Diocese of Manchester

Diocesan CMD Formation Days

Manchester Cathedral

'Global Church for a different world'

Sunday 6 October: 2.15pm –5.45pm (Drinks from 1.50pm)

Monday 7 October: 9.45am – 1.15pm (Drinks from 9.30am and a vegetarian lunch provided afterwards)


NB: Booking by invitation only - invitees will have received an invitation via Eventbrite - please register your attendance via the Eventbrite link.


If you have not received the invitation, please contact Simon Ambrose via email: sambrose@manchester.anglican.org


The following is for information only

As we seek to be Church for a Different World how do we learn from our brothers and sisters from across the world, and how do we contribute to the call of God in our own global and local context?

To help us in our thinking at our next CMD Days – to challenge and to encourage us – we are delighted to have two speakers with world-wide experience to share. Bev Jullien is the Chief Executive of the Mothers’ Union, and Revd Duncan Dormor is the new CEO of USPG, the oldest Mission Society in the Church of England. Both have international experience, and both lead organisations which have had to adapt and change with the times, and which face huge challenges.

It will be good to focus on the global church as preparations are made for the 15th Lambeth Conference. Manchester has changed since Bishop Prince Lee attended the first Lambeth Conference; the cotton trade which made Manchester an international city in those days may have gone, but the international connections have increased exponentially.

  • What does it mean to be part of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church today?
  • What does it mean to be part of the Body of Christ in the world?
  • How do we live that out in our parishes and our lives today?

On the Monday we are trialling a rather different shape to the CMD Day in the light of feedback received, in particular via Area Deans. It was commented that the days were long on the Monday and too packed on the Sunday. We hope the new programme will make for a better experience on both the Sunday and the Monday. It enables us to run an optional seminar in the afternoon, which will be led by Duncan Dormor. This will consider,

How do we promote World Mission in our parish (beyond just putting out magazines at the back)?”

Please book for the seminar if you want to be a part of it - you will be able to do this on the Eventbrite booking form. The seminar will be at Church House from 2.00 – 3.30pm. Please note that places are limited and will be available on a 'first come, first served' basis.

These CMD Days are a requirement for all who hold the Bishop’s Licence; please let the Bishop’s Chaplain know if you have a clash of commitments. Please also note that the Monday will begin rather earlier than in previous years so that we can finish at lunch-time; we hope all will stay for lunch at the end: please provide any dietary requirements on the form. Stipendiary ministers should book, if possible for the Monday, as we wish to make space on the Sunday for Readers and ALMs.


The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400