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Social Justice, Community and Faith

by Michael Ford last modified 12 Feb, 2013 08:47 AM

Parish representatives from across Wiltshire and Dorset are meeting for Diocesan Synod on Saturday (9 February, from 10am) at St Nicholas Church, Corfe Mullen.

The Archdeacon of Sherborne, Paul Taylor, and the members of the working group will ask Synod to endorse a new strategy for addressing issues of social justice in the diocese. The strategy, entitled ‘Christians in Community,’ aims to point the diocese and its parishes to more informed, detailed and effective ways to be involved in local communities. It proposes the development of a Social Justice Policy and Action Plan.

This session will include presentations on three church projects as well sharing the results of the recent consultation which asked parishes’ views on immediate needs, challenges to injustice and the causes of poverty, and ways to break down barriers dividing communities and creating prejudice.

Diocesan Advisers Lizzie Whitbread and Barbara Meardon will report on progress in carrying out the Children and Young People Strategy launched at Synod in November 2011. They will include specific examples of creative thinking, training, and face-to-face work. The strategy aims to train and advise parishes seeking to help children, young people and families to develop their faith.

Members will also hear an outline of events since the vote on legislation for women bishops at General Synod in November, and events since. They will vote on calls for further legislation on this matter and for a review how the General Synod can become a more representative body.

Diocesan Secretary Lucinda Herklots said today, “Social Justice and the role of Christians in Community is our main theme for the day. We are looking to encourage and help those affected by current economic and social challenges, whatever their background.”


Diocesan Synod is a gathering of over 100 representatives from parishes across Dorset and Wiltshire. It meets three times a year and makes decisions affecting the work of the Church of England in the Diocese of Salisbury, which covers most of Wiltshire and almost all of Dorset.
The public and press are welcome to attend.

Diocesan Synod web page 
‘Christians in Community’ [link has expired]
Social Responsibility web pages 
Children, Young People and Families web pages 

Further information
Contact Michael Ford, Communications Co-ordinator:
01722 438651, 07500 836989, 

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