Creature Conference: Is Christianity Good News for Animals?
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SARX: Christian Animal Welfare
October 2016

Pioneering conference in London is set to explore animal issues within Christian life - The Creature Conference: Is Christianity Good News for Animals? - March 18, 2017


Sarx, a UK based Christian animal welfare charity, has announced its ground-breaking Creature Conference on Saturday 18th March 2017 at Oasis Auditorium, London. This unique event aims to equip and support Christians to engage theologically and practically with animal issues within the Christian life.

Together with world leading speakers, delegates will have the opportunity to explore animals and animal issues theologically, as well as reflect spiritually upon animal advocacy in Christian daily life. Those hungry for change will gain the confidence to take action, raise awareness and make tangible differences within their communities. This will be a unique opportunity to network with people from a range of traditions and backgrounds and to stimulate productive dialogue among Christians throughout the UK and beyond.

During this conference, delegates will hear from a line-up of globally renowned speakers who demonstrate both academic excellence and ecumenical unity in treating animals as a primary Christian concern:

  • Dr Margaret Adam - Theologian, ethicist, author and former lecturer at Loyola University Maryland and the University of Glasgow. Currently Visiting Tutor at St Stephen’s House, University of Oxford.
  • The Rt Revd John Arnold - Roman Catholic Bishop of Salford, spokesman on the environment for the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and Chair of the Trustees of CAFOD
  • Professor John Berkman - Lecturer in Moral Theology at Regis College, University of Toronto. Previously professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA and at Duke University in Durham, NC.
  • Dr Tony Campolo - Professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University, Baptist minister, author, public speaker and former spiritual advisor to U.S. President Bill Clinton
  • Professor David Clough - Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Chester, President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, Founder of CreatureKind, and Methodist lay preacher
  • Dr Ruth Valerio - Churches and Theology Director for A Rocha UK, environmentalist, theologian, social activist and author on justice, environmental and lifestyle issues
  • The Rt Revd Dominic Walker - President of the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals, former Bishop of Monmouth and Honorary Vice President of the RSPCA.

The conference will feature a roundtable discussion with all the speakers and workshops including:

  • Animals in Spiritual Development and Mission
  • A Piece of Eden: Art Therapy and Animals
  • Speaking for Those Without a Voice
  • Engage Your Church with Animals: The CreatureKind Course
  • Becoming an Animal Friendly Church
  • Living Laudato Si’: Putting Eco-Theology to Work for Animals
  • It’s Not a Competition: How to Love Human and Animal Neighbours

Workshop leaders include Professor John Berkman, Dr Tony Campolo, Dr Philip J Sampson, Jane Darrall, The Revd Dr Helen Hall and Dr Allison Covey

The day will also include the opportunity to explore and reflect through a series of interactive stations including a virtual reality experience, prayer stands, crafts and an art exhibition.

“All over the UK, a growing tide of people want to challenge injustice towards animals and are eager to engage both theologically and practically with animal issues within the Christian life. This conference will give those people the tools to speak out for those without a voice.”
- Daryl Booth

Order your ticket today at The Creature Conference for only £65.00 which includes lunch and refreshments.

A special concessionary rate for those who are both unwaged and cannot afford the full rate is available at £35.00.

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