CTF 2020 Research Day Poster



Monday 1st June 2020


Room 1:



Zoom Meeting ID: 828 3317 3573

Password: oikonomia


Room 2:



Meeting ID: 965 1352 3164

Password: synergy

10.00 Welcome and introduction to the day  

Andrew Stobart (Wesley)


(Zoom Room 1)

10.15 Faithfulness in a plural Britain: beyond culture wars

Carole Irwin (Wesley)


The reality of difference, and particularly the tensions between secularity and religious identity, is a feature of late-modern Western democracies.  How can Christians negotiate these tensions as they find expression in the daily ‘aporiae’ of practiced Christian conviction, without sliding into forms of culture war?


(Zoom Room 1)

  Stream 1 – all in Zoom Room 1 Stream 2 – all in Zoom Room 2
11.00 Relating appropriate political and economic philosophies in Sierra Leone to Wesleyans Theology

Joseph Moiba (Wesley)


This paper is about reality in Sierra Leone vis-à-vis the Wesleyan manifesto and how it can influence Sierra Leonean political and economic practices. The paper is based on theological reflections on good governance and best economic practices drawn from the Wesleyan  manifesto and scriptural holiness in Sierra Leone.


Religious faith, trauma, and the effects of trauma therapy

Kate Loewenthal (CTF)


Trauma is defined. Known effects of trauma, and forms of therapy are summarised. Cases of trauma therapy from the orthodox Jewish community are described.  Clients distinguished intellectual religious belief from religious faith. Faith was destroyed by trauma, and returned following therapy. Wider implications for other faith groups are discussed.

11.30 Hearing the Silent Speak: an exploration into the Spirituality of Severely Disabled Children

Sue Price (MBIT)


I will present some of the key findings from my PhD research which is now nearing completion.  I will consider the practical theology offerings my findings can contribute to a secular healthcare setting.

The Breathing of a Mind

Debbie Caulk (Wesley)


While the word ‘mindfulness’ may be new, various  forms of mindfulness practice are found consistently in historic Christian writings. My research focuses on the life and writings of Agnes Collinson Bulmer (1775-1836), who taught mindfulness practices to Anglican-Methodist women living in stressful, dangerous, Georgian-era Britain.

12.00 Augustine on Christology and Contemplation

Kirsty Borthwick (Westcott)


In this paper I present my research on Augustine’s forma servi, forma dei Christology and its influence on prayer. Augustine’s concern is with how Christ ‘acts’, rather than Christ’s ‘being’. Thus, I will read his Christology as an invitation for Christ to perfect us for the activity of contemplation.

Language of Theological Reflection: processing life events in light of Christian faith

Sarah Dunlop (Ridley) and Catherine Nancekievill (Westcott)



Lunch break


13.30 An empirical method for studying the mixed economy church in the light of Rowan Williams’ ecclesiology

Andrew Dunlop (Ridley)




The role of the Church and Pastoral workers in supporting the Social and Identity Experiences of Black Men in the UK

Elizabeth Piki (CTF)


The study aims at finding out the identity and social experiences of black men in the UK, and the reasons of black men’s overrepresentation in gangs and criminal activity.


14.00 Chris Sandy (Wesley)

Cross-cultural Leadership in the Methodist Church in Britain

Religious Life: Discerning the Future

Gemma Simmonds (MBIT)


A recently completed research project  by The Religious Life Institute at MBIT interviewing Catholic and Anglican women vocations seekers in the UK & Ireland suggests that there is no crisis of vocations, but there is a significant crisis of culture determining the future of religious life as traditionally lived.



Closing Plenary Discussion

Andrew Stobart (Wesley)


An opportunity to discuss what we have noticed about the research agenda of the Cambridge Theological Federation through the presentations today.


(Zoom Room 1)