Conversation Day on Christianity and Ecology – 4 May 2019

Conversation Day on Christianity and Ecology – 4 May 2019

Our Institute’s second Conversation Day of the year will take place on Saturday, 4 May from 11am to 4pm, at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology (MBIT) in Cambridge (12 Grange Road, CB3 9DU). This Conversation Day will be organised jointly with our friends from MBIT and the theme of the day is Christianity and Ecology under the title ‘A Temple Not Made By Hands: The Christian Vision of Creation and Its Liturgical Roots’. All are welcome! The two featured speakers in conversation and their respective talks will be:

Dr Margaret Barker – ‘The Biblical Vision for Creation’
Dr Elizabeth Theokritoff – ‘A Worshipping Cosmos: Liturgical Tradition and Ecological Implications’

The programme of the day is:

11.00-12.30: Margaret Barker, followed by Elizabeth Theokritoff’s response.
12.30-2.00: Lunch break (participants can go to the Selwyn College canteen, or other nearby restaurant).
2.00-3.30: Elizabeth Theokritoff, followed by Margaret Barker’s response.
3.30-4.00: Q & A with both speakers, coffee/tea.

Dr Margaret Barker is a well-known author and scholar from the Methodist tradition. She studied theology at the University of Cambridge, after which she has devoted her life to research in ancient Christianity. She has developed an approach to biblical studies known as Temple Theology. She was the president of the Society for Old Testament Study, and authored numerous celebrated works, including: ‘Creation: a Biblical Vision for the Environment’, ‘The Older Testament: The Survival of Themes from the Ancient Royal Cult in Sectarian Judaism and Early Christianity’, ‘The Lost Prophet: The Book of Enoch and Its Influence on Christianity’, ‘The Gate of Heaven: The History and Symbolism of the Temple in Jerusalem’.

Dr Elizabeth Theokritoff is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Orthodox Christians Studies, Cambridge for which she has frequently lectured since its inception. She has had a particular interest in ‘theological ecology’ since 1988-9, when she served as visiting Orthodox Tutor at the Ecumenical Institute, Bossey, Switzerland, for the Graduate School on ‘Justice, peace and the integrity of creation’. Dr Theokritoff is co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Orthodox Christian Theology and author of ‘Living in God’s Creation: Orthodox Perspectives on Ecology’ (St Vladimir’s Seminary Press), as well as numerous articles and book chapters on Orthodoxy and ecology and liturgical theology.

To make a booking please contact Ela Wolbek: 01223 741 039 or email to

Here is a link to the poster for the Conversation Day and we would be grateful if you could kindly spread the word about this and all our future events.

Please note that the 4 May Conversation Day will take place on a Saturday (and not on a Friday evening like the previous Conversation Day on 5 April).

The date of our next (third) Conversation Day is Friday, 21 June 2019 (evening), when one of the guest speakers will be the renowned British composer and academic, Ivan Moody. An email with a poster will follow shortly.