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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2020 Conference: save the date!

The CTA's 2020 conference will be held jointly with the Irish Theological Association and will take place Monday 7 September - Thursday 10 September 2020, at St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Ireland. 

The theme will be 'eco-theology: a new heavens and a new earth?'

More details, including speakers and booking information, to follow! 

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Are your personal details up to date?

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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