Edinburgh Postgraduate Workshop on Conflict and Peace

Edinburgh Postgraduate Workshop on Conflict and Peace

Call for Papers and Participation

If you would like to participate in the event, and if you would like to present work in progress, please email george.wilkes@ed.ac.uk with a short description of your work or area of interest. The first meeting of the Workshop will be held 10am-4pm on November 29, at Paterson’s Land 1.21, Moray School of Education. Sandwich lunch will be provided. The Workshop is being organised by the Project on Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace (http://relwar.org).


Alison Elliot Seminar on Christian Faith and Civil Society


A seminar with Dr Alison Elliot
Old St Paul’s Church Hall, Jeffrey Street
Edinburgh EH1 1DH
Tuesday 1 November
Cost £5

This seminar builds on the interest aroused in a previous seminar in which Dr Alison Elliot gave a challenging perspective on the link between Christian faith and civil society. Alison will introduce three initiatives with which she has been associated: the Poverty Truth Commission, the Christie Commission and A Chance to Thrive. All focus on the importance of vibrant communities. She will discuss themes arising from this with Clare Radford, who is doing pioneering work as a community theologian in Glasgow.

Alison Elliot’s work straddles university, civil society and church. Formerly a lecturer in psychology, she is currently an Honorary Fellow at New College, University of Edinburgh, where she is Associate Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues. She has represented her church on many ecumenical and civic Bodies and is Convener of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Image credit: “St Giles” by Martin J-N

Rev Dr Johnston McKay to Present 2011 Chalmers Lectures


The Kirk
The Kingdom

A Century of Tension in Scottish Social Theology

delivered by

Rev Dr Johnston McKay

17th, 18th, 20th
24th, 25th, 27th

Martin Hall
New College
University of Edinburgh

1 Mound Place
Edinburgh EH1 2LU 

LECTURE 1. SIGNS AND SIGNALS Stirrings of Social Criticism in the mid 19th-century Church in Scotland

LECTURE 2. KINGDOM AND CO-OPERATION Robert Flint’s Paradigm shifts the emphasis from Church to Kingdom

LECTURE 3. PREACHING AND PRACTICE The Church in Glasgow gives shape to Kingdom values

LECTURE 4. EXPLORATIONS AND EXTREMES United Free Church theologians are poles apart in their teaching of the Kingdom

LECTURE 5. DEBATES AND DIVISIONS The Theology of the Kingdom begins to unravel in the United Free Church General Assembly

LECTURE 6. RELEGATION AND REUNION The Kingdom of God becomes a useful tool in the moves towards the union of 1929

Upcoming Lecture: A Covenantal Model for Medicine

The Centre for Theology and Public Issues


The Society, Religion and Technology Project

invite you to a seminar:

Developing a Reformational Perspective for Health Care:

A Covenantal Model for Medicine

given by:

Prof. James J. Rusthoven, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, FACP

Professor of Oncology, Department of Oncology, McMaster University, Canada

Wednesday October 26th at 4.10pm

Rainy Hall, New College,

1 Mound Place, Edinburgh EH1 2LU

For further information please contact:

Dr Murdo Macdonald
SRT Project, Church of Scotland


Image Credit: Spilled Orange Pills and Medicine Bottle by Pink Sherbet Photography

Event Reminder: Jolyon Mitchell Inaugural Lecture Tomorrow

Jolyon Mitchell will give his Inaugural Lecture as Professor of Communications, Arts and Religion at 2 pm this Thursday, 15 September, in the Assembly Hall, New College.  The lecture is entitled “‘Swords into Ploughshares’: Transforming Arms into Art”, and it will reflect in part his major new research project on “Peacebuilding through Media Arts”.

Professor Mitchell is a distinguished theologian, ethicist and broadcaster, who has lectured widely around the world.  He is the Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues.  As a scholar-teacher at New College, he has drawn upon the arts in exploring issues of vital importance: sponsoring dramatic performances, developing a popular course in theology and film ethics, and organising the major art exhibition “Shadows of the Divine”.

Professor Dorothy Miell, Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science, will chair the Lecture, which will last about an hour. There will be a reception in the Rainy Hall immediately after the lecture.

Image: Yevgeny Vuchetich, “Let Us Beat Swords Into Plowshares”  

Jolyon Mitchell Inaugural Lecture (UPDATED with Abstract)

The University of Edinburgh


Professor Jolyon Mitchell

Personal Chair of Communications, Arts and Religion

will deliver his

Inaugural Lecture

‘Swords into Ploughshares’

Transforming Arms into Art

in the Assembly Hall

New College

1 Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LU

on 15 September 2011 at 2.00pm

This lecture is open to the public

RSVP to Annie Hetherington


0131 650 6622


How can weapons be turned into art? How can ‘swords’ be transformed into ‘ploughshares’? For some scholars and practitioners involved in building peace, the phrase ‘Swords into Ploughshares’ is an overused cliché that has lost its original force. In this illustrated public lecture, Professor Jolyon Mitchell investigates how this ancient text is being brought to life in many different parts of the world through artistic projects promoting peace. He analyses how various artists are transforming weapons that used to kill into tools for farming, useful objects or symbols of peace. He explores how different museums, educators and film-makers are now using these pieces to envision peace. Professor Mitchell considers the significance of these expressions of ‘Swords into Ploughshares’ in local, national and international peacebuilding.

Jolyon Mitchell is Professor of Communications, Arts and Religion, Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh, and a former BBC World Service Producer and Journalist.

Image Credit: Brian Fischbacher

CTPI at the Fringe! Mr. Darwin’s Tree now showing at the Playhouse

The Centre for Theology and Public Issues is co-presenting Mr. Darwin’s Tree at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Murray Watts’s acclaimed one-man show on Charles Darwin’s personal struggles over faith and science runs until Sunday, 21st August at the Playhouse at Hawke and Hunter Green Room (map, tickets). Andrew Harrison stars as Darwin in a piece that was commissioned by Theos, the London-based think tank. After its premiere in 2009, the director of Theos commented that

Murray Watts has done a magnificent job in ensuring that the play offers a faithful depiction of Darwin, drawing deeply on his diaries and correspondence, to get underneath the skin of the scientist.

In the coming weeks, Public Faith will have an interview with Murray Watts and more information on the show. In the meantime, see you at the Fringe!

Mr Darwin's Tree