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Day Conference: Bearing Witness. The Church - where would we be without it?

Last year we held a day conference to explore some of the wider context of the contemporary “Renewal and Reform” initiatives. We entitled the day “Perspectives on a Church in Crisis: Options beyond Panic and Denial” and were well served with excellent input from Professors Alister McGrath and Richard Baukham, and Archdeacon Justine Allain-Chapman, attracting a capacity audience of Church leaders, General Synod members, ordinands and others.

We are following this up with a similar event designed to explore aspects of the impact of the Church in a range of different contexts and communities. The title for the Conference is “Bearing Witness. The Church - where would we be without it?”

Both as a parish priest and as a suffragan bishop in my ministry before coming into my present role, I have been intrigued to put the question to local churches in all sorts of contexts: “What difference would it make to the community in which you are set, if you were not there?” It is also, I think, one of the most important questions I want to equip our ministerial students here to be asking as they go out as missioners and evangelists in the contemporary Church. It is a question that seeks to move the “success criteria” that Church people so often unconsciously use to assess their performance or faithfulness away from the institutionally self-serving and toward something more altruistic and aligned with the sentiments of Matthew 5.13-16.

Please click here for the Programme.

The Rt Revd Humphrey Southern, Principal

All are welcome to attend although booking is required. A £10 donation to cover the cost of the day would be welcomed. To reserve a place, please email info@rcc.ac.uk  or telephone: 01865 877400.


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