SWF Annual Conference 2023: Transforming Lives to Shape a Just Society
Wednesday 26th April 2023, 10am – 6pm.
University of Roehampton, London.
This one-day conference will explore how values, especially those emergent from Christian faith, can infuse all aspects of higher education (especially that provided by our Methodist-related universities and colleges) and contribute in practice to human flourishing and the capacity to achieve positive change.
The event will draw on the experience of colleagues from across the Higher Education sector, from different global regions, with case studies drawn from different institutions. These will tease out the relevance of values in these institutions – particularly the extent to which particular values can be seen to have shaped choices about curricula, teaching and learning, research, and the building of community, and to what effect.
The conference will consider the role of universities in today’s global challenges and issues, how spiritual values can inform approaches to this role, and how students can be prepared for a future in which they can make a positive contribution to society. It will also contemplate how to capitalise on research capacity and ensure maximum positive impact.
We will hear from educators, researchers and university leaders. The event will be structured to encourage the sharing of perspectives not only between conference speakers but amongst all those attending, and inputs will include not only presentations and facilitated conversations but also artistic practice.
This event is part of a wider series forming an international conference entitled Transforming Lives, exploring Methodist Education, in association with IAMSCU and Methodist Schools UK with additional events in Bristol, Bath, and at Wesley House, Cambridge.
Registration for the SWF conference is closed. Contact us if you would be interested in joining a waitlist.
Contributors (in alphabetical order) to the SWF Conference will include the following – click here to read their full biographies:
Dr Elizabeth M. Bounds
Associate Professor of Ethics, Emory University, USA
Dr Michał P. Garapich
Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Roehampton, UK
The Revd Dr Andrew Harper
Chief Responsibility Officer, Epworth Investment Management
Prof Pamela Machakanja
Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor and Director, Research & Innovation, Africa University, Zimbabwe
Dr Fayneese S. Miller
President of Hamline University, USA
Dr Florita Miranda
President of the Wesleyan College of Manila, Philippines
Dr Tink Tinker
Professor Emeritus, Iliff School of Theology, USA
Dr Helga West
Doctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki
The Revd Dr Thomas Wolfe
Principal and CEO, Iliff School of Theology, USA