Scottish Church History Society: Church and Youth

Date / time: 4 March, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

The Scottish Church History Society’s spring conference will be on the theme of the Church and Youth. This will be a hybrid event, held at Edinburgh Theological Seminary, North Bank Street, Edinburgh EH1 2LS.


10.15 – 10.45 | Registration and coffee

10.45 | Welcome

11.00 – 12.30 | Panel 1 – Youth, Faith, and Secularism

Harry Sprange – ‘“A little child shall lead them”: Some vignettes revealing evidence of deep spirituality among Scottish children over the last four centuries.’

Kenneth Jeffrey (Aberdeen University) – ‘The effects of the All Scotland Crusade of 1955 upon children and young people.’

Alasdair Macleod (Highland Theological College) – ‘Losing their religion? Secularism and young people in twentieth-century Scottish literature.’

12.30 – 1.30 | Lunch

1.30 – 2. 30 | Keynote Lecture

Professor Stephen Parker (University of Worcester) – ‘Differentiating religious broadcasting for children and youth in Scotland: Priorities and personalities in the radio years.’

2.30 – 3.00 | Coffee break

3.00 – 4.30 | Panel 2 – Church Institutions and Organisations

Jo Thor (Strathclyde) – Title tbc.

Laura Mair (Aberdeen University) – ‘In Person, Print, and Prayer: The Shared Mission of Scottish and English Ragged Schools in the Nineteenth Century’

Victoria Turner (Edinburgh University) – ‘The Christian Workers’ League: An Iona Community Project to Working Class Young Industrialists’.

4.30 | Closing remarks