The 2012 Biennial Conference


Sunken Garden at Holland House

Holland House, the venue for the 2012 Biennial Conference

Breakdown or Breakthrough?

Working with conflict as Pastoral Care Advisers

The Biennial Conference takes place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May 2012 at  Holland House, Cropthorne, Worcestershire WR10 3NB.

Keynote speakers will be Reverend Jeremy Young and Reverend Canon Jackie Searle.

This year’s consultation will be on the theme of conflict and so we have invited two speakers who will address the issue from psychological, theological and practical perspectives.

Reverend Jeremy Young

Jeremy works as a Systemic Family Psychotherapist in Somerset. He is a former Director of Pastoral and Practical Theology in the Church of Ireland Theological College in Dublin, a past chairman of the Guild of Pastoral Psychology and a published poet. His books, The Cost of Certainty’ and ‘The Violence of God and the War on Terror’ explore the repressive and violent tendencies within the monotheistic religions.

Jeremy will reflect as a pastoral theologian on the theme of conflict, bearing in mind the current painful schisms in the Church of England. He will draw on his pastoral/theological and psychological insights to consider how we might work with individual and organisational defences to move from entrenched positions to a more co-operative stance.

Reverend Canon Jackie Searle

Jackie is the vicar of St Peter’s, Littleover, Derby, Rural Dean of Derby South and is a member of the General Synod of the Church of England. She was on the staff at Trinity College, Bristol from 1996-2003 where she was Dean of Women and taught Pastoral Theology. Jackie has been Dean of Women’s Ministry in the Diocese of Derby for several years and has interests in conflict transformation, pastoral theology, leadership and spirituality. She also undertakes occasional work for Bridge Builders in helping churches to handle conflict.

Using case studies Jackie will draw from her experience to enable us all to think about the different, often complex and difficult facets of working with conflict.

Throughout the weekend there will also be the opportunity for reflective practice groups and worship as well as free time to meet up with colleagues.

The conference will start at 4pm on Friday 18th May and close following lunch on Sunday 20th May.