The political journalist and comentator Will Hutton will give the keynote address at a day conference hosted by the Joint Public Issues Team of the United Reformed Church, Methodist Church, and Baptist Union of Great Britain on 22 January 2011. The closing address will be given by the Rev Dr Kirsty Thorpe, Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church.
The conference - Poverty of Ambition? Churches and a Politics of Hope - will look at how churches can engage with contemporary political issues and is for everyone: policy professionals, enthusiasts and people who simply want to know more and who have a passion for social justice.
A particular focus during the conference will be how churches can respond to the cuts announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review and how this relates to the coalition’s concept of Big Society.
Workshop topics will include:
• What do our churches and politicians believe about poverty?
• Acting on debt - practical suggestions for churches
• Climate change - international agreement or technological change?
• Peacemaking - nationally, locally, internationally
• Big society - opportunity or threat?
• Practical hints for lobbying your MP
• How do I get my church interested in public issues?