“Totus Christus: Knowing and Loving the Son of Man”: Theological Conference at Pusey House, Oxford

“Totus Christus: Knowing and Loving the Son of Man”
A Theological Conference at Pusey House, Oxford
Monday 9 July to Wednesday 11 July, 2018

O Lord Jesus Christ, Thou Word of God and Son of Man, Creator and Redeemer,
possess our mind and conscience, our heart and imagination, by Thine indwelling Spirit;
that we and all people, may find and rest in that Love which is Thy very Self.
Speakers (more details below):
Lewis Ayres, John Behr, Anthony Burton, Paul Dominiak, Malcolm Guite, Carol Harrison, Andrew Louth, Ian McFarland, Oliver O’Donovan, Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Lydia Schumacher, Robin Ward, Kallistos Ware, George Westhaver, Rowan Williams, N T Wright, Johannes Zachhuber.

Conference Description
“The Christian faith has only one subject, the mystery of Christ dead and risen. But this unique mystery subsists under different modes: it is prefigured in the Old Testament, it is accomplished in the earthly life of Christ, it is contained in the mystery of the sacraments, it is lived mystically in souls, it is accomplished socially in the Church, it is consummated eschatologically in the heavenly kingdom. Thus the Christian has at his disposition several registers, a multi-dimensional symbolism, to express this unique reality.” (Jean Daniélou, ‘Le Symbolisme des rites baptismaux’, Dieu vivant 1 (1945)” 15-43, p 17)

The purpose of this conference will be to examine some of the many registers of the mystery of Christ, both historically and thematically. The title ‘the Son of Man’ also evokes the different aspects of the whole Christ: the humanity and divinity of Christ, his earthly ministry, his sacramental presence, and the eschatological consummation of his work. It is also a term of relationship, suggestive of both the relations constitutive of the life of the Holy Trinity, and also of the way that our knowing and loving the Son of Man is always an invitation to communion  with the Triune God, as the Body of Christ, and for the life of the world.

As an expression of the conviction that the theme which we are considering is most helpfully addressed from within the worshipping life of the Church, the conference will be framed and interspersed with opportunities for collective worship, even if not all those attending the conference are able to participate in all of this worship.
We trust that the papers will be accessible not only to academic theologians, but to a broader community including theological students, lay members of the Church, clergy, and those interested in the subject more generally. Another way of expressing this goal is that the papers and the conference will have a pastoral as well as a theological element, an invitation to love and to know the Son of Man who animates both our study and worship, and who inspires transformed lives of worship, reflection, and service. It is our hope that, following the Transforming Vision conference at the end of June 2016, this conference and others like it in the future will contribute in a small way to that serious, disciplined, and patient recovery of the Church’s memory, which shapes and encourages a renewed and renewing encounter with the risen and ascended Christ, present in the Church and the world by the Holy Spirit.

Registration, Cost, and Accommodation and Meals


Early registration (before 28th February) £93

Standard registration £120


Early student registration (before 28th February) £45

Student registration £60

Registration fee includes tea and coffee for each day, but meals must be booked separately

Evening meal and champagne reception on Monday 9th £23
Evening meal on Tuesday 10th £18

Accommodation Accommodation is available from Sunday 8th July to Wednesday 10th July at Keble College. £89 per night Located in the heart of the city of Oxford, and very close to Pusey House, Keble College offers en-suite accommodation in comfortable student study bedrooms. Rooms are located in the Grade 1 listed buildings designed by the Victorian architect, William Butterfield, as well as in our modern award winning buildings. All bedrooms benefit from a daily service, fresh towels and toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities with biscuits and a full English and continental breakfast served in our beautiful Victorian dining hall, the largest within the University. Accommodation at Keble College is limited, however further information will be made available at St Anne’s College and Kellogg College through us once Keble has reached capacity. *There is also a small additional booking fee for each ticket (also on meals and accommodation)
The conference will start at 2 pm on Monday 9 July, preceded by High Mass with sermon at 11 am, and will conclude on Wednesday 11 July after a summing up address by Rowan Williams, followed by Choral Evensong and sermon at 6:00 pm.

Monday 9 July
11 AM SOLEMN EUCHARIST (Anthony Burton, Conference Preacher)
Son of Man and New Creation: The Biblical Roots of Trinitarian Theology N T Wright
The Son of Man in the Gospel of John John Behr
EVENSONG (With sermon, ‘The Oxford Movement and the Incarnation’, George Westhaver)
Christ and the Poetic Imagination Malcom Guite
Opening Banquet
Tuesday, 10 July
Sound and Silence in Augustine’s Christological Exegesis Carol Harrison
According to the Flesh?: The Problem of Knowing Christ in Chalcedonian Perspective Ian McFarland
To Love and Be Loved by Christ in Early Franciscan Thought Lydia Schumacher
Christ as Word and Wisdom in Hooker’s Lawes of Ecclesiastical Polity Paul Dominiak,
Models of Salvation in Christ Kallistos Ware
Christ and the Oriental Orthodox ‘miaphysite’ Tradition Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin
Wednesday, 11 July
The Work of a Theologian and the Mystery of Christ Lewis Ayres
The French School of Christology Robin Ward What is Christ’s humanity? Some 19th century answers and their Patristic roots Johannes Zachhuber
Christ and the Moral Life Oliver O’Donovan
Christ in the Divine Liturgy Andrew Louth
Final Address & Conference Summary Rowan Williams
CHORAL EVENSONG WITH SERMON (Anthony Burton, Conference Preacher)
Lewis Ayres, Professor of Catholic and Historical Theology, Durham University.
John Behr, Dean and Professor of Patristics, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, New York.
Anthony Burton, Rector of the Church of the Incarnation, Dallas, and sometime Bishop of Saskatchewan, Canada.
Paul Dominiak, Dean of Jesus College, Cambridge
Malcolm Guite, Chaplain, Girton College, Cambridge.
Carol Harrison, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity and Canon of Christ Church, Oxford.
Andrew Louth, Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Studies in the Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, and Rector of the Orthodox Parish of St Cuthbert and St Bede, Durham.
Ian McFarland, Regius Professor of Divinity and Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge.
Oliver O’Donovan, Professor Emeritus in Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at the School of Divinity in the University of Edinburgh, and sometime Regius Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology and Canon of Christ Church, Oxford.
Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Metropolitan and Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Netherlands of the Syriac Orthodox Church.
Lydia Schumacher, Chancellor’s Fellow in Catholic and Moral Theology, University of Edinburgh, School of Divinity.
Robin Ward, Principal of St Stephen’s House, Oxford.
Kallistos Ware, Assistant Bishop in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, sometime Spalding Lecturer of Eastern Orthodox Studies at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford.
George Westhaver, Principal of Pusey House.
Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, sometime Archbishop of Canterbury and Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity, Oxford.
N T Wright, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity , University of St Andrews, sometime Bishop of Durham.
Johannes Zachhuber, Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, Fellow and Tutor in Theology at Trinity College, Oxford.

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