Our Conversation; Our Future

Our Conversation: Our Future was a year-long process of conversation, listening and prayer, which took place across each archdeaconry to help shape a new vision for the Diocese.

People took part in groups and as individuals, and included parishes, chaplaincies, schools, deaneries, home-groups. In a variety of local settings, people responded to the call to discern what the Holy Spirit might be calling them to do and be in their local setting, as well as what needed to change.

Bishop James supported the process by saying:

"Our Conversation; Our Future is part of our process to develop a strategic framework for the Diocese. Some people recoil when strategy is mentioned, particularly in a church context.  I understand (and indeed share) this apprehension, but in the world in which we live, I think it is good and helpful to think clearly and prayerfully about how we will work for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom in our midst.  We seek to discern the will of God in all that we do, and therefore I am asking everyone in the Diocese to engage with Our Conversation; Our Future prayerfully and with an open heart.

Our Conversation; Our Future is an opportunity for us to respond to the cultural, economic and spiritual changes that society is undergoing and especially the need to develop a coherent and shared vision for mission, through evangelism and social action, that demonstrates the coming Kingdom of God in the midst of such uncertainty and flux. This is an era when many Christian people feel more isolated and less sure of how to express their faith in a hard and unyielding culture, but this is not a task each is called to alone. The Church exists to give shape, meaning and voice to Christian identity; the Diocese of Rochester helps to give regional expression to this for Anglicans."

+ James Langstaff

Heavenly Father, our beginning and our end,
who is always more ready to hear
than we to pray,
be with us in our listening,
in our history and in our future
that we might see your work
in the world about us
and seek your face
in the communities we serve.


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