Faith Full Service? Integrating Christian faith alongside high quality social care, 4th November, central London

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  • Date:   Wednesday 4th November 2015, 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Venue: Hinde Street Methodist Church, London, W1U 2QJ
  • Cost:    £15.00, including lunch
  • For more details and to book a place please go to Eventbrite

In an increasingly secular environment, tensions frequently emerge between a Christian ethos and the delivery of professional social care. This has led some organisations to overtly jettison their faith ethos; others have allowed it to fade more quietly into history. For many organisations this is an area of their work hallmarked by anxiety and a lack of theological and practical confidence.

West London Mission, through its work with homeless and marginalized people, has a long history of grappling with this tension. WLM, part of the Methodist Church, currently employs over 70 people and operates an annual budget of over £2.4 million. As well as charitable donations, it receives statutory funding from the Ministry of Justice and many local authorities. Amidst this professional work, a key priority in recent years has been to re-affirm and strengthen our Christian ethos and give it a more tangible focus.

Run in partnership with Theos, Faith Full Service? will be an engaging and interactive training day focused on how to integrate the Christian faith alongside high quality social care.  Facilitated by WLM’s Executive Director, Jon Kuhrt and Social Work Chaplain Rev’d Ruth Bottoms, it will be based around practical models, resources and experiences which can be used in your context.  Paul Bickley of Theos will also give input regarding their research on proselytism.

Faith Full Service? is for anyone involved in faith-based organisations, as well as church leaders and chaplains. It will also be helpful for commissioners within local and national government or those in other funding or regulatory bodies.

To book a place please go to Eventbrite

About Jon Kuhrt

Jon Kuhrt works with people affected by homelessness, offending and addictions at the West London Mission. He, his wife and three children are part of Streatham Baptist Church and he is a member of the Christians on the Left. He likes football...but loves cricket.
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