In 1971 a gathering of (then) young sociologists who were followers of Jesus Christ met together in the Yorkshire town of Ilkley.

Their concern was to reconcile their Christian faith and values with the overwhelmingly secular ethos of the social sciences, to discover how to pursue faithfully their calling as academics and researchers and to influence the future of their chosen discipline.

The “Ilkley Group” continued to meet twice yearly at Mill Grove into the early 2000s. The network and friendships formed in this group continues and in April 2021 they convened a 50 year anniversary online conference.

This web site gathers and documents the history of the group and hopes it will help a new generation of Christians in sociology to connect with each other engage with today's issues.

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