The COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered and deepened needs in society; loneliness, isolation, inequality, and food poverty, to name but a few. As churches and followers of Jesus, we have a role to play in serving and caring for our city, and in sharing our hope for a better future. It’s time to ask, how can we be good news for Oxford?
Renew Oxford will include talks, workshops, prayer and networking opportunities, helping us to better understand the needs of our city, celebrate the work that is already being done, and consider what role we can play in continuing to work for the renewal of Oxford.
Date: Saturday June 18th 2022, 09.30-15.00
Venue: The King’s Centre, Osney Mead, OX2 0ES
Cost: £20 (early bird rate) / £10 concessions
Our keynote speakers for the conference include:
Dr Russell Rook, OBE
Russell is a social entrepreneur and co-founder of the Good Faith Partnership, which brings together leaders from faith, politics, charity and commerce to incubate innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems. He has helped churches work with the government to resettle refugees, advance international religious freedom, launch YourNeighbour.org and deliver the ChurchWorks Commission for Covid Recovery.
Joy is a Senior Civil Servant, responsible for Volunteering and Tackling Loneliness in the Civil Society and Youth directorate at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). She has held various volunteer roles in charities, including as a trustee, debt adviser, youth worker and church leader.
His election as Mayor in 2016 made Bristol the first major European city to have a Mayor of black African heritage. Marvin has declared Bristol a City of Hope, built on ambition, inclusion and social justice, themes that have featured prominently in his previous roles for Tearfund, Black Development Agency, and NHS Bristol’s Public Health team, Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health.
Lloyd is the Chief Executive of Saltbox, a charity in Stoke-on-Trent that facilitates partnership between churches, the public sector, and voluntary and community sectors. He is a national advisor for the Gather Movement and has previously been a national advisor for the Cinnamon Network. He is also a Methodist lay preacher, and chair of the Lichfield Cathedral Council.
Sheridan Voysey is an author, broadcaster, and regular presenter of Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. He is the author of eight books, including The Making of Us: Who We Can Become When Life’s Doesn’t Go as Planned, and his next multi-platform project, Friendship Lab, will explore the art and science of forming and deepening adult friendship.
In addition to our main speakers, we will also hear interviews and updates from a range of contributors, representing different sectors of city life, including:
Pastor of Oxford Community Church, and host of Renew Oxford
Pastor of Hope Vineyard and Physiotherapist
Pastor of Living Word Fellowship, and social worker
Oxfordshire Public Health Consultant
Chief Superintendent, Thames Valley Police
Children’s Pastor at St Aldate’s
Senior Fire Office
Co-founder The Wheelhouse, assistant pastor at Oxford Community Church
Co-founder, The Cowley Collective
Oxford Catalyst team leader for Christian Medical Fellowship
Principle, Tyndale Community School