Curating Spaces of Hope: Finding common cause in disconnected communities
The purpose of the event is to bring together thought leaders and practitioners to engage with the Spaces of Hope framework for purposes of partnership generation. The focus is to explore the connection between the visions for Hope for the local community, with what that means to the local community, with a way of working, which facilitates both.
We have keynote addresses from Chris Baker, The William Temple Professor of Religion and Public Life and Matthew Barber, a Researcher and Practitioner with the Centre for Faith and Public Policy at Chester University and St Thomas' Church, Stockport. We will define the space that we are currently operating within and discern key ruptures, territories and lines of flight that are being worked out in our communities, and as a result our ways of working. This will then be framed with respect to curating Spaces of Hope and discerning a vision for finding common cause in community, through our shared practices in partnership.
We will provide case studies of a Community Hub; courtesy of HOME Community Hub in Didsbury, and a Community Partnership; courtesy of The Wellbeing High Street in Ellesmere Port. We will then share food and work together to reflect on these case studies and establish the resonances and potentials within what we have shared during the day.
Who will we hear from during the event?
Chris Baker, The William Temple Professor of Religion in Public Life. Chris’ teaching and research is concerned with a critical, balanced and empirically derived exploration of the endlessly changing relationship between religion and secularism in an increasingly diverse and fluid public sphere.
Matthew Barber is a Researcher and Practitioner at the Centre for Faiths and Public Policy and St Thomas Church and is exploring the potentials and resonances for Spaces of Hope in the contexts of public service reform, post-secular partnerships and progressive localism.
Hannah Heasley is an expereicned Academic and Practitioner. As the Director of HOME Community Hub, Hannah curates interdisciplinary engagements through hospitality, entrepreneurism and shared learning. Hannah also has expertise in Spiritual Capital.
Steve Horbacewzski is an International Business Leader and Community Practitioner with over 30 years experience in the private sector. For the last 5 years Steve has been identifying and coordinating community partnerships across Chester and Ellesmere Port, with a view to engaging in new spaces of opportunity within our communities.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
St Thomas' Church can provide free parking for a maximum of 30 vehicles, allocated on a first come first served basis. There is also parking availble within a short walk of St Thomas'. As an alternative we are a 5 - 10 minute walk from Stockport Train Station, which provides connections with Manchester Piccadilly Train Station every few minutes.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
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