Urban Life and Faith
For over twenty years, Westcott House has worked closely with the Diocese of Manchester in running contextual theology placements for ordinands in urban areas. As a way of continuing Westcott House’s long-standing commitment to social justice and its interest in urban theology, we are developing a new urban initiative as one stream within the new Westcott Foundation. Its long-term aim is to support and enhance the capacity of local clergy and other faith leaders in urban areas to exercise effective social and community roles.
Westcott hosted two events during 2011 - a day on “The Good Neighbourhood” and a “Learning from the Riots” round table in the autumn. More recently an Urban Resource Group (URG) has come into existence whose purpose is to resource the wider project. Various members met on two occasions during 2012 to discuss faith leadership and a further meeting took place on 7 November 2012 on the theme of "Community Building".
Summaries of the Good Neighbourhood day and of the three URG meetings, as well as a longer overview of our project taken from the Westcott Annual Review 2011-12 and a paper on "Building Community Perspectives" are available here.
Notes of meetings: