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Thursday, 20 October 2016 from 09:00 to 19:30 (BST)

The Church & Media Conference

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If you're working in journalism, communications, content production or PR and you're interested in religion and ethics, you're invited to our party! We're celebrating 40 years of the Church Media Network.

 

The day will begin with keynote address from leading New Testament scholar and former Bishop of Durham Professor Tom Wright, talking about faith and the public square, and will end with our 40th birthday party.

Speakers include:

  • Professor NT Wright, former Bishop of Durham and writer
  • Elizabeth Oldfield, Director of Theos
  • Rev Steve Chalke, Founder of Oasis and Baptist Minister
  • Rachel Jordan-Wolf, National Mission and Evangelism Adviser for the Church of England 
  • Charmaine Noble-Mclean, Director of Content at Premier Christian Radio
  • James Cary, comedy writer for BBC TV and radio
  • Paul Vallely, writer and consultant on religion and ethics 
  • Ruth Gledhill, writer for Christian Today and former religious correspondent at The Times
  • Gemma Hunt, CBBC presenter
  • Emily Jeffrey, BBC Surrey and Sussex producer

 

Schedule Outline:

9:30 AM

OPENING PRAYER AND WELCOME

Steve Cox - Chair of the Church and Media Network

THE GREAT ROOM

9:45 AM

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY NT WRIGHT

Followed by a chaired Q&A

THE GREAT ROOM

11:00 AM

TEA AND COFFEE BREAK

FIRST FLOOR LANDING

11:20 AM

PANEL: THE SHAMEFUL TRUTH - HISTORICAL ABUSE IN THE CHURCH

One of the biggest stories of the last forty years has been the uncovering of recent and historical abuse in the Church. Across different traditions and in many countries, the heady mix of power, ritual and secrecy has created an ideal environment for some people to abuse others, often for years at a time. This session looks at the ways the media - in film, news reporting, and other channels - have reported on allegations and the ways church leaders have responded to the coverage.

 

Paul Vallely will lead a thoughtful panel discussion with panelists Donald Findlater, Fr Dominic Allain, Peter Saunders and Ruth Gledhill.


12:20 PM

BREAKOUT SESSIONS - CHOICE OF TWO



THE DARK ART OF COMMISSIONING

More info to come. 



MORAL FIBRE OPTICS

Digital communications are increasingly culturally disruptive - the power to self-publish has created a levelling effect where no one view is more valuable than another, and, with the traditional pyramid of influence being upended, "people like me" are more trusted than experts. So what does it mean to model Christian ethics and morality on platforms where users embrace plurality, anonymity, even corruption.


Facilitated by Jay Butcher, Digital Communications Manager (Police)


Be sure to also visit our Treasure Room in the X Room throughout the day - a curated collection of artefacts and anecdotes from the past 40 years of faith and media.


1:00 PM

LUNCH AND NETWORKING

THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ROOM

2:00 PM

INTERVIEW AND CHAIRED Q&A WITH STEVE CHALKE

THE GREAT ROOM

3:15 PM

BREAKOUT SESSIONS - CHOICE OF THREE



HOW POWERFUL IS THE POWER OF LOCAL?

The Church and Media Network’s life began forty years ago to support, encourage and promote local and regional religious broadcasting. Its formation was an expression of belief that local and regional media wasn’t being given the support and recognition it deserved and a determination to do something about it . Some saw it as “the poor neighbour”. Has the media explosion of recent years changed the media landscape in a way which makes their concerns no longer relevant? We’ll take a look at and celebrate the pioneering achievements of local media - the breaking stories and effective campaigning - and look and what still needs to change

 

Facilitated by Emily Jeffrey, BBC Surrey and Sussex




WORK-LIFE BALANCE IN A PRESSURED INDUSTRY

More info to come.

 

Facilitated by Charmaine Noble-McLean, Director of Content at Premier Radio




PERCEPTIONS OF CHRISTIANS IN THE MEDIA

Forty per cent of people in the UK do not realise Jesus was a person who actually lived. This session will bring together academics, theologians, practitioners and journalists to explore the role of the media in improving religious literacy and changing people’s perceptions about Jesus and about Christianity

 

Facilitated by Chine McDonald, Director of Communications for the Evangelical Alliance



3:45 PM

TEA AND COFFEE BREAK

FIRST FLOOR LANDING

4:00 PM

PANEL: WOULD YOU STILL TAKE A BIBLE TO A DESERT ISLAND?

More info to come

THE GREAT ROOM

5:00 PM

THE GOD PARTICLE: LAUNCH AND DISCUSSION

A scientist and a vicar walk into a bar…

Writer James Cary launches the DVD of his play The God Particle, with a brief discussion on the role of art in church, and asking what theatre has to teach the church.

 

Hosted by Gemma Hunt, CBBC Presenter

THE GREAT ROOM

5:20 PM

CLOSING MESSAGES

Steve Cox - Chair of the Church and Media Network

THE GREAT ROOM

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

OUR 40TH BIRTHDAY PARTY!
Please join us after the conference to celebrate the 40th year of the Church and Media Network! Enjoy a celebratory drink, nibbles and cake.

THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ROOM

 

 

Bring with you (if you like): an item you think represents a significant moment in the last 40 years for our Treasure Room. It can be something that reflects your personal experience or your professional observations about how the relationship between church and media has developed in the last four decades.

 

Do you have questions about The Church & Media Conference? Contact The MediaNet

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The RSA
8 John Adam Street
WC2N 6EZ London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 20 October 2016 from 09:00 to 19:30 (BST)


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