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‘Belonging’ – A Challenge for the Church in a Diverse Society Conference

A CARJ Conference

16 October 2019 (10:00 – 4:00)

The Priory Rooms Conference Centre

Quaker Meeting House

40 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6AF


For the past twenty years, the Government has been wrestling with the question of how we best promote ‘integration and cohesion’ in relation to marginalized communities in the UK. Most recently there was the Casey Review and the Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper. CARJ has been part of this dialogue and has long argued that the Church can play a positive role in helping such groups feel at home in our society.

The Conference on ‘Belonging’ is an opportunity for those involved with such issues to share ideas and experience. We hope to have at least a small group of participants from each diocese. The following is a provisional programme for the day:

  • Arrivals and Registration (10:00am)
  • Morning Session 10:30 Welcome and background on ‘integration and cohesion – Fr Phil Sumner, Cecilia Taylor-Camara and other speakers followed by a plenary discussion, reflecting on the complex and varied process of marginalised groups coming to feel that they ‘belong’.
  • Lunch (12.30 -1.15pm)
  • Afternoon session

Fr Richard McKay and other speakers, followed by discussion groups and plenary session exploring the practical process of parishes, schools and charities successfully facilitating the process of ‘belonging’

  • Finish and depart (4:00pm)



Fee for the Conference, including lunch, is £40 which can be paid in advance or on the day.  There are a few reduced tickets available. Participants must register in advance.

Further information and registration: CARJ, 9 Henry Rd, London N4 2LH

Tel: 020 8802 8080.  Email:

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