understood Animals
- It’s Not a Competition: How to Love Human and Animal Neighbours
… and much more!
Workshop leaders include Professor John Berkman, Dr Tony Campolo, Dr Philip J Sampson, Jane Darrall, The Revd Dr Helen Hall and Dr Allison Covey.
The day will also feature Q&A sessions, a round-table discussion and the opportunity to explore and reflect through a series of interactive stations including a virtual reality experience, prayer stands, crafts and an art exhibition.
What Are People Saying About the Creature Conference?
Recent work on the status of animals has resulted in some theological proposals that offer constructive alternatives for how we think faithfully about God. The Creature Conference reflects these developments which means this will be a very important event.
(Professor Stanley Hauerwas – Lecturer of theology and ethics, Duke University, North Carolina)
Jesus once spoke of human compassion for animals being so basic that it argued for increased compassion for fellow humans (Matthew 12:11), and he presented God as caring for the most seemingly insignificant creature (Matthew 10:29). But sadly, both religious and secular people often show little heartfelt concern for the well-being of our sisters and brothers in the animal kingdom. Thank God that the Creature Conference is rekindling our connection and concern for all living creatures, our neighbors and relatives in God’s creation.
(Dr Brian McLaren – Pastor, author and theologian)
I’m so glad this conference is happening. It will take further what I hope is a growing consensus amongst Christians that animal life deserves the same respect and care as the rest of God’s creation, animal, vegetable and mineral, as well as human. We share the same space, just as we share God’s love. (The Rt Revd John Pritchard – Author and former Bishop of Oxford)
Laudato Si has inaugurated a new day for Catholic thought on non-human animals. What Laudato Si presumes about non-human animals would have shocked Catholics a decade or two ago. The Creature Conference is a fantastic opportunity for Catholics and all Christians to better understand key developments in recent Christian thought that makes God’s great love of all animals so abundantly clear.
(Professor John Berkman – Lecturer of theology, Regis College, Toronto)
The Creature Conference is an event clearly inspired by the vision of bringing Shalom down to earth. Sarx’s effort to stoke the theological imagination of Christians and empower them to adopt more compassionate daily discipleship practices—at the Creature Conference and beyond—promises to bless human beings, animals and the planet.
(Professor Matthew C. Halteman – Lecturer of philosophy, Calvin College, Michigan)
The Creature Conference will take place on Saturday 18th March 2017 at Oasis Auditorium, London.
Order your ticket today for only £65.00* which includes lunch and refreshments.
A special concessionary rate for those who are both unwaged and cannot afford the full rate is available at £35.00**.
*We are passionate about giving as many people as possible the opportunity to attend this conference and therefore the ticket prices are greatly subsided (The true cost for us is over £100 per person).