The 7th Annual ACTA Conference - Manchester

7th National ACTA Conference
Imagining the Church of the Future...



Diarmuid O'Murchu


  • Saturday 12th October 2019
  • Registration 10.15am for 11.00am start, close 4.00pm
  • Cost £20 (bring lunch). Under 25’s  free
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       Cost £20 (bring lunch), under 25 free

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loopsystemThere is a loop system available in all conference rooms

Public Transport

Please note: As King’s House Conference Centre does not own any of these car parks we cannot guarantee there will be spaces and some may fill up quickly. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

On-Street Parking
Sidney Street has free parking bays, restricted to 2 hours on weekdays 8am to 6pm.
York Street, Cavendish Street, Lower Ormond Street, Higher Ormond Street and Lower Chatham also have free 2 hour parking bays.
Please read parking restriction signs carefully and avoid double yellow lines on all streets.

By Train
Manchester Oxford Road Train Station The walking route is described on the first page of this document. King’s House is on the right of Sidney Street, opposite the entrance to Sugden Sports Centre.

Manchester Piccadilly Train Station Leave the station by the Fairfield Street exit (by the taxi rank). The walking route is described on the first page of this document. King’s House is on the right of Sidney Street, opposite the entrance to Sugden Sports Centre.

The alternatives to walking are to get a taxi for around £5, or the 147 Oxford Road Link bus for 80p ( The bus stop is on Fairfield Street and the 147 runs every 10 minutes weekdays from here along Whitworth Street and then Oxford Road. The closest bus stop to King’s House is the Aquatics Centre.

Manchester Victoria Train Station is on the North of the city centre. It is best to get a Metrolink tram to Piccadilly Gardens and then go by bus, or a tram to Manchester Piccadilly Train Station and then follow the directions above.

By Tram
The closest Metrolink tram stop to King’s House is St.Peter’s Square which is a 10 minute walk from King’s House.
From St.Peter’s Square, turn onto Oxford Street, heading South away from the city centre. Go past the Palace Theatre on the left (after which the road becomes Oxford Road). Go under the railway bridge and the Mancunian Way flyover. Turn left onto Sidney Street and follow the blue “King’s Church” pedestrian signs around to the right. King’s House is on the right of Sidney Street, opposite the entrance to Sugden Sports Centre.

By Bus (Subject to Change as Part of Bus Priority Scheme)
Oxford Road is a main bus corridor into the city centre. The closest Oxford Road bus stops to King’s House are these: the Aquatics Centre (heading South away from the city centre) and All Saints’ Park (heading North towards the city centre).

Routes from Piccadilly Gardens, via Oxford Road: 15 & 253 to Flixton. 16, 41 & 263 to Altrincham. 42 & 142 to East Didsbury. 42 & 42A to Stockport and Reddish. 43 & 44 to Manchester Airport. 48 to Northenden. 85 & 86 to Chorlton. 111 & 143 to West Didsbury.
145 to Cheadle Hulme. 157 & X57 to Woodford. 250 & 291 to the Trafford Centre.
Routes from Albert Square, via Oxford Road: 191 & 197 to Stockport.
Routes from Piccadilly Gardens, via Higher Cambridge Street: 99 to Sale. 101, 104 & 109 to Wythenshawe.

Further Information For further information about public transport in Greater Manchester, including a journey planner, visit

By Coach
Manchester Central Coach Station is on Chorlton Street and is a 12 minute walk from King’s

ACTA Conference 2019 Flyer


Event Properties

Event Date 12-10-2019 10:15 am
Event End Date 12-10-2019 4:00 pm
Registration Start Date 17-03-2019 9:00 am
Capacity 250
Registered 144
Available places 106
Individual Price £20.00
Location King's House, Manchester
Attachment map-and-directions.pdf


10:15 am

Welcome and Registration

Registration and refreshments

11:00 am


Welcome from Kathy Bamber, national leadership team; Opening prayer: Stephen Hoyland, Clare Cobb, Peter Cobb

11.15 am

Diarmuid O’Murchu

Church at the Service of the Kingdom of God, - looking at the current theology of the Church

12:00 noon


Break for tea/coffee and informal discussion: What have you learnt? What motivates or inspires you? What is your response? Questions/comments into a box.

12:30 pm

Diarmuid O’Murchu

Church as Catalyst for an Empowering Community - the importance of community above and beyond Institution.

1:15 pm


Lunch and informal discussion: What have you learnt? What motivates or inspires you? What is your response? Questions/comments into a box.

2.00 pm

Jean Riordan

ACTA national team report: Jean Riordan

2:15 pm

Diarmuid O’Murchu

Ritual and Empowering Community - how to revision the Sacraments as empowering rituals.​

3:00 pm


Break for tea/coffee. Any remaining questions/comments into a box by 3:10pm.

3.20 pm


Plenary with Diarmuid O’Murchu facilitated by Stephen Hoyland and Rosa Trelfa

3.45 pm


Thanks and farewell from Kathy Bamber

4:00 pm

Conference Close

Closing prayer: Stephen Hoyland, Clare Cobb and Peter Cobb


Diarmuid O'Murchu


Brief Biography: Diarmuid O'Murchu, a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, and a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin Ireland, is a social psychologist most of whose working life has been in social ministry, predominantly in London, UK. In that capacity he has worked as a couple's counsellor, in bereavement work, AIDS-HIV counselling, and, in more recent times, with homeless people and refugees. As a workshop leader and group facilitator he has worked in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, The Philippines, Thailand, India, and in several African countries, facilitating programmes on Adult Faith Development. His best known books include Quantum Theology (1996 - revised in 2004), Ancestral Grace (2008), Jesus in the Power of Poetry (2009), Christianity's Dangerous Memory (2011), In the Beginning was the Spirit (2012), God in the Midst of Change (2013) and On Being a Postcolonial Christian (2014). He now lives in Dublin, Ireland.


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