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You are invited to an interdisciplinary academic seminar to be held at Sheffield Hallam University, UK on Friday 5th July, the aim of which is to explore the relationship between consumption and Christianity in the context of sustainable development.

The seminar will be introduced by Sir Brian Heap CBE ScD FRS, Master of St Edmund's College, Cambridge and co-author of the Royal Society report Towards Sustainable Consumption: a European perspective. There will be a keynote address by the Bishop of Liverpool, Rt Rev James Jones, and around 20 academic papers in parallel sessions including:
  • Can We Have a Positive Theological View of Consumption? Dr Gordon Lynch, University of Birmingham.
  • Puritan-Consumer Pentecostalism: New Pentecostal Churches in South Africa, K. Maria Frahm-Arp, University of Warwick.
  • What's Right about Prosperity Theology? Dr. Andrew Perriman, London.
  • Sustainable Capitalism: A Contradiction in Terms? Revd Dr Peter S Heslam, London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.
  • Consumer Culture as a Failure in Theodicy, Prof Tim Jackson, University of Surrey.
  • Attached to This World? Waste and 'the most materialistic of all religions', Dr Tim Cooper, Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Consumption in a Post-Communist Country, Petra Zivnustkova, International Baptist Theological Seminary of the European Baptist Federation, Czech Republic.
  • Spirituality and Ethical Consumption, Dr Deirdre Shaw, Glasgow Caledonian University.
The seminar takes place from 10.30am-4.30pm at Sheffield Hallam University, which is 5 minutes walk from Sheffield railway station. There is a charge of 40, which includes a buffet lunch and refreshments (which we hope will be organic and fairly traded). Booking prior to Saturday 18th May is strongly advised, as there is limited capacity and a 10 late booking fee (i.e. £50 if you pay after 1st June) To book your place, please email the Seminar Administrator. Please note that participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Sheffield has a range of hotels, details of which can be obtained from the Seminar Administrator.
Seminar Administrator: Danielle Green - Tel: +44 (0)114 225 2864; Email:
Seminar Convenor: Dr Tim Cooper - Tel: +44 (0)114 225 4838; Email:
Seminar Advisory Board: Prof John Rogerson, Prof Celia Deane-Drummond, Prof Sam Berry, Dr Edward Echlin, Dr Ian Jones, Dr Laurie Michaelis, Dr Michael Northcott, Dr Sue Halliday, Dr Tim Cooper, Dr Alan Storkey, Dr Neil Messer and Dr Peter Carruthers.
Centre for Sustainable Consumption web-site:

A series of related events organised by the church-based environmental group Christian Ecology Link (CEL) takes place following the seminar, including a debate on the Friday evening and a Conference aimed at the general public on the Saturday. The Conference, entitled While Stocks Last, will be addressed by John Gummer MP and Sir John Houghton and includes workshops. Please note that the academic seminar is at Sheffield Hallam University, whereas the Conference on Saturday is at the University of Sheffield. There are separate booking arrangements. Further information about the Conference, including overnight accommodation for those attending both the Academic Seminar and the Conference, can be obtained from CEL on 01524 36241 or

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