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This two-year project, Sexuality and Anglican Identities, seeks to engage the Academy, Chaplaincy and Church in conversation about current issues relating to sexuality within the contemporary Anglican context. A particular focus will be on how articulation of various positions on these matters, contribute to competing claims to Anglican identity. The project is funded by the Church Universities Fund.

There are two Open Forums scheduled for the upcoming academic year:

Saturday October 22nd 2016, Chester Cathedral, 1-3pm (coffee 3.15-4pm)

‘The Past, Present and Future of Christian Marriage’

Chair: Dr Paul Middleton – Project Lead

Dr Ben Fulford, University of Chester

The Rev Jeremy Pemberton

The Rev Sarah Jones

Dr Ben Wood, University of Chester


Saturday February 11th 2017, Chester Cathedral, 1-3pm (coffee 3.15-4pm)

‘New Directions in Sexualities and Christianity’

Chair: Dr Jessica M. Keady - Project Co-ordinator

Professor Adrian Thatcher, University of Exeter

Dr Susannah Cornwall, University of Exeter

The Rev Dr Mark Vasey-Saunders

An Academic Conference is also being scheduled for Spring 2017 where academics working in fields including Theology, Biblical Studies, History, Practical Theology, together with Practitioners which will place the current discussions on sexuality in the Church of England in theological, historical, national, and international perspective.

If you would like any more information about the project or would like to receive further updates about the project please email Dr Jessica M. Keady (

Facebook Page: Sexuality and Anglican Identities Project (University of Chester)

Twitter: Anglican Sexuality @ ‪AngSexID