Past Events

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Past Events

The Centre runs various events throughout the year, including conferences, seminars, and courses. More information about past events can be found below.

  • 19th-23rd August 2019: Summer School. The Gospel in a Polarised Society: Finding peace and hope in a fractured world. What does the good news of Jesus Christ’s life, death, resurrection and coming again mean for a post Brexit society riven by economic, political and social division? How do the faithful Christian practices of healing and reconciliation appear in local communities fractured by disagreement  and conflict that are disinterested in the Gospel and indifferent towards the church?Each day included a Bible reflection, a main address, small group discussions, practical seminars and workshops as well as free time and other activities.
  • 26th October 2019: North East Presbyteries Conference: ‘Renewal and Revival - Practises of Flourishing Churches’. This conference examined the subject of the renewal and revival of churches as it appears within the Bible and Christian tradition and considered the practices of two growing Christian fellowships in Aberdeen. With Rev Dr Ken Jeffrey, Dr David Smith, Pastor Vijay Pillai and Dorothy Plummer.
  • 20th-24th August 2018: Summer School, Times and Seasons: Exploring transitions in life, the local church and the world Sir Duncan Rice Library, University  of Aberdeen
  • 12th May 2018: "Calvin for Pastors" day conference.
  • 8th September 2018: North East Presbyteries Conference. This conference examined the question ‘What kind of church?’ It explored the theological issues that surround the challenges and opportunities which present themselves to churches as they seek to bear a faithful witness to the Gospel in the world today. Guided by the four questions crafted by Practical Theologian Richard Osmer; ‘What is going on?’, ‘Why is this going on?’, ‘What ought  to be going on?’ and  ‘How might we respond?’ we considered the nature of Christian fellowship as discussed by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and what it means to participate in the mission of God. With Rev Dr Ken Jeffrey, Dr David Smith, and Rev Professor Philip Ziegler. 
  • January 10th - 12th 2017: Winter Retreat, Navigating Transition - in life, faith and ministry
  • Aberdeen Academy of Theology, Led by Professor Ivor Davidson  
    • February 4th 2017, Day 1: The Church of God
    • March 4th 2017, Day 2: One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church 
    • April 1st 2017, Day 3: On being the Church
  • May 20th 2017 Luther's Legacy for 21st Century Ministry.
  • August 21st - 25th 2017: Summer School
  • January 5th - 7th 2016: Winter Retreat, "Deep Listening" - The Bield, Perthshire
  • March 12th 2016: Day Conference: ‘Barth for Pastors’
  • August 22nd - 26th 2016:  Summer School, 'Exile: Living Faithfully and Hopefully'
  • September 3rd 2016: Aberdeen Academy of Theology, 'We Believe in the Holy Spirit'
  • September 17th 2016: Remembrance Worship Conference
  • October 1st 2016: Aberdeen Academy of Theology, 'We Believe in the Holy Spirit'
  • November 5th 2016: Aberdeen Academy of Theology, 'We Believe in the Holy Spirit'
  • 6th-8th January 2015: Winter Retreat at The Bield, Blackruthven. Led by David and Maggie Lunan, this Retreat offers those involved in full time Christian Ministry an opportunity to stop awhile and to take time to reflect upon their calling and faith.
  • 24th March 2015: Bonhoeffer for Pastors.
  • 12th May 2015: Annual Seminar and Lecture, Rev Dr Graham Tomlin, Principal of St Mellitus College, London. Seminar papers. Additional paper.
  • 23rd May 2015: Aberdeen Academy of Theology, 'Thinking and Living Faithfully'
  • August 16th - 21st 2015: Summer School Old Aberdeen 'Participating in the Ministry of Christ'. More information. Leaders biographies.
  • September 12th 2015: Day Conference, 'All Souls and All Saints Worship'
  • September 19th, October 31st, November 21st: Aberdeen Academy of Theology, 'Who is God?'
  • November 4th and 5th 2015: Training Day: 'A Place for Hope'
  • 27th May 2014: Launch Event. Professor N T Wright 'Paul and the Faithfulness of God'. Public lecture, reception and book signing
  • 1st November 2014: Advent Worship Conference. Facilitated by Rev Dr David Sinclair, Professor Paul Nimmo, Rev Roddy Hamilton and Rev Linda Pollock, this conference aims to inspire and enthuse ministers and worship leaders as they prepare to conduct services during the wonderful season of Advent.