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North/South: An English Workshop

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Swiss Church London

79 Endell Street

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WC2H 9DY

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There is a ‘great divide’ geographically, demographically, historically, economically, psychologically and even spiritually between the North & South of England. However due to the English propensity for ‘polite egalitarianism’ (if we take Kate Fox’s anthropological study seriously) we would rather overlook this reality than face up to it.

The North-South divide has a serious detrimental effect on human relations in England. Inequality between North & South is growing, notwithstanding initiatives such as the Northern Powerhouse and High Speed Two (HS2) which may have little or even detrimental effect.

Everyone with a concern for a flourishing England is welcome to this workshop, no matter where they are ‘from’ (England or elsewhere). We will engage participants in our origins and movements through our life journeys, address the contested question of the existence and whereabouts of the boundary between North & South and offer creative ways of holding in tension the polarity that is ‘North / South’ in England.

We expect to create the motivation for change and action in those who attend.

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Nigel Rooms is a Church of England priest with a portfolio of roles which include consultancy and research. Originally from Yorkshire, Nigel has lived and worked in Wales, Southern England, Africa and the Midlands. He has just crossed the River Trent and moved from Nottingham to Leicester. Last year he co-edited a book of essays focusing on questions that the North raises for the Church in England. Nigel is currently learning on the Tavistock Institute's P3C Practitioner Certificate in Consulting and Change.

Rosy Fairhurst is currently Canon Chancellor of Leicester Cathedral, which means that she oversees education, interpretation and formation in the life and work of the Cathedral and its partnerships. Formerly she worked as an Organisational Analyst with The Grubb Institute, was Director of Mission and Ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon (training clergy) and served in parishes in Islington, Hackney and at St Martin in the Fields in London. She grew up in Lowry country – Stockport, one of the circle of ten towns round Manchester.

Rosy and Nigel work together leading the Liminal Leadership Conference which has grown out of The Grubb’s Transforming Clergy Leadership Conferences.

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