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Conference for Norfolk’s growing chaplaincy 

On November 6, the Multi Faith Annual Chaplaincy Conference will be held in Swaffham with input from high profile chaplains and a presentation from Ben Ryan of Theos highlighting the extraordinary growth of chaplaincy roles in Norfolk.

Good Work (Norfolk and Waveney Industrial Mission) are hosting their annual Multi Faith Chaplaincy Conference at the Green Britain Centre in Swaffham on Monday, November 6, 9.30am - 4pm.

Called 'Speaking of God', the conference for Norfolk chaplains and anyone interested in chaplaincy will hear from key speakers as well as incorporate time to meet others, exchange experiences and gain new ideas.
 
Conference Organiser Chris Copsey, Chaplain at Norfolk's Coroners Service and The Matthew Project said: "Chaplaincy is a flourishing ministry in Norfolk, a really strong resource supporting organisations and people in many different ways. This conference will give opportunity to chaplains to connect across faiths and sectors, to reflect and understand more of their role and how across many different  contexts they can ‘Speak of God’".

Ben Ryan (pictured) and Natan Mladin, Researchers from Theos, the UK’s leading think tank on religion, will present 'An Evaluation of Chaplaincy in Norfolk' based on the recent report ‘Mapping Chaplaincy in Norfolk: A Report’ published in July 2017.
 
This project included a detailed mapping of chaplains in Norfolk between October 2016 and March 2017 and discovered that there are 230 chaplains operating in Norfolk. They were working in 16 primary fields including health, education, sport, military, police, prison, ports, residential care, theatre, workplace, bereavement and local government.

Talking about the report Ben said: “the research underlines the extraordinary growth of chaplaincy today. In a country in which we are constantly told that faith is on the decline chaplains are providing pastoral and spiritual support across an enormous range of settings and demonstrating that faith groups are willing and able to contribute something valuable to public life in the UK. Chaplains are fast becoming the public face of religion”.  

Rev Dr Fiona Stewart-Darling, Lead Chaplain to the International Business Community in Canary Wharf will also address the conference on 'We can speak of mission - Mission is possible within the context of chaplaincy'. Fiona is an Anglican priest who has been providing chaplaincy to all the workers on the Canary Wharf Estate since June 2004.

The third speaker will be Dr Asgar Halim Rajput, Director of Muslim Chaplains in Education and a Higher Education chaplain at Brunel, Goldsmiths and Roehampton Universities

Caroline Virgo from The Church of England's Clewer Institute will also speak to the conference.

The cost for the day is £10 and includes lunch and drinks through the day. There is ample free parking and the centre is next to the X1 bus route.

To register please email Chris Copsy by November 1 at chriscopsey@btinternet.com.

The conference begins at 9am for 9.30am.