Young people integral to the 2018 Forum
The planning group for CTE’s next Forum has had its first meeting and is determined that there will be a significant presence of young people. Churches will be asked to include them in their delegations and any spare places will be offered first to people under 35.
This priority was set both by the 2015 Forum and by CTE’s Directors who appointed Hilary Topp (photo above) as Deputy Moderator of the 2018 Forum. Hilary has been National Co-ordinator of the Student Christian Movement since 2009. A Quaker who is passionate about education, ecumenism and peace, Hilary is also a qualified science teacher and taught in Zanzibar and Sheffield before working for Pax Christi as its Peace Education Worker. She enjoys finding creative ways to facilitate meetings and events. Nothing annoys her more than conferences where people are talked at for hours in the hope they will learn something. Hilary spends her spare time growing vegetables with her son Arthur, cycling, camping, painting, and going on holiday.
In addition to Hilary, the planning group consists of Ruth Gee, Forum Moderator and Chair of the Darlington Methodist District, David Cornick, CTE’s General Secretary, and Jenny Bond, CTE Training Resourcing and Events.