The CTAGB was founded in 1984 as a professional association for Catholic theologians in higher education and elsewhere, so that they could form contacts and debate common interests at an annual conference. The first conference on "The Christian Understanding of God" was held in Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds in September 1985.


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Please ensure your postal address details are up to date by updating them on the 'members' area' of our website. This is key as it's where we obtain the mailing list for the New Blackfriars issue, which will be sent out in the next few days. 


Our Treasurer also requests that you ensure that your subscription has been paid, whether by cheque or by (annual) direct debit: if it is not received then we will assume you no longer wish to be a member of the Association. Subscriptions are due by the end of March 2019. 

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2019 Conference: 'Words and the Word'

‘Words and the Word: Word, Image, Ritual in religion and life’

The 2019 CTA conference will take place at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, 2-5 September.


We are delighted to announce the following keynote speakers:

 Professor Lewis Ayres (Durham)

Professor David Brown (St Andrew’s)

Professor Stephen Bullivant (St Mary’s)

Dr Alistair Lockheart (Cambridge)

Professor Janet Soskice (Cambridge)


Professor Anthony Towey (St Mary’s) will lead a workshop on the language of faith in the RE curricula in schools.


We will be inviting short papers of 2000-3000 words (20 minutes) on the theme, and we particularly welcome proposals from postgraduate students.

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

On 25 May 2018 the new UK regulations on data protection take effect, and all UK organisations (including charities) must revise their procedures in accordance with it. More details can be found here.


The CTA holds data supplied by members on a database linked to this website. This information is displayed to members on the ‘Members Area’ of the website. The CTA also holds members’ email addresses on a Mailchimp database, from which CTA mailings are sent out.

From 25 May 2018 we must have your active consent to retain your data and to contact you, and to send you the annual record of our Conference proceedings in New Blackfriars. You will shortly receive an email from the CTA, asking you to confirm your consent to our retaining your data. PLEASE RESPOND PROMPTLY, so that the Association can meet its legal obligations.

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