Wednesday, 14 March 2018

USPG announces details
of this year’s conference

The High Leigh Conference Centre near Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire … the venue for USPG’s annual conference on 2-4 July 2018 (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2017)

Patrick Comerford

USPG has announced details for this year’s annual conference, which takes place from Monday 2 July to Wednesday 4 July in the High Leigh Conference Centre near Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire.

‘All Things are Possible’ is the theme of this year’s conference organised by the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel). This builds on the theme of USPG’s Lenten study pack, which we are using in the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes.

The conference offers opportunities to discover how Anglican Churches in Africa, Asia and Latin America are engaging with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

There are workshops and speakers from throughout the world Church, making this year’s annual conference an opportunity to explore how the Church can play its part in tackling poverty, fighting inequality, campaigning for climate justice, and much more.

The speakers this year include:

Archbishop Albert Chama, Archbishop and Primate of the Church of the Province of Central Africa;

Jessica Richard, Co-ordinator, Campaign and Advocacy, the Church of South India;

Dr James Corah, Head of Ethical and Responsible Investment, CCLA;

The Right Revd Donald Jute, who last year became the 14th Bishop of Kuching, the diocese that covers Sarawak and Brunei in the Anglican Church in South-East Asia.

Bishop Donald was consecrated and enthroned on 13 August 2017 in Saint Thomas’s Cathedral, Kuching. The Diocese of Lichfield has long-term links with Kuching.

Before becoming Bishop of Kuching, Bishop Donald was the Vicar of the Good Shepherd Church, Lutong in Miri. He served in the Diocese of Glasgow in 2003-2009 and was Rector of Saint Oswald’s in King’s Park, Glasgow, in 2007-2009.

He has a BD from the University of Edinburgh and a Diploma in Missiology from the Australian College of Theology, and has been a lecturer at the House of the Epiphany Theological College (1992-1998).

He is passionate about Church Renewal, Discipleship Training, Youth Ministry and the Empowerment of Lay Leadership, and has been his diocesan co-ordinator for local ordained ministry. He is married with four children.

USPG supporters have the option of attending either the full three-day conference, or the Tuesday one-day conference. The conference is free for students, ordinands, USPG Diocesan Representatives, volunteer speakers, and Journey With Us participants.

There is also a session for USPG volunteers from 2 to 4 p.m. before the conference officially starts on Monday.

Booking is possible through the USPG website or by contacting the conference organiser, Kathy McLeish, at USPG.

A walk through fields of green and gold during last year’s USPG conference in High Leigh (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2017)

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