Transforming our Overseas Partnerships: learning together


Saturday 25 November 2017
10.00-13.00  (arrivals from 9.40)

Venue: St Catherine's, Aylsham Road, next to Mile Cross library, Mile Cross, Norwich, NR3 2RJ
This morning aims to support churches and Anglican benefices with overseas partnership links. It is open to members of all churches which have existing overseas partnerships or are exploring the possibility of developing such a link.

The day is hosted by bishop Jonathan and other members of the World Engagement Group of the Diocese of Norwich, and is a shared initiative by Christian Aid and the Diocese of Norwich.

The intended outcomes are

  • to learn from the experience of partnership, identifying good practice where partnerships work well
  • to encourage some churches who haven’t links to explore this
  • to identify if there is a need for further training and support for churches


Our plan is for the morning (10.00-13.00), comprising of

09.40 - Arrivals

10.00 - Welcome by Bishop Jonathan and introduction to ‘Open Space’ discussion process later in the morning 

10.05 ‘When helping hurts, hinders or helps’ - a presentation by Julian Bryant of Christian Aid East of England Team (30mins plus 15 mins questions)

11.45 - Refreshments (to take to open tables session)

10.50 - A presentation by Abraham Mwangi Wanjo – Abraham (pictured right) works for the Anglican Development Services – Mount Kenya East (30mins plus 15 mins questions – ending with a song)

12.05  ‘Open Space’ conversations (accepting topics identified during the morning, with discussions led by questioners but facilitated by members of the team)

12.40 - Plenary feedback and reflections from groups

12.55 - Closing and a consideration of future plans

13.00 - Departure

Do join us and share your experience and insight, as we consider how to better support our church partnerships.

Cost and booking:

£2.75 per person  Please book in advance if possible.

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