2oth – 24th May 2024

Introducing 2024 Conference: WTF – Navigating the shifting sands…

This conference offered an opportunity for conversations with others, with our self and with God in a liminal place. It provided a chance to retreat from the busyness of life with a creative space for reflection, challenge, nourishment and fun. Our speakers tackled the theme from theological/biblical, spiritual, psychological/therapeutic and social/pastoral perspectives.
The conference included plenary sessions, workshops, and small group work. In addition, each day included worship and opportunities for reflection, relaxation, and sharing. As a special treat, there was an evening of entertainment on Thursday night with slam poet Harry Baker!

Listen here to our plenary speakers for Conference 2024…

Linda Woodhead is F.D.Maurice Professor at King’s College London. She researches religion, spirituality, magic and values in formerly Christian societies. Her most recent books are That Was the Church That Was: How the Church of England Lost the English People (with Andrew Brown, 2016), Gen Z, Explained (with Katz, Ogilvie, Shaw 2021) and Unknowing God: Towards a Post-Abusive Theology (with Peter Harvey, 2022). She is a regular broadcaster on religion and current events.

Plenary Talk – Let’s talk about God 

Alistair Ross is a psychodynamic therapist, supervisor, and writer. With a background in social science, practical theology, ethics, mental health, counselling and psychotherapy, Alistair has been a Baptist minister and was an early attender at CTJ. Alistair now leads a Master’s degree programme at Oxford University, where he is an Associate Professor of Psychotherapy, Senior Fellow at Kellogg College, and an Associate member of the Theology faculty. When he gets the chance, he loves going back to Scotland, the land of his birth, and climbs Munros (increasingly slowly), celebrated by a wee dram afterwards. 

Plenary Talk – Crocodile Rock

Due to a technical issue, we are sorry that there is no sound for the first 30 seconds of Alistair’s talk.


Maggy Whitehouse is an independent sacramental minister, a lifetime student of Judaeo-Christian mysticism, the author of 20 books on spirituality, mysticism and Bible metaphysics and became a stand-up comedian at the age of 56. Maggy has worked in newspapers, radio, TV, for the BBC’s famed World Service and is half of the weekly podcast, Train Wrecks for Jesus. She made it on to Wikipedia after writing a sensible book about Opus Dei at the time of all the palaver over The Da Vinci Code.  She has been widowed, divorced, healed from cancer, worked as a hospice chaplain, she has ridden on a Bengal tiger and survived a barracuda attack off the Barrier Reef. Both Maggy’s mother and her Bishop think she should get a proper job.

Plenary Talk – Original Blessing 

Simon Woodman is the Minister of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in the West End of London, and the Baptist Chaplain at King’s College London. He has previously been a market stall holder on Camden Market, a Baptist Minister in Bristol, a Tutor at South Wales Baptist College, and a lecturer at Cardiff University. He grew up in Sevenoaks in Kent, and has degrees from Sheffield, Bristol and Cardiff Universities. He is married to Liz.


Plenary Talk  – E-i -E-i- Oh