There’s renewed interest in possible uses for the bombed-out church of All Hallows in London SE1 following a piece of work I completed earlier this year for Southwark Cathedral.
There’s an unusual opportunity here to work with local communities in new and transformative ways, addressing deep socio-economic divisions and revealing humanity and hope in a forgotten patch of this global city.
The Dean and Cannon Missioner have made a short video.
Radio 4’s Analysis programme examines ‘the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad.’
This episode looks at the religious roots of charity and wonders whether, in an era of government funding, commissioning and public service delivery, it has become too big and business like. Or whether it’s a good thing that charities have moved on from personal morality based on ‘do-gooding impulses’.
It’s available as a podcast http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03cmnzs.
Southwark Cathedral stands in an ancient part of London. Its parish lies in the centre of a globalised city which is experiencing unprecedented change: high-end regeneration along the riverside (including the Shard), increasing numbers of students and a long-standing local population which doesn’t appear to be benefiting from recent developments and which faces financial, educational, health and welfare reform challenges.
How will the Cathedral respond to this? How should it use its assets? Straddling both the glamorous riverside and the down-at-heel social housing areas, the Cathedral is in a unique position to work with local people and partners, bringing together experience and expertise for the benefit of all.
This report brings together statistics and qualitative research to capture the potential of an inner city area with an unusual history, an engaged Cathedral, a lively and diverse population, world class business and arts institutions and a range of pioneering civil society organisations.
Julia is a friend of WCEN.
This piece of work started out by looking into a possible centre for urban spirituality in London SE1.
It ended with a lot more besides – sketes, students, catalytic co-production, multi faith spaces and a shrine.
We talked to some extraordinary people – thank you everyone who participated. A fascinating journey.
Come & join us in celebrating 10 years of WCEN on 22nd November at 6pm in Battersea.
Maurice Glasman will be speaking and we will be hearing from many friends who have supported us over the years. What will the next 10 years in social policy and community empowerment look like?
Plus – it’ll be a great party :)