Church Leaders invite Young People to Big Hope 2
Liverpool Hope University, 13-20 June 2018
Big Hope 2 comes 10 years after the original event and fulfils the promise made to welcome young people from around the world to Liverpool, as the city celebrates a decade since being European Capital of Culture. The Big Hope 2 Young Leaders Congress is based around four major themes affecting the world today, freedom, conflict, equality and change. Young people aged between 16-35 from all over the world are invited to the Big Hope 2 to explore these topics, discuss how they are affecting their lives and society, and what they can do to make a difference.
The Presidents of Churches Together in the Merseyside Region are encouraging an ecumenical group of young people to attend this congress. Denominational youth leaders met earlier this year in view of attending the Big Hope 2 and of future working together. The youth leaders, including 2 chaplains from the local universities, shared some of their precious experiences of youth work. It became clear that each denomination has a characteristic way of working with young people and that there is a great variety in approach, which was refreshing and enriching.
The CTMR Presidents who are inviting the ecumenical group to take part in the congress are: The Most Rev’d Malcolm McMahon, Archbishop of Liverpool; The Right Rev’d Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool; The Rev’d Dr Sheryl Anderson, Chair of the Liverpool Methodist District; The Rev’d Jacky Embrey, Moderator of the Mersey Synod of the United Reformed Church; The Rev’d Phil Jump, Regional Minister, North West Baptist Association and Major Drew McCombe, Divisional Commander – North West England and North Wales, Salvation Army.
There is an excellent and exciting programme for the Big Hope 2 with many inspirational keynote speakers confirmed. It will be a packed week of learning, debate, creativity and fun. There will be keynotes, discussion forums, learning tracks, reflection sessions as well as time for social interaction. The Opening & Closing Ceremony will be at the Anglican and Catholic Cathedrals.
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