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Towards Advent and Christmas 2017
Advent is a season of darkness and waiting which seems very appropriate for
many people in the world we now live in, full of darkness, difficulty and struggle.
Our Annual Conference does focus on some of the darkness and difficulty we
all face today. It will be held from January 12th -14th, 2018. It is called ‘Wings
of a bird. Just Empowerment for Women and Men.’ Our leaflet asks:
Broken or whole?
In our world men and women are like two wings of a bird. If one is unable
to function properly the bird is unable to fly and may even perish.’
When the Millennium Development Goals were completed in 2015, the two
goals which were the least fulfilled were goals three and five. Goal three was to
‘promote gender equality and to empower women.’ Goal five was to ‘improve
maternal health.’ Today women continue to represent 70% of the world’s poor.
Over 500,000 women continue to die annually in pregnancy or childbirth. 6 out
of 10 women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.
There are now 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the world has 15 more
years to bring them to fulfilment. Gender equality/justice is number 5 and will be
the focus for our conference. There is a long way to go and this goal is hard to
find out about and even harder to measure.
We have excellent speakers to help us to think, plan and act. Bishop Alistair
Redfern, Bishop of Derby, is chair of the Clewer Project. This project aims to
identify victims of modern slavery and to help to resource them for their
Sarah Kitakule will speak on gender issues and human rights in Africa. Sarah
is from Uganda and works at the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Terrie Robinson works with men and women around the Anglican
Communion and ecumenically, towards all living to their full potential.
There will be a good choice of seminar groups and a video on the work of
Padare, a Zimbabwe based movement of men and boys who are working for
gender equality. Geoff Weaver will lead music and song and Garth Hewitt will
introduce a new book.
All are welcome to join our conference. The form is available via the
button below and from the office.
Advent is a time of preparation, but it is followed by Christmas, the new life of
the Christ child bringing new life and new hope to us all. We pray that our
conference, held early in the New Year, will be a time to begin our reflection
and action for change, for justice which is sustainable for all in our suffering
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