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, 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.

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