Following the recent Convenors zoom meeting, there was a request from a number of you for us to set up a Convenors WhatsApp group. This has now been set up for us and we would like to express our thanks to Nicola Denyer for organising this.
The WhatsApp group is for MOSAIC Convenors and Steering Group Members only and will provide a way that we can be better connected with each other and support one another more easily.
The link to join the WhatsApp group has been sent out to all those who are eligible to join but if you have not received this link by email, please get in touch with us.
The MOSAIC AGM is taking place on Wednesday 9th March at 7:30pm on zoom.
All associated with MOSAIC are welcome to join us as we reflect on our first year of operation and how we go forwards. To join the meeting, please click here.
Meeting ID: 858 8381 1547
There are a number of events coming up that we would ask you to keep in your thoughts and prayers:
The MOSAIC AGM is taking place on Wednesday 9th March 2022 at 7:30pm. All those who are associated with MOSAIC are welcome to join us as we reflect on our first year of operation and how we go forwards.
Bi-Monthly Convenors Meetings
The Bi-Monthly convenors meetings are taking place on the following dates at both 2pm and 7:30pm
- Thursday 17th March 2022
- Wednesday 18th May 2022
- Wednesday 6th July 2022
- Thursday 15th September 2022
- Tuesday 15th November 2022
The York MOSAIC Conference is coming up very soon on Saturday 26th February 2022 between 10am and 12pm on Zoom. Anyone is welcome to join us for a morning of talks and discussions around Diversity and Inclusivity in the church, with talks on Disability, Race & Ethnicity, and Living in Love & Faith. To find out more, and to book, please visit https://york-mosaic-conference.eventbrite.co.uk.
The latest Inclusive Church Newsletter has been published and can be found here. Information includes the details of their AGM & Annual Lecture and an update on the General Synod Elections.
The Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England and MOSAIC are delighted to announce a new working partnership. This new partnership will strengthen the movement for wider inclusion within the Church of England as it brings together progressive and inclusive organisations working on a wide range of issues into a single space where we can encourage and support each other in the task that lies ahead.
You can download the full statement here.
OneBodyOneFaith have been working to find a way to support members who are seeking to engage safely with the Living in Love and Faith material, following their recent membership survey. To that end, OneBodyOneFaith will be working alongside MOSAIC to signpost safer groups at a diocesan and local parish level.
As an ecumenical organisation, OneBodyOneFaith seeks to partner with likeminded groups who work with specific denominations or traditions. MOSAIC is well placed via our network of local convenors to connect with individuals and churches at a grassroots level who are engaging positively with Living in Love and Faith.
To connect with your local MOSAIC convenor, you can find the full list here.
OneBodyOneFaith remain mindful that, for many, Living in Love and Faith is a process that cannot be engaged with, and they hope that this partnership provides space for each of their members to engage at the level which is appropriate for them.
It was great to have some key figures at the MOSAIC National Conference on Saturday 26th June 2021 and you can download the text of some of the speeches made by these key figures below.
The speech that seemed to grip the headlines of the national press was the one presented by the Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt Revd Paul Bayes who said that the Church of England should recognise same-sex weddings and be a place of inclusion and where local leaders can make decisions on whether to marry, or bless the marriage of same-sex couples. The full text of his speech can be downloaded here and the article written for The Guardian newspaper can be found here.
The Revd Rachel Wilson talked about an inclusive church, what it looks, smells & feels like and asked how a truly inclusive church might look. The full text of her speech can be downloaded here and we are sure it will challenge both church leaders and those in church congregations on how they include people from all walks of life.
Dean Govender used an analogy based on cheese to challenge the Conference about which direction they were heading in and how they would ensure that church remained relevant today. The full text of his speech can be downloaded here.
MOSAIC continues to campaign for a fully inclusive church where all can find dignity and fullness of life.
The latest Inclusive Church Newsletter has been sent out and can be read by clicking here.
This months newsletter includes details of their AGM, amongst other things and is well worth a read.
It’s not too late to book for our first National MOSAIC Conference – this Saturday 26th June 10am until 12pm.
The title of the talk from each of our key note speakers are:
- Rev’d Paul Bayes Bishop of Liverpool : “Sex on the brain…”
- Rev’d Rogers Govender Dean of Manchester: “Who Moved My Cheese?”
- Rev’d Rachel Wilson, Disability Adviser to Rochester Diocese: “Are you sure it’s meant to look like that?”
The Conference is free and booking details are available on eventbrite.