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King’s Lynn Peace and Justice Forum

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Over 45 people gathered at Cornerstone King’s Lynn Baptist Church for a day conference on Peace and Justice.

The free event, held on Saturday 13 January, was open to anyone interested in issues of social justice from a Christian perspective. Joint Moderators, the Revd June Love (Cornerstone KL Baptist Church) and the Revd Kyla Sørensen (St. Faith’s Church Gaywood), were delighted to see so many gathered at the free event.

The forum was presented by the Revd Steve Tinning, the Baptist Union’s Public Issues Enabler. Revd Steve divides his working week between the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) and the Baptist Union of Great Britain. At heart, he is an activist, with practical theology and community-organising theory working as the foundations of a ministry of justice and compassion.

During a packed programme, leaders from eight different church traditions and delegates from a number of local charities and groups had the opportunity to engage with challenging questions and to reflect on how together we can affect action to make a real difference in King’s Lynn and surrounds. Lively and engaging discussions were had as well as the fantastic opportunity to network with other churches and groups in the pop-up resource centre.

The day rounded off with a conversation between the Revd Steve Tinning and Andy Frere-Smith, a frontline worker in King’s Lynn for Norfolk Together.

The Revd Kyla said “Ahead of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, this forum was an opportunity for church leaders, local groups and charities to explore issues that really matter, issues that we are witnessing in our local communities on a daily basis.

The Revd June said “As churches and charities we are passionate about social action in our area, however Steve inspired us to think about how we can work together to bring about social justice – changing King’s Lynn from a town where we serve the poor to a place where poverty is alleviated altogether.

Helen Gilbert, from the King’s Lynn Foodbank said “It was an informative and very thought-provoking forum, covering several different aspects of peace and justice at a local level as well as nationally and internationally. So many of these issues are looked at in isolation, when in reality they all overlap and impact on each other. As we head into an election year, it is so vital that we as individuals are all as informed as possible about these issues, so that we can make an informed choice about which representative we want to speak for us in political arenas on these matters.”

Next year’s forum will be held at Gaywood Church Rooms on 18 January 2025, 10am – 3pm.

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