Some notes on class, relevance and the Church

The following has been adapted from a series of speaker’s notes I’ve put together and delivered in various forms.  It is not meant to be any form of expert view or academic piece, merely a collection of thoughts from my own experience which some have apparently found helpful.  Ordsall, in the late 1960's during slum … Continue reading Some notes on class, relevance and the Church

#poorface

Late last year Keith Hebden and I were among those invited to a gathering of key influencers on poverty and the Church, convened by CAoP to consider Pope Francis’ urging that we become a Church of the Poor.  I blogged afterwards on a suggested process of change that could be taken to move us from … Continue reading #poorface

A Response to the ‘Church of the Poor’ Conference

A Response to the Church of the Poor Conference 2nd & 3rd November 2017, Manchester I’ve just returned from an inspiring gathering of 35 individuals, organisations, research bodies and Churches drawn together by CAoP in Manchester and described as some of the key influencers on poverty and the Church nationally. The event was convened with … Continue reading A Response to the ‘Church of the Poor’ Conference

(Un)conscious Bias

Yesterday Renewal and Reform, the current beacon of hope we have for the realisation of a Church that is more relevant and representative, published an essay by Revd Dr Sharon Prentis regarding the appointment of a Bishop for the BAME community. (https://www.facebook.com/notes/renewal-and-reform/come-as-we-are-re-visioning-the-landscape-of-bame-involvement-and-representation/1261156440628201) This essay and associated report spoke of the Church’s tendency to ‘unconscious bias…the … Continue reading (Un)conscious Bias