The Annual McDonald Centre Conference | The Public Legitimacy of the Church of England.

The next McDonald Centre for Theology Ethics and Public Life Annual Conference, will take place on 10 June 2024.

It will further develop the research and public engagement of the Centre's project, The Public Legitimacy of the Church of England.


Within our contemporary moment, the public legitimacy of the Church of England in England’s life and in the United Kingdom’s constitution and political life is being newly explored and questioned, inspiring multiple and complex responses.  The recent death of HM Queen Elizabeth II and Coronation of Charles III in May 2023 have brought to the surface some aspects of these concerns. 


Hosted at Pusey House, Oxford in partnership with the Centre for Cultural Witness, the Conference brings together an exciting array of speakers from a variety of backgrounds to bring their insights to bear on the past and future of the establishment of the Church of England. The conference brings a focused set of contemporary questions about loyalty, mission, history, place, ecumenism and inter-faith relations, into conversation with the theology, political thought and history which lie behind the Church of England’s public role.



Revd Dr Joshua Hordern, Professor of Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford; Interim Director, McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life, University of Oxford. 
Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, Director, Centre for Cultural Witness; former Bishop of Kensington.
Dr Mehmet Ciftci, Research assistant for the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life, University of Oxford.  

Archbishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Bishop of London. 

Revd Dr Malcolm Brown, Director of Faith and Public Life, Church of England.

Dr Jonathan Chaplin, Honorary Fellow of Wesley House, University of Cambridge.

Canon Prof Mark Chapman, Professor of the History of Modern Theology, University of Oxford.  

The Venerable Dr Edward Dowler, Archdeacon of Hastings & Dean (designate) of Chichester.

Shermara Fletcher-Hoyte, Principal Officer for Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Multi-Cultural Relations for Churches Together in England. 

Daniel Greenberg, Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. 

Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC, formerly MP for Beaconsfield and Attorney General.

Tom Holland, historian, author, co-host of The Rest Is History podcast. 

Rt Revd James Newcome, retired Bishop of Carlisle, former member of the House of Bishops in the House of Lords. 

Catherine Pepinster, historian and former editor of The Tablet.

Dr Maria Power, Senior Research Fellow at the Las Casas Institute for Social Justice at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. 

Dr John Ritzema, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pharos Foundation and Pusey House.

Rt Revd Dr Andrew Rumsey, Suffragan Bishop of Ramsbury in the Diocese of Salisbury. 

Rt Revd Dr Eleanor Sanderson, Suffragan Bishop of Hull in the Diocese of York.