A debate on 11 May 2022 on the Queen’s Speech following the State Opening of Parliament considering the upcoming Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill.
Questions of poverty and inequality are at the heart of our discipleship. Each of us will need to navigate the spiritual challenges, dangers and temptations of relative and sometimes actual wealth. As a church we have a calling to serve the poorest in our communities. As a whole church we have a responsibility to maintain and if we can to deepen the way in which our society lives out the call in the prophets and in the gospels to justice and a fairer society.
Dr Philip Salmon is a parliamentary historian by trade who is involved in a scheme to renew John Henry Newman’s historic vision for St Mary and St Nicolas Church in Littlemore to provide a community space in one of Oxford’s poorest communities. Bishop Steven visited the church to talk to Philip about the scheme. Read more and see photos of St Mary and St Nicolas Church here.
The Oxford Winter Night Shelter is going from strength to strength providing warmth and a safe place to sleep for some of the city’s growing numbers of rough sleepers during the coldest nights of the year. Bishop Steven spoke to the Revd Mary Gurr, Oxford’s chaplain to the homeless, as volunteers were setting the shelter up for the night.