Journalist and commentator Will Hutton will be addressing a free conference hosted by the Methodist Church, United Reformed Church and Baptist Union of Great Britain on the 22nd of January 2011 in Birmingham.
Mr. Hutton will be joined by a range of contributors including Andrew Stunell MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, who will speak and answer questions on ‘The Big Society’. Revd Kirsty Thorpe, Co-Moderator of the United Reformed Church, will also reflect on what it means for Churches to be committed to a politics of hope
The conference - entitled Poverty of Ambition? Churches and a Politics of Hope - will look at how churches can engage with contemporary political issues. A particular focus will be how churches can respond to the cuts announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review and how this relates to the coalition’s concept of Big Society.
There will be a range of workshops aimed at experienced policy professionals, enthusiasts and people who simply want to know more. Workshop topics will include:
- What do our churches and politicians believe about poverty?
- Acting on debt - practical suggestions for churches
- Climate change - international agreement or technological change?
- Peacemaking - nationally, locally, internationally
- Big society - opportunity or threat?
- Practical hints for lobbying your MP
- How do I get my church interested in public issues?
Journalists wishing to attend should contact Anna Drew, Lead Media Officer on the Connexional Team.