EFCW Summer Conferences

Evangelical Fellowship in the Church in Wales

EFCW Summer conferences 2012

Issues facing Christians today

The title of John Stott’s book sets the theme for this year’s summer conferences.  Ethical issues, mostly relating to ‘hatching, matching and dispatching’ are constantly grabbing the headlines and, on many of them, we as Christians need to take a considered stand based on a biblical perspective.  We also need to know how to care pastorally for people grappling with such issues at a personal level.  The speakers have experience and expertise in different fields, so the three conferences will each cover different topics.

12th May

St Mary’s and All Saints Church, CONWY LL32 8LD 

‘Euthanasia – What would Jesus do?’ Derek Munday

An exploration of a growing pastoral issue.

Dr Derek Munday is a retired general practitioner who was involved in the politics and management of health care provision and who led a Christian organisation for Health Care Professionals.  He is a Reader in the Church in Wales.

19th May

The hall, St Mary’s Church, Malpas NEWPORT NP20 6GQ

‘End of Life care on the Intensive Care unit’   Jeremy Bewley

issues such as organ donation, euthanasia and the ‘right to die’.

‘A Christian approach to palliative care in the hospice’   Nigel Rawlinson

How to share one’s faith with the terminally ill.

‘Christian perspectives at the beginning of life’   Caroline Virgo

Dr Jeremy Bewley has been a Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia at the Bristol Royal Infirmary since 2001.  He was educated at Monmouth School, where he was confirmed.  He and his family are presently supporting a church graft in Bristol.

Reverend Mr Nigel Rawlinson is Specialty Doctor, Palliative Medicine, at Dorothy House Hospice.  He is also Honorary Consultant Emergency Medicine, University Hospitals Bristol.  He is Director of Student Affairs, University of Bristol.  He is Associate Minister of All Saints Church, Weston, Bath.

Caroline Virgo trained as a Barrister and is now the Director of Hope’s Place, Bristol, a faith-based Christian charity she established in 2005.  It provides support for women and couples with pregnancy related issues, including crisis pregnancy, baby loss and post natal depression.

26th May

St Teilo’s Church, LLANDEILO, SA19 6EN

‘Sexual  Challenges for the Family and Positive Responses’ Lisa Nolland

‘Kids, Youth Culture and Sex: The Bad News and the Good’ Lisa Nolland

‘Jesus and Sex Ethics’ John Nolland

Dr Lisa Nolland is web consultant for the informative Anglican Mainstream website.  Lisa has a particular writing and research interest in sexuality in contemporary society and especially the challenges this poses for Christians in a fast-changing context.

Rev’d Professor John Nolland, is Tutor in New Testament, Trinity College Bristol and Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol.  John is an Australian with parish experience in the Diocese of Sydney and previous teaching experience in Canada.

Full details of all three conferences can be found on the EFCW website

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