Saturday, 21st September saw the Caritas Parish Representatives meet once again to discuss their progress galvanising their parish communities to be more engaged with social change. Speakers included Catholic Social Teaching Trainer Kathryn Ansley and Rachel Taylor, our new Trust & Grants Officer who joined Caritas over the summer.
The event also saw training given on behalf of Together for the Common Good, an ecumenical, non-partisan charity dedicated to promoting the ‘common good’ of all mankind, regardless of religious affiliation (or none).
Participants learned about the example of Anglican Bishop David Sheppard and Archbishop Derek Worlock, both of Liverpool, who helped their city during turbulent times, to discover common ground between groups that had been traditionally opposed to one another. Representatives were encouraged and guided through exercises that helped them to think about current projects in their parishes, and how these might be expanded to include those on the peripheries of the local community. The session left everyone feeling enthused by what they were now able to take back to their parish, a concrete plan to build Hope in the Future.