Coming Home, one year on – book now

Published: Friday May 13, 2022

An image of buildings on a blue grey background, with a churchArchbishop Justin Welby and Alan Smith, First Estates Commissioner will be joining a panel, hosted by the Diocese of Gloucester, on Tuesday 17 May to reflect on how the Church has been tackling the housing crisis.

Please note: this event has now run, and the full Zoom recording is now available on the right, under ‘Latest videos’.

One year on from the release of the Archbishops’ Commission on Housing, Church and Community’s bold new vision for housing and community – Coming Home, we are bringing together a panel of experts to share what’s happening on the ground and answer your questions.

This event is part of the Diocese of Gloucester’s Responding to Growth Network of planners, developers, church leaders and those involved in the construction industry. We meet three times a year on Zoom to discuss the latest policies and research in new housing and to apply that knowledge in their work.

On 17 May, our panel is

  • The Most Revd Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • The Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehquani, the Church of England’s Bishop for Housing and Bishop of Chelmsford.
  • Alan Smith, First Estates Commissioner, Chair of the Church Commissioners’ Assets Committee, a statutory committee responsible for the strategic management of the Church Commissioners’ £9.2 billion investment portfolio.
  • Benjamin Preece Smith, Gloucester Diocesan Secretary and Leader of the Archbishops’ Housing Initiative Executive Team
  • The Revd Ed Sauven, Pioneer Minister in the Stroud Deanery, Diocese of Gloucester.

6pm Bishop Robert (Chair): Welcome and introduction. 6.05pm Bishop Guli: Key developments over the past year - and where we're heading. 6.20pm Benjamin Preece Smith: How we're addressing the housing crisis in the Diocese of Gloucester. 6.35pm Ed Sauven: Why housing and community are integral to the Church's mission and service. 6.45pm Breakout rooms. 7.05pm Questions and issues from the breakout rooms to the panel of speakers. 7.30pm Summary and closing prayer. 7.40pm Close.

To book your place please register here –>

The Zoom link will be emailed out again on Monday for your convenience.

This session will be recorded and shared on our website here –> A link to the recording will be sent out after the event – please register to receive a link.

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