Whilst its buildings have been closed, churches have extended their important role in providing food and welfare provision to those in need. But what has pastoral care really looked like in lockdown? Wrestling with high mortality rates and radical uncertainty has deeply unsettled people prompting a range of spiritual questions from the wider community. How have the churches responded to these challenges? This webinar explores the pastoral, spiritual and material dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic drawing on emerging research and practice. Speakers will be:
Dr Anne Richards, the Church of England’s National Adviser on mission theology, new religious movements and alternative spiritualties and convener of the Mission Theological Advisory Group of the CTBI.
The Revd Canon Malcolm Rogers MBE, Vicar of St Gabriel Huyton Quarry, Area Dean of Huyton, Canon of Liverpool Cathedral. Malcolm received an MBE for services to community cohesion in Knowsley, Merseyside.
Dr Jo Sadgrove, Research and Learning Advisor, USPG; Research Fellow Centre for Religion and Public Life, University of Leeds. Jo is currently working on an AHRC funded research project analysing the intersections of pastoral care, spiritual care and public health in the Early Modern Period and the present day.