A Vision for the Church of the Future

 A Vision For the Church of the Future


Covid 19 has caused changes in the way that society operates. Almost nothing of the life we knew in 2018-19 has remained unaffected.

In our life of faith, too, we are adapting to change – churches have been closed for three months and more. Spiritual needs are difficult to meet at a time of social distancing. The charitable work of society has had to meet new challenges and new demands.

What kind of Church are we becoming? What kind of Church will we be in the future?

Pope Francis has established a Covid 19 Commission to examine the global issues associated with the pandemic. At a diocesan level, ACTA is setting up a sequence of online Conference meetings to debate where the Church is and will be as a result of Covid 19.

On the dates set out below there will be an online Zoom meeting with
Introduction of a key speaker
20-25 minutes presentation by an invited speaker
Breakout rooms- Discussion – 30 minutes - Facilitated
Question and Answer Session with the invited speaker – 30 minutes

Registration is essential and the form is available at :


While there is no charge for accessing these sessions, a small voluntary donation to defray expenses and to support the charitable work of our speakers would be gratefully received

All sessions will be accessed via Zoom. https://us04web.zoom.us/signin

All sessions will start at 7.00 pm prompt

Wednesday 23rd September 2020 – Prof Tom O’ Loughlin University of Nottingham

Eucharist and Community in a Digital Age

Wednesday 7th October 2020 - Fr Gerry Proctor MBE – Archdiocese of Liverpool

Ministering in the Field Hospital

Wednesday 21st October 2020 - Dr Philip McCarthy – Chief Executive, Caritas Social Action Network

Hearing the Cry of the Poor and Disadvantaged

Wednesday 4th November 2020 - Dr Clare Watkins, Reader, Roehampton Institute

A Vision for the Church of the Future


Event Properties

Event Date 04-11-2020 7:00 pm
Event End Date 04-11-2020 8:00 pm
Capacity 105
Registered 100
Available places 5
Individual Price Voluntary Donation


7.00 PM




Clare Watkins


Brief Biography: I am a Roman Catholic, lay woman theologian, committed to teaching and research in the areas of ecclesiology, sacramental theology and practical theology, and with a particular concern for working theologically in ways that contribute to ministerial formation and church life and mission. Having completed my doctorate under the supervision of Professor Stephen Sykes, in 1990, I juggled pastoral and theological work with raising our four children. During this time I was lucky enough to work pastorally as a lay assistant in parish and student chaplaincy ministries, and to develop teaching and research at Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, in the Cambridge Theological Federation, (Vice Principal and Director of Studies) and at Allen Hall, the Westminster Catholic seminary. A major part of recent work has been with the Heythrop Institute where I have worked with James Sweeney, Helen Cameron and Cath Duce in the development of Theological Action Research (the ARCS project), and, most recently, on the Visions for Educational Leadership project.

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