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North East Chaplains Gathering March 16

WCM UK is hosting a Day Conference in Durham on March 16, together with Northumberland Industrial Mission and Methodist Chaplaincies.

Amongst our Guest speakers will be Ann Morisy, community theologian and author. She has written widely on the spirituality of community engagement, public transport, ageing, and neighbourliness as a radical. Recently she has contributed to the ‘Pilgrim’ course for Christian Life.

The day conference is open to chaplains from all sectors, and those who support them, from any area of work, denomination or organisation. It will also be helpful for those who are considering following a calling to chaplaincy.

More information to follow

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Precarious Employment

Our Summer 2018 WorkPlace People magazine tells some stories of what it can be like to be on the receiving end of ‘precarious employment’: “unfair.. pressured.. anxiety..”. 

In parallel, Peter Heslam retells the story of the vineyard workers (Matt 20:1-16). Today, where is generosity to society’s most vulnerable workers? “The last shall be first and the first shall be last”..

WorkPlace People Summer 2018

Health of the High Street

BIRA – British Independent Retailers Association www.bira.co.uk – has launched a survey to gather evidence about our use and need for our High Street shops:  Their HealthoftheHighStreet survey is at bit.ly/healthofthehig

75% of UK shops are small independent retailers: although their difficulties may not get the publicity of large chain store closures, their loss is felt by local people.

Media experts say that retailing is in the middle of a ‘revolution’; that our High Streets are in ‘intensive care’. Yet retailing/wholesaling is still a larger contributor to national GDP than banking, and employs over 4 million people.

Alan Hawkins, CEO of BIRA , was speaking at WCM UK National conference. Can revolution  become positive evolution through careful policy action and careful support?

Preparing for General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The new GDPR Data Protection rules come into play  from 25 May 2018.

The  General Data Protection Regulation marks a shake up to data protection legislation and addresses the advances in the electronic world since the Data Protection Act came into force in the UK.  Although the main principles will remain the same, GDPR will totally repeal the DPA and enhances the protections.

At the heart of GDPR is the ethos of ‘Privacy by Design’ which in itself will entail maintaining records of personal data and processing activities and obtaining explicit consent to process data in many more cases. 

Data protection and an individual’s privacy is to be at the core of all new data processing activities. The new Regulations make  ‘transparency’ and ‘accountability’ key principles and the punishments for breaching the regulations have been considerably increased.

WCM UK has issued general guidance to its members about the new regulations and actions to take. Available here.

Further advice about GDPR for church organisations is available from the Church of England and the Methodist Church

New Trustees and Constitution for WCM UK at AGM

WCM UK will be voting on a new constitution for the charity and electing new Trustees at its Annual General Meeting on 25 June at 8:15pm.

The meeting agenda includes a report and accounts for 2017, and vote on a new constitution, which finalises the change of name of the charity to ‘Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK’.

The new constitution is available here. The existing constitution (from 2006) is available here

People seeking election as new Trustees are Matthew Reed (Methodist Chaplaincy Development Officer) and Fiona Stewart-Darling (Canary Wharf Chaplaincy). Trustees seeking re-election are: Peter Sellick (Churches and Industry Group Birmingham-Solihull), Dick Johnson (Faith at Work Worcestershire), Phillip Jones (Stoke on Trent), Olwen Smith (Chaplaincy for Banbury) and Angela Overton-Benge (Cumbria).

Since this is a re-scheduled AGM, if there is not the required quorum, then the AGM can proceed with the actual number of members present.

Workplace Chaplaincy National Conference – Places filling up

REFRESHING CHAPLAINCY:                        CHANGING ECONOMY

Limited number of places left at our National Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK Conference 2018. BOOK NOW.

Monday 25 June 1pm – Tuesday 26 June 2pm

The Hayes Conference Centre Swanwick, Derbyshire DE55 1AU

Speakers include:

Warren Evans – CEO Sports Chaplaincy UK
Alan Hawkins – CEO BIRA
Manager – Marks and Spencer

Workshops, worship and sharing together.

North Wales Multi Faith Chaplaincy Networking Day 30 May

Wrexham Glyndwr University Chaplaincy is organising a free Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Networking Day in collaboration with the chaplaincy at HMP Berwyn – the first event of its kind in the region.

Keynote speakers:

  • Ben Ryan (of the faith -based thinktank ‘Theos’, author of ‘Chaplaincy: A Very Modern Ministry’,)
  • Dr Karen Washington-Dyer, Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Glyndŵr:  ‘Faith and Fear’, or how faith helps us to cope with uncertainty in today’s ever-changing world.

Q&A session focusing on practical details of caring sensitively for those from a variety of faith backgrounds – the panel will include representatives from a wide range of world faiths – and a range of workshops:

Spaces: Rev Alan Pierce-Jones, Lead Chaplsin at HMP Berwyn, on setting up and using multi-faith spaces

Sport: James Wallace of Chester Unicersity Chaplaincy on using sport to build bridges in chaplaincy

Silence: Paul Jeorrett, Quaker Chaplain at Glyndwr on use of silence in multi-faith Chaplaincy

Sadness and Celebration: Marking rites-of-passage in a multi-faith setting (Humanist Chaplain)

See www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/multi-faith-chaplaincy-networking-day-tickets-44096439638?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse for full details, and to book.

Reflective Weekend for Christians in Secular Ministry

Reflective Weekend for Christians in Secular Ministry     Feb 23-25

CHRISM –  CHRistians In Secular Ministry – are organising a weekend of peace and reflection at Holland House, near Evesham. For Members and Non-members of CHRISM.

Tent-pitching God : Tent-dwelling people

Exploring Exodus and John’s Gospel

led by Revd. Dr. Rosalind Selby,

URC Minister and Principal of the Northern College, Manchester.

Booking Information available here

 

Refreshing Chaplaincy : Changing Economy

Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK will be holding its 2018 National Conference 25-26 June.

A chance for workplace chaplains to refresh themselves as members of God’s team of ‘change-makers’ in the Economy. 

Coming together to learn to how to use Chaplaincy as a Refreshment itself for workers going through change.

In a Brexit UK, work is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Workplace Chaplains can help!