When: Saturday 10 March
Where: Mills & Reeve, Botanic House, 100 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PH
Time: 09.30 - 15.45
Hosted by: LCF & CMF
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We may feel that there is an ongoing loss of our freedom and liberties as Christians in the UK. Safe spaces and the restriction of freedom to express and speak about the gospel and issues relating to the Christian faith are often articulated as a way to 'protect' people. However, the freedom to exchange ideas, compare worldviews and discuss our values is crucial if we are to explain that true freedom lies in the good news of Jesus Christ.
The aim of this day conference is to help lawyers and medics work through some of the challenges we face today in terms of liberty, to encourage involvement in the discussion of these issues and, most importantly, to not lose heart but see this as a wonderful gospel opportunity!
Our speakers are experts in their fields and will each give us a scriptural focus as well as helpful insights into the current environment of both the legal and practical outworking of the issues.
This conference, organised jointly by Christian Medical Fellowship and the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship, is open to all lawyers and healthcare professionals, medical, legal and nursing students, spouses, and friends.
SATURDAY 10 MARCH
09:30 Registration & coffee
10:00 The biblical foundations of our civil liberties
10:45 What does the law say? (The cultural and legal aspects of Article 9 of the Human Rights Act)
12:00 How does the law impact clinical practice?
13:30 Panel discussion on the morning topics
14:15 Knowing our rights, how do we navigate the current climate?
15:00 Panel discussion on the whole day
Andrew is Director of Christian Heritage in Cambridge. He is eager to see believers align their thinking and outlook with the gospel. Before his current post, he served as a pastor of a church in Bradford, then at L'Abri Fellowship UK, and from 2011 to 2016 he was the Chairman of L'Abri International. Andrew is married to Helen and they have four children.
Mark is a partner in a solicitors' firm. He specialises in employment law and has been involved in many ground breaking and high profile cases from the Employment Tribunal to the European Court of Human Rights, including the first successful Article 9 case against the UK. He is also the Chair of the LCF and a director/trustee of three other charities. He attends church in Surrey, leading a discipleship group and one of the youth ministries.
Trevor is a Reader in Bioethics and Director of the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies at St Mary's University in London. His research interests are in the ethics of organ donation and in genetic manipulation. Before entering academia, Trevor was a GP for 27 years. He is married with three adult children and could have achieved none of the preceding without his wife Rachel.
Rev. Dr. Craig G. Bartholomew
Craig is the Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics (KLICE) in Cambridge, having recently been Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Religion and Theology at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Canada. He is also an Anglican priest and his academic background is in Old Testament studies and hermeneutics. He has edited and written many books, most recently (2017) Beyond the Modern Age: An Archaeology of Contemporary Culture.