Let Us Talk
A conversation between the Bishop of Salisbury, his senior staff, and the rest of the diocese.
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An invitation to engage, think and articulate our priorities
The Bishop of Salisbury launched 'Let Us Talk' during a presentation to Diocesan Synod on Saturday 3 November 2012.
In a letter to Benefices and Deaneries, he said:
"There is a great deal to give thanks for within this Diocese of Salisbury. We are the largest voluntary sector organisation and a significant part of the social capital of our communities. Perhaps because of the large number of churches, many of them with quite small congregations, we tend to accept a description of the Church which doesn't fully capture who and what we are. I would very much like your help to find better measures of the quality and impact of church life.
"I would be grateful if you could meet as deaneries and benefices to look at the Presentation... and to talk, engage, think and articulate our priorities as the local church. Please let me know your answers to the questions at the end of the Presentation by the end of April 2013."
The questions being asked are:
What is the ‘Personality and Character’ of your local church?
What are the priorities of your local church?
Is there one thing you would like to take on in the coming year (recognising that may mean you may need to stop doing something else)?
Are there ways in which we can work together to achieve more?
How can we best measure the quality and impact of church life?
Benefices and deaneries are invited to send their answers to these Questions by the end of April 2013 to:
The Bishop of Salisbury, Let Us Talk, Church House, Crane Street, Salisbury SP1 2QB
or by email to email@example.com
The Bishop's Introduction (YouTube clip)
The Bishop's Letter (PDF)
The Bishop's Presentation (PDF version)
The Bishop's Presentation (PowerPoint version)
Immediate Reactions from Synod (YouTube clip)