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The Ins and Outs of Policymaking: What Role for the Church?

Monday 18th May 2015
10.00am - 2.30pm
Crypt of St Paul's Cathedral

Following the recent House of Bishop's letter 'Who is my neighbour?' and on the same day that the new parliament is summoned following a hotly contested General Election, this clergy learning day will reflect on when, how and why the Church engages in the political debate and how to do this most effectively.  Held in partnership with policymakers from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, this interactive day will be geared to enhance understanding on how the Church can engage with policy and policymaking.  Particular emphasis will be placed on process and vocabulary, as well as some specific case studies.

The programme will be tailored to provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss the issues in detail as well as be informed on initiatives accessible to churches for those wishing to take action in their own parish.  Given feedback we have received following previous clergy days, this day will also be open to one or two key people that assist your parish work so that you can bring those who might be involved in any initiatives or other actions you may want to take in the future.


John Alty - Chief Executive and Comptroller General, Intellectual Property Office

Chris Barton - Trade Policy Director, Department of BIS

Jack Palmer - The Archbishop of Canterbury's Social & Public Affairs Adviser

Jaee Samant - Labour Market Director, Department of BIS

With a welcome from the Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Bishop of London.

This clergy learning day will be provided free of charge and will include a sandwich lunch and refreshments.  Further information and a full agenda will be sent to those who register.

This event is open only to clergy and their invited guests.  

You can register to attend by contacting Nicola Davis via or 020 7246 8343.  Please do inform us of any dietary requirements that you may have.