2023 IOCS Summer Institute

Finding God in the Everyday: Faith, Profession, Vocation

Wesley House, Cambridge, 11-12 September 2023 (also with Zoom participation)

The aim of our Summer Institute this year is to bring together voices from within the wider Church who would speak of how their Christian faith meets their profession, their work, or their vocation. We intend to have a range of speakers who can both offer insights into a theological framework of this encounter, rooted in patristic, ascetic, and contemporary perspectives, and offer praxis-based reflection, as practitioners in their various fields of activity (from art, medicine, education, socio-pastoral work etc.).

We believe this to be a timely topic for two reasons: firstly it acknowledges the role of the laity in shaping our awareness of the diversity of Christian experience today, both in the sense of challenges but also of occasions for discernment of God’s presence in the world today. Secondly, as part of our lived negotiation of faith and praxis in the West, we experience the difficulty of ‘finding God in the everyday’, as our society grows increasingly secular and spiritually fragmented. Nothing could highlight more this challenge than the stark, statistical evidence that Christianity is today a minority in the UK, with 46.2% of the population of England and Wales describing themselves as Christian on the day of the 2021 census, down from 59.3% a decade earlier.

Talks at this event are expected to be about 30 minutes in length and they will be followed by question-and-answer sessions with the participants (who will be both onsite and online).

PARTICIPATION FEES ARE: £100 for on-site participation (including tea and coffee), £75 for online participation. Discounts for students are: £70 on-site / £50 online; IOCS students: £50 on-site / £25 online.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

Sister Vassa Larin

Revd Prof Brandon Gallaher

Dr Alexander Lingas

Dr Hermina Nedelescu

Aidan Hart

Dr Petre Maican

Sebastian Koga MD

Dr Mercedes Johnson

More speakers to be added shortly.

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