USPG at Greenbelt 2019 – The world does not need any more white saviours?


We’re looking forward to being at Greenbelt Festival at Broughton House this coming bank holiday weekend, 23-26th August where we’ll be continuing the theme we covered last year in our “White Saviour Complex Narratives” panel discussion which you can watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYK8qtvCr-o

MP David Lammy’s tweet to Comic Relief made headline news this year. He argued that “The world does not need any more white saviours” and claimed that “the idea Africans are victims that need saving is a missionary idea…Let’s instead promote voices from across the continent of Africa [and beyond] and have a serious debate.” We have invited global thinkers to join us in a panel at 5pm on Sunday in the Treehouse called “The worlds does not need any more white saviours?”.

Speakers are:

Revd. Rose Hudson Wilkin grew up in Montego Bay. In 2007 she was appointed as a Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen and in 2010, she became the 79th (and first female) Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons. She leads the prayers in the House of Commons daily and has pastoral care of members and staff of the Palace of Westminster. She has represented the Church of England at the World Council of Churches in Zimbabwe and Brazil and is a fellow of Public Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary, USA. She is the Bishop-designate of Dover.

Revd. Ijeoma Ajibade is an Anglican priest working in the Diocese of London and the Diocese of Southwark. She is also the Regional Director for Europe at Mission to Seafarers. Ijeoma has always combined ministry with secular work, working in different government roles in the UK public sector for 25 years. She has worked in local government in London on issues including Audit and Special Investigations, Housing Advice and Homelessness, and welfare benefit administration. Ijeoma spent twelve years working for the London Assembly and two Mayors of London (Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson). As well as being ordained in the Church of England since 2010 Ijeoma is also a community activist working on human rights, and HIV awareness and prevention.

Shakeel Nurmahi grew up in Southampton. He read Theology at Trinity College Bristol before moving to Kettering to join the ministry team at St Andrew’s Church Kettering, as part of the Church of England’s ministry experience scheme in Peterborough Diocese. Alongside this Shakeel has been the Chair of the Church of England Youth Council (CEYC) since January 2018. In 2018 Shakeel attended the CAPA Youth Congress in Kenya with USPG. After two years in Kettering, Shakeel is moving to Durham to begin ordination training at Cranmer Hall.

Revd. Duncan Dormor became General Secretary of USPG in January 2018. He is an Anglican priest, published author, teacher and public speaker. Before joining USPG Duncan spent nearly two decades at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he served as Dean of Chapel, Director of Studies for Theology and as President (Head of the Fellowship. He is a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’s Mission and Theological Advisory Group.

The debate will be chaired by Revd Dr Rachele (Evie) Vernon O’Brien, a Jamaican womanist theologian, European coordinator for Pan African Women’s Ecumenical Empowerment Movement(PAWEEN) Theological Adviser at USPG,  and is a member of Caribbean Women Theologians for Transformation (CWTT).

You can find us in the Takeaway all weekend so do pay us a visit, see how quickly you can put the world back together with our jigsaw, show off your knowledge of flags and engage in more discussions. We’ll be holding a series of mini talks in our tent about the relevance of Mission Agencies in the 21st Century, asking when it’s possible to make a good difference on mission placements, and giving you the space to discover your own special place in word mission through our short-term mission placements.

You can buy your tickets here.

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