Leading figure of the church, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has today expressed his keen support for a major national conference on chaplaincy that will see church representatives from across the country flood into York St John’s University next month.
The ‘Charting Chaplaincy in Action’ conference on 10 September will play host to numebrs of key speakers, panels and workshops that will see chaplains from across the military, healthcare, education service, retail and prison service unite to discuss and explore the role of the chaplain in today’s society.
The conference will be headed by Jean McNiff, professor of educational research at York St John Unversity and will also look specifically at the ways through which to chart the kinships across all areas of chaplaincy to create a research and education agenda that will drive the role of the chaplain forwards with the future.
The York event has now been given a supreme seal of approval as Archbishop, Dr Rowan Williams, has spoken out to give the conference his full backing. He praised the work of the chaplains who he said often find themselves ministering “at the sharp end of some harsh life experiences”, going on to describe their efforts as indispensable to an increasingly secularised society that often marginalises the spiritual in a “churchy box”.
Dr Williams continued: “I am delighted to be able to commend this conference on ‘Charting Chaplaincy in Action’. Chaplains personify a ministry that reaches out and which vitally enhances the Church’s awareness of society and of the lives of individuals. I am deeply grateful to all who exercise these, often costly, ministries.”
The ‘Charting Chaplaincy in Action’ conference will take place at York St John University on 10 September 2012, from 10 am until 4 pm. To find out more and book a place, click here.