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New Year’s Honour – awarded to Wendy Coombey

Congratulations to Wendy Coombey!

New Year Honour for Diocese Support Minister
Congratulations to our Community Partnership and Funding Officer Wendy Coombey whose work has been recognised by the Queen.

Wendy has been awarded an MBE for services to churches in the New Year’s Honours list.

Speaking about the award Wendy said: “I’m moved that my friends and colleagues have put me forward to receive this award.

“To be recognised by them means so much, but I couldn’t do my work in isolation, so I see this as recognition for all the volunteers, the communities across Herefordshire and South Shropshire, all the PCC’s and Christian communities that work so hard to look after their Church buildings, or serve the people in their villages and towns across the Diocese.”

Click here to read more about it!

(Thank you to David Primrose for sending this info)

New Year’s Honour – awarded to Nadine Daniel

Congratulations to Nadine Daniel!

Nadine Daniel was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to Interfaith and Community Relations in Merseyside, in the 2018 New Year’s Honours.

Nadine said, “I’m totally overwhelmed to receive it, especially after I had read the list and saw the work other people were being honoured for. ”

Click here to read more about it!

(Thank you to Alison Peacock for sending this info)

Tackling Modern day Slavery

Tackling Modern Day Slavery Amongst Homeless Individuals

As winter arrives, churches and communities across the UK are opening their churches and community centres and running night shelters to provide a warm bed to those who have nowhere else to go. But homeless people are still vulnerable to another danger: modern slavery.

That’s why The Clewer Initiative has worked together with Housing Justice, as well as Caritas Westminster and Capital Mass, to produce a video on modern slavery and homelessness.

Homeless people across the UK are being targeted by people who want to exploit them for profit. They will recruit them on the streets, at soup kitchens, and at night shelters, promising them a job and a place to stay.

“When people are in such a desperate situation, you’re at such a low ebb in terms of your confidence, self-esteem, your self-worth, and you’re prime to being exploited.”

— Mark Brennan, Shelter Projects Coordinator, Housing Justice

Watch the video here!

Day Conference on Resource Churches for Rural Areas

Day Conference on Resource Churches for Rural Areas

10.30 am for 11 am – 4 pm, Tuesday 28 November 2017

At the Church Army, Wilson Carlile Centre, Sheffield

There will be a wide range of speakers including practitioners, with plenty of opportunity for discussion and sharing expertise and ideas.

Cost: £48.00

Book now using this link…

Rural Resource Churches

A day conference to learn more about and explore the opportunities for resource churches in rural areas of England. There will be plenty of time for discussion and opportunity to hear from those who are already working in this way. Confirmed speakers include Rachel Jordan-Wolf (Mission and Evangelism), Stephen Mawditt (Fountains of Life), Pete Atkins (Threshold), Barry Hill (Leicester) and the Church Army Research Unit. There will be a short video of the story of Latimer Minster. Full programme to follow. We are making use of the wonderful hospitality of the Church Army Wilson Carlile Centre in Sheffield, 10.30 am for 11 am start, with the day finishing at 4 pm. A hot lunch will be provided.

Canon Dr Jill Hopkinson
National Rural Officer
Mission and Public Affairs, Archbishops’ Council
c/o Germinate: Arthur Rank Centre
Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth
Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

500th Anniversary of the Reformation!

95 Missional Theses!

Following Martin Luther and his famous 95 theses the Mission Theology Advisory Group (MTAG) has produced 95 missional theses for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation on 31 October 2017. Ours are based around the five marks of mission. Each takes the form of a positive statement: ‘We believe in a Church that..’  They will be tweeted, one a day in a randomised order, from @95missiontheses from 28 July 2017. We want to start LOTS of conversations about the sort of Church we believe in and want to see.  People don’t have to stick with ours; anyone can join the discussions or make up some theses of their own. We want to hear about those, too! Continue reading 500th Anniversary of the Reformation!

Shale Gas & Fracking

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

We welcomed the Church of England’s December 2016 Briefing Paper “Shale gas and fracking”1 pulling together some of the key references on this topic and so stimulating debate within the Church on this controversial process.

Since then, a number of well-referenced papers2 have re-examined the evidence in various publications cited in the Briefing Paper and raised significant concerns about the reliability of the conclusions drawn.

We feel it imperative that the authors of the Briefing Paper seek expert advice on the strength of the evidence given and the conclusions drawn in these new publications and update the Briefing Paper as necessary so that Christian churches and others can participate in informed debate on the care of Creation and social responsibility in respect of shale gas.

We would be grateful for your response to this concern, to the email addresses below.

Blackburn Diocese Environment Group

1 Mission and Public Affairs Council and the Environment Working Group of the Church of England (2016) Shale Gas & Fracking;

2 Michael Hill (2017) Review of the Church of England Mission & Public Affairs Council and Environment Working Group Briefing Paper on Shale Gas and Fracking; Paul Mobbs (2017) Whitehall’s ‘Fracking’ Science Failure; David K. Smythe (2017) Submission to the Scottish Government consultation in unconventional oil and gas.

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Modern Day Slavery

The Church of England

Mission and Public Affairs Division (MPA)

…launched on 31 May 2017, The Clewer Initiative’s website to assist dioceses detect the instances of modern day slavery and to care for the victims. The website has some wonderful resources to assist parishes and dioceses as well as individuals to think through suitable responses.

Click this link to visit the site now!: https://www.theclewerinitiative.org/

The Clewer Initiative will be producing a monthly newsletter which anyone can subscribe to. You can also follow The Clewer Initiative on twitter @theclewer

Many thanks, Charles

Dr Charles Reed
Foreign Policy Advisor

Blog: www.reimaginingeurope.co.uk
Twitter: @ReimaginingE

The Church of England
Mission and Public Affairs Division
Church House
Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3AZ