Phase 1 took place from 2021 to 2022 as the bishops prepared for the in-person conference

Session 1: Be Present

Exploring a theology of incarnation and lament, this session looks at what it means to be ‘present’ in ministry with those who are suffering, marginalised or disagree with us.



The Rev’d Canon Dr Joseph Zebedayo Bilal Kenyi

Dr Bilal has studied and ministered extensively in South Sudan and the UK and is now Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic and Finance Affairs at the Episcopal University South Sudan. He is also a member of the Episcopal Church Mediation Team – which advises church and political leaders on conflict resolution nationally – and a member of the Anglican Consultative Council. Alongside gaining a PhD in Social Science in London School of Theology, Brunel University UK, Dr Bilal has been Vicar of St. James Parish Church Juba, Diocesan Secretary of Juba Diocese, Head Anglican Chaplain for Her Majesty’s Prison Service in Bristol UK, and board member and trainer for the Episcopal Church of South Sudan’s Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Commission.

The Rev’d Dr Manfred Deselaers

Fr Manfred is a Roman Catholic priest from Germany. Since the 1990s, he has lived in the city of Oświęcim [formerly Auschwitz] in Poland. He now works at the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim where he leads the Programmes Department. In Cracow he lectured about “Theology after Auschwitz” following completion of his PhD thesis on God and the Evil in the Light of the Biography and Statements of Rudolf Hoess, the Commander of Auschwitz. He was a member of the International Auschwitz Council from 2006 to 2018.

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