Bishop of Cork takes part in Colloquium at Harvard University about teaching Church Law

An ecumenical colloquium, believed to be the first meeting of its kind in the USA, was held at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts  on Saturday, 12th September under the auspices of the Centre for Law and Religion at Cardiff University Law School.  The colloquium was an ecumenical exploration of  the teaching of church law to ordinands and others in churches.  It was organised by Professor Norman Doe, Director of the Centre for Law and Religion at Cardiff Law School. The Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, took part in his capacity as an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University Law School.

At the Colloquium from the Centre for Law and Religion at Cardiff Law School were (l-r), Professor Norman Doe (Director), Honorary Professor Mark Hill, QC, and Dr Paul Colton (Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff Law School)

At the Colloquium from the Centre for Law and Religion at Cardiff Law School were (l-r), Professor Norman Doe (Director), Honorary Professor Mark Hill, QC, and Dr Paul Colton (Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff Law School)

More than forty lawyers and teachers took part, mostly from the USA, but also from Canada, England, Wales, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, and South Africa.  The day was spent examining the purposes of teaching and study in church law in ministerial training, the subjects of study, the methods used, and also whether there would be longer term value in setting up an international network of teachers and scholars in this field for greater ecumenical understanding.  Among the lawyers, the Christian denominations represented were: Roman Catholic, Anglican/Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, Dutch Reformed, and several other reformed churches.

The international group of lawyers, legal scholars and teachers who met in Harvard on Saturday, 12th September.

The international group of lawyers, legal scholars and teachers who met in Harvard on Saturday, 12th September.

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