Forgotten People, Forgotten Places: Being church on the margins

FRIDAY 26 – SUNDAY 28 JULY 2019, HAYES CONFERENCE CENTRE, DERBYSHIRE: Church Action on Poverty is proud to be a partner in the 41st annual conference of the National Justice and Peace Network.

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Forgotten People Forgotten Places logoPope Francis calls us to be “a Church which is poor and for the poor”. To be with those on the margins as equal partners, enabling them to find their own solutions to the issues they face. Join us in 2019 to explore mission, theological reflection and social action with people who have been pushed to the margins of society by poverty. How can we build churches that...

  • are interested in building the kingdom, not growing the church?
  • listen to voices from the margins?
  • expect to be challenged and changed by our neighbours?
  • put an emphasis on sharing food and hospitality?
  • are hungry and thirsty for justice?


  • Revd Deirdre Brower Latz has worked as a pastor in urban/marginalised communities in Bristol and Manchester, and  lectures at the Nazarene Theological College in Manchester.
  • Professor Anthony Reddie is the leading scholar in the practice of Black theology in grassroots communities of faithful practice.
  • We will also hear inspiring and challenging stories from churches and groups that are living out the vision of a ‘church of the poor’ – being church on the margins of our society. (Speakers and chair for this session to be confirmed soon.)

Children and young people

Children and young people are a vital part of the NJPN conference. There will be a crèche for children under 5 and a programme of activities for 5–11-year-olds. 12–18-year-olds will explore the conference theme in an active and thought-provoking weekend.

NJPN is committed to the protection of children, young people and vulnerable people. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to attend conference.Our rates for children and people on low incomes are subsidised. We count on the generous donations of those who can afford a little extra to make that possible.


There will be workshops from a range of organisations and speakers, all looking creatively at how our churches can be more open to people on the margins.


A coach service is provided between the conference centre and Derby railway station on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon for £7 each way.We will arrange car shares where possible.


Meals at NJPN conferences incorporate some LOAF principles (Locally sourced, Organically produced, Animal-friendly, Fairly traded). A meat option will be offered at the Saturday evening meal, but all other meals will be vegetarian.


Click here to download a booking form.

Click here to find out more about the National Justice & Peace Network.

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