For Reconciling Mission applicants with a sponsoring bishop
We’re delighted that your bishop is looking to sponsor you to participate in the Reconciling Mission programme.
What am I getting into?
Do you long to see the Church being an agent for addressing injustice and effecting reconciliation across the divisions in your community and society? Do you want to see the local church engaged more deeply with their neighbourhood, building on the strengths within the community? If you do, then you’ll be eagerly looking forward to participating in the Reconciling Mission programme.
The Reconciling Mission process is focused on resourcing you to understand the Church's mission in the context of God's reconciling work in the world; and to equip you with practical tools to enable your parish to engage deeply with local communities and to play a creative role in moving towards greater reconciliation within society. It also seeks to enable you, as part of a small group, to share learning and approaches with others in your diocese or province.
What am I committing myself to?
By participating in the Reconciling Mission programme, you’ll be committing yourself to the following:
- Meeting with your bishop and your colleagues to clarify hopes and expectations, beforehand
- Along with your group members, developing a provisional plan for your parish or context, during the initial week-long residential
- Meeting regularly with your other group members to discuss implementation and agree next steps; and meeting occasionally with your bishop (or bishop's representative)
- Along with your group members, participating in a series of small online video conferences, with other diocesan groups, at regular intervals over 15 months. These are designed as action learning groups, facilitated by one of RI's facilitators. In addition, there are two online webinars, and two day conferences at Coventry Cathedral, in March 2023 and March 2024.
- Providing a short video update via WhatsApp, prior to each action learning group
- Offering feedback to future programme participants, via a short pre-recorded video interview
- Where possible, attending occasional gatherings of programme ‘graduates’, to share stories of impact and learning, and ongoing work
What does the programme look like in detail?
For an overview and detailed description of the programme, see here. There's an outline of the residential learning week, here, and the schedule for the 15-month programme, here. There's also a document setting out what's distinctive about the programme in relation to reconciliation, here.
How do I apply?
What do current participants say about the 2021 programme?
A short video from the Revd Richard Westwood, Vicar of Chasetown, in the Diocese of Lichfield in the Church of England:
A short video from the Revd Kathryn Evans, Vicar in the Estuary and Mountain Mission Area in the Diocese of St Asaph in the Church in Wales:
A short video from the Revd James Shakespeare, Vicar of St John the Evangelist, Cambridge in the Diocese of Ely in the Church of England:
A short video from the Revd Luci Morriss, Priest-in-Charge, Borderlink Benefice and Rural Pioneer Priest, Abbeydore Deanery in the Diocese of Hereford in the Church of England:
What do current participants say about the 2020 programme?
A short video from the Revd Jo Mulliner, Rector of St Saviour's, Bridge of Allan, in the Diocese of St Andrews in the Scottish Episcopal Church:
A short video from the Revd Scott Watts, Team Vicar in the Vale & Cotswold Edge Team, in the Diocese of Gloucester in the Church of England:
A short video from the Revd Gail Phillip, Vicar of St Giles's, Exhall, in the Diocese of Coventry in the Church of England:
A short video from the Revd Phelim O'Hare, Vicar of St German with St Saviour, in the Diocese of Llandaff in the Church in Wales: