Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Big Society - what does it mean for the church?

Does the Big Society offer churches new opportunities for practical action in our communities and neighbourhoods, for mission and transformation? Where does community organising fit? Will churches end up picking up the pieces?

Many feel it is still not clear how community groups can play an effective and valued part in the delivery of the Big Society vision. It is also not clear how it translates to a local level.

Meet with those at the forefront of the debate and action, to engage critically with the thinking behind the Government’s policies and actions relating to the ‘Big Society’, and use this chance to reflect together on the theological implications and action outcomes.

The London Churches Group, Mission in London’s Economy, and the Diocese of Southwark; invite you to a day conference on Wednesday 19th January 2011, 10.00 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. (buffet lunch provided) at Trinity House Conference Centre 4 Chapel Court, Borough High Street, Southwark, SE1 1HW


Andrew Stunell, OBE, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Communities and Local Government, whose responsibilities include community cohesion, faiths and Big Society

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham

Debra Allcock Tyler, Chief Executive of the Directory for Social Change, whose vision is of an independent voluntary sector at the heart of social change

Richard Farnell, Professor of Neighbourhood Regeneration at Coventry University and Canon Theologian of Coventry Cathedral

Download a booking form here