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26 - 28 July Forgotten People, Forgotten Places: Being Church on the Margins - the annual conference of the National Justice and Peace Network in partnership with Church Action on Poverty. The focus of the conference is inspired by Pope Francis' call to be “a Church which is poor and for the poor”. The weekend includes workshops and plenary sessions looking at how we can cultivate churches which are focused on building the kingdom, not on growing the church; that listen to voices from the margins; that expect to be challenged and changed by our neighbours; which put an emphasis on sharing food and hospitality; which are hungry and thirsty for justice. Speakers include: Revd Deirdre Brower Latz, Professor Anthony Reddie and others. At the Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire. Booking here.

9 – 11 September The Conversational God - a small conference hosted by the Jubilee Centre. For Christians who believe that God’s people should be salt and light by seeking to transform relationships in society.  An opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of God’s intentions for relationships by exploring different genres in the Bible. Involves sharing lessons and experiences in institutions in different spheres of society and internationally. Speakers to be announced. Jubilee Centre, Cambridge. Cost: £65 for the three days, including all refreshments. Booking here. Related event: participants are encouraged to register also for the Relational Thinking Conference on 12th-13th September, organised by the Relationships Foundation, for a wider secular audience.

12 - 14 September - the 2019 Zermatt Summit takes place in Switzerland with a three-day programme of contributors from business and academia. The focus this year is 'Entrepreneurship to serve the common good and the person' and focuses on alternatives to the broken economic model. Speakers will address how politics and business can help to support the planet's biodiversity and tackle inequality, poverty, injustice, exclusion and alienation. Speakers include a number of senior European business figures, social entrepreneurs and political thinkers. 

13 September Transforming injustice in UK austerity and poverty What are the different forms of poverty in the UK and how do they relate to each other? How can the Church be an effective agent for change in an age of austerity? How can the Bible and Christian tradition enable us to challenge structural injustice? This participatory one day workshop will revolve around small group discussion of these three questions. Speakers include: Niall Cooper (Church Action on Poverty), Helen Gale (B30 Foodbank), Heather Buckingham (Trussell Trust), Anthony Reddie (The Council for World Mission and the University of South Africa) and Paul Morrison (Joint Public Issues Team). Organised by the Life on the Breadline research team: Dr Chris Shannahan, Professor Robert Beckford, Professor Peter Scott, and Dr Stephanie Denning. 9.30-3.30, at Coventry University. Booking here.

18 - 19 SeptemberWhat does it mean to be a ‘church of sanctuary’? A conference exploring the theology of sanctuary by looking at the biblical, historical, and ecclesiastical foundations of the practice of hospitality and the provision of refuge. For church leaders, community groups, activists, and anyone else interested in exploring the theory and practice of sanctuary in the UK and Ireland in a church context. Speakers: The Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal, retired Methodist Minister; founder and president of City of Sanctuary UK; Dr Jayme R. Reaves, public theologian; author of Safeguarding the Stranger: An Abrahamic Theology and Ethic of Protective Hospitality; Dr Paul Weller, research fellow in Religion and Society; associate director, Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture The Rt Revd Jonathan Clark, Bishop of Croydon; chair of the Churches’ Refugee Network. Organised by Sarum College, Salisbury. Booking here. 

26 September - What kind of city do we want to be? The search for dignity in low-wage Britain. If your only options are to work in the gig economy, or on zero hours contracts, where is the dignity in working life? A discussion about the labour market, common good, human flourishing, and the future of work, hosted by St Paul’s Institute. Speakers include: James Bloodworth, author of Hired, Hannah Woolley, St Paul’s Cathedral. 6:30pm-8pm. At the OBE Chapel, St Paul's Cathedral, London. Register here.

5 &19 October Exploring our Beliefs, Values and Worldviews in the Workplace - two reflection days for people from different professions and religious or belief traditions to discern how they live out their own beliefs, values and worldviews at work: how they feel about it; how others respond; and what difference they think it makes. The day will involve listening and sharing in small groups, as well as guest presenters (from EY, Network Rail and University of Liverpool) who will reflect on how their beliefs, values and worldviews influence their approach to their work. Organised by Dr Maria Power and Professor Chris Baker. Cost £30. All refreshments and lunch are included. Sion House, West London, 10 am to 3.45 pm. Booking here

10 October - Catholic Social Teaching and the Economics of the Common Good - this year's Craigmyle Lecture organised by the Catholic Union of Great Britain will be given by Lord Maurice Glasman, the distinguished political theorist and founder of "Blue Labour". 6.30pm at Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London. For more information visit http://catholicunion.org.uk/

14 October Train the Trainers session for experienced facilitators wanting to deliver the new Here: Now: Us People Common Good Training Workshop developed by Together for the Common Good. Led by T4CG's Director of Resource Development, Catherine Brady, this train the trainer session will equip you to run the workshop independently as often as you wish. 11am to 5pm, central London. Cost £70 includes lunch and full training pack. For further information, download leaflet here. 

16 November - Churches That Change Communities annual conference, organised by Jubilee +. Churches are regaining a belief that care for the poorest isn’t an optional extra for Christians, but is vital to the gospel. The CTCC conference aims to envision, equip and encourage church members to serve their communities more effectively. The day will include prophetic teaching, seminars, networking, social action franchises exhibiting, and worship with an opportunity for prayer. The conference is built around a series of seminars, all of which must be pre-booked, including: a pastoral response to abortion; Domestic abuse; Mental health; Modern slavery & prostitution; Youth Violence; Benefits advocacy; Building a diverse church; Life skills; Seek the welfare of the City; Understanding the times. To be held at St Michael's Church, Bristol, cost £25. For more information, click here.                                                                  

15 - 16 January 2020 - Here: Now: Us Church Leaders Training in Common Good Thinking and Practice A residential two-day workshop to build the capacity of church leaders to address divisions in our society and bring the Common Good alive in congregation, community and neighbourhood. The Here: Now: Us workshop is designed for church leaders, ordained or lay, from all Christian denominations, is created by Together for the Common Good (T4CG). Tutors: Jill Hopkinson (Rural Ministry Tutor for the Centre for Formation in Ministry, Sarum College, formerly National Rural Officer for the Church of England) and Nicholas Townsend (writer and editor for the VPlater Project on Catholic Social Teaching based at Newman University). Guest speaker: Jenny Sinclair, founder director of T4CG. Hosted by Sarum College, Salisbury in association with T4CG. Prices from £140. To download the Sarum College Brochure, click here. 

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