Archbishop to deliver keynote speech at public issues Conference
02 September 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will give the
keynote address at the 'Love your neighbour: Think, Pray, Vote'
conference organised by the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) of the
Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United
Reformed Church. This will be the third such conference arranged by
the three churches and will be held at Coventry Central Hall on
Saturday 21 February 2015.
The 'Love your neighbour: Think, Pray, Vote' conference has been
designed to enthuse and equip delegates to be effective Christian
disciples in the build-up to the UK's general election on 7 May
2015. The Archbishop's address will set the scene for a day of
reflection, discussion and Bible study focussed on how churches and
individual Christians can help create a more just
During the day delegates will be able to choose from a number of
workshops covering issues such as poverty, housing, peacemaking,
immigration and climate change, as well as sessions dealing with
the practical issues of encouraging churches and communities to be
an active part of the political process.
Rachel Lampard, Joint Public Issues Team leader and policy
adviser, said: "The 'Love your neighbour: Think, Pray, Vote'
conference will explore how we can work together as a people of
faith to challenge political leaders to focus on the needs of the
"The Conference aims to help us put Christ's call to 'love our
neighbour' at the heart of everything we do in the run up to May's
General Election. By responding to the needs of the disadvantaged
and marginalised we hope Christians will use their vote to help to
create a world that better represents God's Kingdom of justice and
Archbishop Justin is committed to ecumenical working and
building links across the denominations and is attending this
conference as a guest of John Ellis, moderator of the General
Assembly of the United Reformed Church.
Mr Ellis said: "Archbishop Justin has been a champion of social
justice both in the UK - where he has shown great leadership
in tackling payday lenders and in the reform of the banking system
- and internationally where he has provided a much needed voice for
peace and reconciliation in Iraq and Sudan. It is great honour to
have Archbishop Justin as the keynote speaker at the 'Love your
neighbour: Think, Pray, Vote' conference."
For more information, and to book your place at the 'Love your
neighbour: Think, Pray, Vote' conference, please visit the JPIT
conference page. Doors open at 10am, with the conference
stating with worship at 10.30am and ending at 4pm.