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Bishop Peter Selby to speak at WOTS

Bishop Peter Selby, the retired Bishop of Worcester and a long term supporter of Inclusive Church, is to speak at the Inclusive Church residential conference, Word on the Street. This will be held Monday 5th – Wednesday 7th October 2009.

His paper will be called “WHEN THE WORD ON THE STREET IS ‘RESIST’ – reflections on the present moment.” His offer follows the publication of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s response to the Episcopal Church – “Communion, Covenant and our Anglican Future”.

For more information on this conference, see the latest newsletter here. Booking form available here.

In addition to the keynote speakers, as announced previously, the workshop leaders are:

Christina Rees – Through the Biblical Door

Christina Rees is chair of Women and the Church (WATCH) and a trustee of IC. In this workshop she explores human liberation and fulfilment in the light of her biblical understanding and personal experience, which includes the experience of leadership in the present struggle for women to become bishops within the Church of England.

Rose Hudson-Wilkin – My life and Our Life

Rose Hudson-Wilkin is Vicar of Holy Trinity, Dalston and All Saints, Haggerston. She is a member of General Synod and has recently completed a 10 year term as Chair of the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns. Today Rose helps us explore how to combat racism in the parish and the wider life of the Church of England.

Giles Goddard – Route Maps and Road Blocks

Giles Goddard is Chair of Inclusive Church, newly appointed Priest in Charge of St John’s Church Waterloo and hon. canon of Southwark Cathedral. His book “Space for Grace, Creating Inclusive Parishes” was published by Canterbury Press in November 2008. Giles has been involved in trying to make the structures of the church welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people for many years and uses this workshop to ask “Dialogue – where now, in the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion?”

Clare Herbert – Sharing Everyday Bread

Clare Herbert is national coordinator of Inclusive Church and NSM at St Martin-in-the-Fields. In this workshop she introduces Everyday Bread , module 1 of the Inclusive Church 5 step programme “Living Christianity” and discusses resources for use in the parish and/or local area to increase participants’ confidence in faith and competence in “doing theology together”

Lesley Bilinda – Ubuntu, we can be human only together

Lesley Bilinda is the author of two books “The Colour of Darkness” and “With What Remains” (Hodder and Stoughton) and has been involved with the Tutu Foundation UK since its launch in 2007. Formerly the manager of a community health programme in Rwanda she has spoken widely on the issues of forgiveness and reconciliation following the murder of Rwandan husband Charles, with many of their family members and friends, in the genocide of 1994. Lesley will use this workshop to describe the work of the Foundation and to help us consider the principles of Ubuntu in our own work for inclusion and peace.

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Inclusive Church is being commendably pro-active in this upcoming Conference. The Speakers listed will have a goodly influence on the outcome of any discussions. In attempting to address the hermeneutical problems associated qwith the anti-gay and anti-women lobby, the Conference will be making a valuable contribution to the Communion’s understanding of the Gospel of inclusivity – something which has so far been seriously neglected in every Province of the Church – except in the USA and Canada. It is good that a retired Bishop (Peter Selby) is willing to stand as an advocate for Inclusion, but where are the diocesan… Read more »

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John Hardy

There was a hymn written for a pageant about the Industrial Revolution in England,

It was written Ebeneezer Elliott, as a protest against the Corn Laws in the 1840’s.

The words became familiar towards the end of the twentieth Century when they were used in Godspel