Save the Parish
'Save the Parish', is a campaign that has developed very quickly, really out of the realisation that time is very short for there to be any form of co-ordinated action by laity and clergy who are concerned by the trend to deprioritise and defund parochial ministry. It is absolutely essential that the clergy and laity assert their ownership of the Church. The Church of England is your Church.
- Start Date:
- Tuesday 3rd August 2021
- Start Time:
- St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield
- Rev'd Professor Alison Milbank, Revd Stephen Trott
- Save the Parish
Save the Parish is not a plan to create a political party within the church or to have policies across the range of issues we Anglicans so often disagree about. It is a plan to draw together the disparate groups of people who wish to save our parochial system for future generations and to stand for General Synod in a co-ordinated campaign under the banner, "Save the Parish".
To that end, I would like to invite you to the inaugural gathering of the Save the Parish movement at the church of St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield on Tuesday 3 August at 7pm. Beyond my introduction, there will be two main speakers:
The Rev'd Professor Alison Milbank is Professor of Theology and Literature at Nottingham University and co-author of For the Parish, who will give a talk on why we need to save the parish, that jewel in the crown of the Church of England, and what that might mean in reality, beyond fine words.
The Revd Stephen Trott is Rector of Pitsford, in Peterborough diocese, and has been a member of both the General Synod and the Church Commissioners for over twenty years. He will talk to us on why General Synod actually is important and give us the nuts and bolts of how to stand and what your commitments would be, should you stand.
After this there will be the opportunity to mix and mingle (subject to any Covid restrictions) and to enjoy drinks from the bar. There is no charge for attendance. We will also be livestreaming the event for those who cannot attend (and I will send further details of this closer to the time).
Click here to register to attend :
Tuesday 3 August at 7pm