Here are the speakers presenting at the CTE Forum 2022, 14 to 16 March.

Monday 14 March

Archbishop Justin Welby will speak on reconciliation in a post-Covid world

Archbishop Justin Welby

The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby became the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2013 and one of CTE’s Presidents. He was previously Bishop of Durham, Dean of Liverpool Cathedral and a Canon of Coventry Cathedral, where he worked extensively in the field of reconciliation.

Before he began training for ministry in 1989, Archbishop Justin worked in the oil industry for 11 years – five in Paris and six in London.

Archbishop Justin has three main priorities for his ministry – Evangelism and Witness; Prayer and the Renewal of Religious life; and Reconciliation. He is a member of the High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation for the United Nations.

Tuesday 15 March

Cardinal Vincent Nichols will respond to a panel conversation chaired by Justin Welby

Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Cardinal Vincent Nichols is the eleventh Archbishop of Westminster.

Born in Crosby, Liverpool, in 1945, Vincent Nichols studied for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome from 1963 to 1970, gaining licences in philosophy and theology at the Gregorian University. He was ordained priest in Rome in December 1969 for the Archdiocese of Liverpool.

As General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, he played a key role in the ‘Not Strangers But Pilgrims’ process which led to the establishment in 1990 of the then new ecumenical instruments including Churches Together in England.

On 21 May 2009 he was installed as the eleventh Archbishop of Westminster and therefore became one of CTE’s Presidents. He was elected President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales by unanimous acclamation on 30 April 2009.

Professor Anthony Reddie will consider reconciling communities – being good news in fractured communities and society.

Professor Anthony Reddie

Professor Anthony G Reddie is the Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture in Regent’s Park College, in the University of Oxford. He is also an Extraordinary Professor of Theological Ethics and a Research Fellow with the University of South Africa. He is the first Black person to get an ‘A’ rating in Theology and Religious studies in the South African National Research Foundation. This designation means that he is a leading international researcher. He is a prolific author of books, articles and chapters in edited books. He is the Editor of Black Theology: An International Journal. He is a recipient of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lambeth, Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship, given for ‘exceptional and sustained contribution to Black Theology in Britain and Beyond’.

Rev Dr Tessa Henry-Robinson will respond to Anthony Reddie

Rev Dr Tessa Henry-Robinson

Revd Dr Tessa Henry-Robinson is a Minister of the Word and Sacraments in the United Reformed Church (URC).

She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Practical Theology, a member of the Board of Governors at Northern College, Manchester and a Womanist Practical Theologian who is interested in the empowerment of ethnically-minoritised communities, women in particular.

Alongside other gatherings of lay and ordained ministers and Church related community workers (CRCW) in the URC, Tessa is a founding member of Cascades of Grace (COG). COG is a group set up through URC Global and Intercultural Ministries (GIM) to empower minoritised women, to be present and audible in the denomination.

She is a contributor to the URC Prayer Handbook.

Archbishop Nikitas will reflect on reconciling people with God – bringing the Good News to a disbelieving world

Archbishop Nikitas

Following his ordination to the priesthood, Archbishop Nikitas ministered in a range of pastoral and lecturing roles in Indiana, Chicago and San Francisco, as well as Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. Upon his appointment as the Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute (PAOI) in 2007, he was named Metropolitan of the Dardanelles and a Hierarch of the Ecumenical Throne.

Archbishop Nikitas serves the Mother Church in Constantinople in numerous important areas including: Co-ordinator of the Patriarchal Task Force on Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery; Chairman of the Committee on Youth for the Ecumenical Patriarchate; and Co-Chair and Steering Committee member of the Elijah Inter-Faith Foundation. He has also received numerous commendations for his involvement and leadership in interfaith dialogue. He is CTE’s Orthodox President.

Wednesday 16 March

Canon Dr Ruth Valerio will address the question of reconciliation with the earth – reconciling people to planet earth: the task of being good news to a world in climate emergency

Dr Ruth Valerio

Dr Ruth Valerio is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund.

An environmentalist, theologian and social activist. Ruth holds a doctorate from King’s College London, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Winchester and Chichester. She is Canon Theologian at Rochester Cathedral and her home church is part of the 24/7 Prayer Network. She enjoys living sustainably – practising what she preaches and inspiring others as she does so – in the South of England with her family. She is the author of L is for Lifestyle:Christian Living that doesn’t cost the earth and Just Living:Faith and Community in an age of Consumerism, and has written the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent book, entitled Saying Yes to Life. Ruth is a regular contributor on Radio 4 and the BBC World .