Responding to the Sacred: Inclusive Liturgies/Porous Walls

Following the success of the 2021 conference, “Gender and Liturgy in Conversation”, the Responding to the Sacred group of Scottish Episcopalians produced its second conference this September, titled Responding to the Sacred: Inclusive Liturgies/Porous Walls – New Conversations.

Organised in collaboration with the Provincial Liturgy Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church, the event aims to explore how creative practices in liturgy can foster inclusivity. By engaging with artists and showcasing examples of creative practices, the conference hopes to initiate discussions about the innovative possibilities of understanding and adopting unfamiliar perspectives in liturgy.

From 4 to 7 September, the conference released one pre-recorded conversation daily. These videos remain available for continued viewing. The event culminated in a live plenary session on 9 September.

Programme Highlights

4 September – Including Ecology: taking the doctrine of creation seriously. What liturgical resources are needed in the present climate ‘urgency’? Contributors include the Rev Dr James Currall and Dr Bridget Nichols.

5 September – ‘Staging the Wreckage’: Delving into insights from practical theology, shedding light on historically silenced communities and voices. Featuring Professor Heather Walton and Dr Wren Radford.

6 September – People are Strange: Exploring divergent perspectives and reflections on a liturgical wishlist. With Dr Ruth Dunster and the Rev Canon Paul Watson.

7 September – Porous Portals: Discovering the importance of including art in worship, with discussions from the Rev Canon Graham Ward, the Rev Dr Dan Inman, and Dr Jim Blackstone.

For enquiries or additional information, please contact the Responding to the Sacred Steering Committee at