2020 Conference: Beyond Blame: Accountability Now?

Bookings are now open for this year’s annual conference on Tuesday 1st December, run in association with the Susanna Wesley Foundation, which is now online. We think that small teams of colleagues who attend together will find this particularly helpful.


There is understandable scepticism that the social and political structures that affect everyday life can be held to account. It is not difficult to find poor performance that hasn’t been challenged, systemic problems that are repeatedly investigated without real change and public policy that lets down those most in need.

This day conference will look head on at the challenges of accountability whilst opening up our own work to the same questions. Three people in positions of being held to account and holding others to account will be asked to open up about the challenges they face:

Christine Allen
Director of CAFOD
Vic Rayner
Executive Director of the National Care Forum
Marvin Rees
Mayor of Bristol

Alongside this Dr Helen Cameron (Practical theologian and Research Associate, Centre for Baptist Studies, Regent’s Park College, Oxford) will summarise some of the current academic thinking about accountability and relate it to themes in Christian theology.

Rev Mike Long, Notting Hill Methodist Church, London, will offer a closing reflection linking the day’s presentations to his experience of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Key issues will be drawn from this and participants given an opportunity in small groups to reflect upon them. Colleagues wishing to attend and reflect together will be welcome.

This conference is for everyone involved in organisational life and leadership – both those within churches and faith organisations, as well as those within secular organisations.

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