God’s World: Considering the Big Picture

Being God’s Church for God’s World means being engaged with the issues of our time. Through Bishops’ Conversations on 1 Peter – and also gathering insights from the wider Anglican World – the conference discussions will consider some big picture themes in church life and world affairs.


More will emerge will during the course of the conference journey.

Proclaiming Good News

In some parts of the world the church is growing and thriving. In others it is declining and struggling to be heard.

Many Christians are persecuted and marginalised for their faith.  God calls the church to make disciples from all nations and share the good news. From urban, rural, new expressions and digital modes of outreach, what will mission and evangelism look like in the decade ahead?

Planet

The clock is loudly ticking on the need for urgent and impactful global responses to climate crisis and environmental concerns.

Many parts of the anglican communion are experiencing first-hand the human impact of rising tides, drought, famine and species extinction. As one of the biggest emergencies of our time, the anglican communion is playing a vital role in climate action. What will it mean to treasure, safeguard and sustain God’s creation for current and future generations?

Pandemic response

Covid-19 continues to cause huge disruption around the world.

Many experience illness or bereavement. Key workers and front line services fight tirelessly to provide support. Politicians and leaders grapple with the immense challenges of the health crisis. Church and community leaders work to share hope and practical service. A vaccine is now in the mix, but there’s still a huge road to travel. How can the anglican communion influence and support effective roll out strategies around the world?

Science and faith

Science and technology make a huge contribution to our lives and our world.

In the face of issues like climate crisis or the covid-19 pandemic, faith and science communities are collaborating as they seek to respond to world problems. As the pace of scientific change and development accelerates, how can the church engage with confidence in science and ethical debate as an integral part of God’s mission to God’s world?

People

There are 7.9 billion people living on this planet.

Despite the creativity, capability and progress of humankind, our world is still a very unequal and unfair place. The world of work and employment is changing rapidly, with huge disparities in the annual salaries of rich and poor. The covid-19 crisis is likely to add as many as 150 million extreme poor by 2021 . Every day, millions of people around the world are suffering, as they experience deprivation, trauma and exploitation in various forms. From mass migration, human trafficking, gender injustice or racial discrimination – how is the church responding to marginalised, vulnerable and at risk people?

Peace and reconciliation

Many people in our world are victims of violence and conflict or suffer under unjust systems.

The church itself is diverse and often divided on a range of issues. Yet through the person of Christ, God has reconciled us to himself and to each other and calls us to be peacemakers. What can how do we today to transform unjust structures of society, challenging violence of every kind and pursuing peace and reconciliation?

Politics and economic justice

We are living at a time of political polarity.

In many parts of the globe, the progress and integrity of democracy is being challenged. Many people still face discrimination and obstacles to their human rights; as a result of people or systems that hold on to power and resources. The politics of Jesus is one that challenges us to put ourselves last, to share our bread with the hungry and liberate the oppressed. What will it mean to tackle injustice where we find it and share the power of God’s kingdom?