Reconciliation Initiatives hosts occasional public webinars on topics that connect with our programmes and interests, involving conversations between significant thinkers and practitioners. The conversations are facilitated by our director, Alastair McKay.
These webinars are co-sponsored by HeartEdge, a network of people, churches, and organisations coordinated by St Martin-in-the-Fields, which seeks to grow churches’ compassionate response to need, cultural and commercial activity, and congregational life.
One of the webinars each year is also co-sponsored by Coventry Cathedral, with whom we work in partnership.
1 November 2022: Reconciling Arts (sponsored jointly by Coventry Cathedral)
A conversation between Jacquiline Creswell, Visual Arts Advisor (incl. to Salisbury Cathedral), Mary Gregory, Canon for Arts & Reconciliation, Coventry Cathedral, Sarah Bourne, Chaplain for the Arts, St Mary’s Banbury, Oxford Diocese, and Winifred Omoaka, Multi-Disciplinary Artist.
How can the visual arts be an expression of and vehicle for God’s reconciling work? This conversation will explore how the visual arts can both express something of the reconciliation that God brings to the world, and be a vehicle for contributing to that reconciling mission. It will include some examples of visual art which illustrate what the speakers have to share.
To sign up for this free webinar please register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reconciling-arts-tickets-423948359957
You can view recordings of past webinars on our YouTube channel, via the links below.
20 September 2022: Addressing Poverty Today
A conversation between Andrew Grinnell, facilitator with Leeds Poverty Truth Commission, Delene Mark, CEO, HOPE Africa, Lynne Cullens, Bishop of Barking, Diocese of Chelmsford, and Philip North, Bishop of Burnley, Diocese of Blackburn.
How can the Church play a part in addressing poverty today? This conversation will explore what the past obstacles have been to Anglican churches being part of effectively addressing poverty in society; how our churches can play a better part in this in future; and what it looks like for our churches to reorient themselves to face the poor, and be more faithful companions and advocates.
A conversation between June Osborne, Bishop of Llandaff, Church in Wales; Andrew Swift, Bishop of Brechin, Scottish Episcopal Church; Kenneth Kearon, former Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe, Church of Ireland; and Robert Innes, Bishop of Gibraltar, Diocese in Europe, within the Church of England.
One year on, this conversation between Bishops from the four Anglican Provinces of Britain and Ireland, including the Bishop covering Europe (incl. the Ukraine and western Russia), revisits some of the challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic and Brexit - and now also the war in Ukraine.
15 February 2022: Being Better Neighbours
A conversation between Al Barrett, Vicar of Hodge Hill, Diocese of Birmingham, Ellen Loudon, Canon Chancellor of Liverpool Cathedral, Karen Lund, Archdeacon of Manchester and Tom Wilson, Director, St Philip’s Centre, Leicester, exploring how Christians and our churches can be better neighbours to those in our local communities.
12 October 2021: Healing the Earth
A conversation between Alex Hilton, Head of Sustainability at HM Revenue & Customs, Ali Angus, Leader of Eco Church at St Leonard’s Streatham and Rachel Mash, Environmental Coordinator for the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, exploring how churches can make a particular contribution to addressing the global environmental crisis and to healing the earth.
20 July 2021: Building Bridges across Europe
A conversation between Cornelia Kulawik, Pastor, Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Berlin-Dahlem (in Germany), John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry (in England), Br Matthew, Taizé Community (in France), and Robert Innes, Bishop of Gibraltar, Diocese in Europe (in Belgium), exploring how Christians might contribute to overcoming current tensions by building bridges across Europe.
27 April 2021: Bishops in Dialogue
A conversation between Andrew Swift, Bishop of Brechin (Scottish Episcopal Church), Guli Francis-Dehqani, Bishop of Chelmsford (Church of England), June Osborne, Bishop of Llandaff (Church in Wales), Patricia Storey, Bishop of Meath & Kildare (Church of Ireland) and Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, exploring the Church’s role in contributing to God’s reconciling work in our current context, post-Brexit and in light of the pandemic.
16 March 2021: Being White
A conversation between Alastair McKay, Director of Reconciliation Initiatives, Carey Haslam, freelance mediator and facilitator, Rosemarie Davidson-Gotobed, CofE National Minority Ethnic Vocations Officer, and Ruth Harley, ordinand at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, exploring how white people can take responsibility for addressing white privilege and advantage.
18 January 2021: Reconciling Mission
A conversation between Alastair McKay, Director of Reconciliation Initiatives, Martin Anderson, Vicar of Norton (Stockton-on-Tees, Diocese of Newcastle), Sarah Hills, Vicar of Holy Island (Diocese of Newcastle), and Tricia Hillas, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, exploring how we can understand Christian mission as joining in with God’s reconciling work.