Manchester to host first national cathedrals conference
13 September 2018 IN: National News
Cathedrals from around the UK will decamp to Manchester from 17 to 20 September for the first National Cathedrals Conference.
This will be the first time that cathedral clergy, lay staff and chapter and council members will all gather under one roof to discuss and facilitate development of a strategic vision for the future direction of cathedrals through four days of keynote speakers, spiritual leaders and workshops.
The conference, entitled: Sacred Space: Common Ground, will see the Mayor of Sheffield, Dan Jarvis, take the platform on the challenge of context for faith, community and cathedral; author, Will Hutton set the stage for the world in which we live, and South African priest and social justice campaigner, Fr Michael Lapsley, share his experience of hope and reconciliation in the face of violent division.
The Dean of Manchester, The Very Reverend Rogers Govender said: “It is a great honour and a privilege to host the first National Cathedrals Conference at Manchester Cathedral. I look forward to extending a warm welcome to colleagues from cathedrals from all parts of the country and abroad. We hope to give all delegates a taste of Manchester’s hospitality, diversity, fun and sense of community. We pray for God’s blessing on our conversations as together, we see to serve God’s mission to this nation and beyond.”
Daily worship on Radio 4 will be broadcast every morning from the conference hearing from a variety of its speakers. 420 delegates from clerical and lay staff are expected to attend the conference.