Wednesday, 22 February 2017

USPG conference to explore ‘Serving
churches, strengthening communities’

The High Leigh Conference Centre in Hertfordshire … the venue for this year’s USPG conference (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Patrick Comerford

I am catching an early morning flight to Stansted and I am spending a full day today [22 February 2017] in London at a meeting of the Trustees of the Anglican mission agency, USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel).

Earlier this week, USPG announced details of this year’s annual conference which is taking place from Monday 17 July to Wednesday 19 July at the High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

Last year’s conference took place at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire. This year, the conference returns to High Leigh and looks at how USPG is working in partnership with Anglican Churches around the world to help serve local churches and strengthen communities.

In particular, the conference is focusing on five key thematic areas of USPG’s work, namely protecting health, growing the Church, enabling livelihoods, promoting justice and responding to crises.

The programme includes talks, workshops, ideas to take back to parishes, and opportunities to meet some of USPG’s world church partners.

The speakers include Jo Musker-Sherwood, of Hope for the Future, who is discussing how the Church can engage with the issue of climate justice.

Canon Grace Kaiso, General Secretary of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA), will look at how the Church is working with communities to enable livelihoods.

The Revd Dr Carlton Turner, of Church in the Province of the West Indies (CPWI), will be exploring how we might grow the Church.

The Right Revd John Wilme, Bishop of Tongoo in Myanmar, will speak about protecting health.

The Right Revd David Hamid, Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese in Europe, will speak on the theme of responding to crises.

Bookings can be made using an online order form or emailing USPG’s Conference Organiser Kathy McLeish through the USPG website.

The conference is free for students, ordinands, USPG diocesan representatives and Journey With Us participants.

The lake at High Leigh (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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