Inspirational speakers to tell their stories at festival of HOPE

The churches together in Walton and Alsop School are planning to host a festival of HOPE in January 2016. Working ecumenically together they plan to tell stories of hope to the community.

A number of speakers will share their stories of hope throughout the event which will be launched by Bishop Paul on Thursday Jan 7th 2016 at Alsop School. The following inspirational speakers will be visiting the Walton community:
  • Steve Rotheram - MP for Liverpool, Walton
  • Gee Walker, Anthony Walker Foundation
  • Zigi Shipper, Holocaust Educational Trust
  • Lord Mike Storey – Former Leader of Liverpool City Council
  • Margaret Aspinall, Hillsborough Family Support Group
  • Hon. Jenny Sinclair, Together for the Common Good
  • Colin Parry - Warrington Peace Centre
  • Jane Kennedy - Crime Commissioner
  • Jon Murphy - Chief Constable Merseyside Police
  • Alastair Machray - Editor, Liverpool Echo
  • Bishop Tom Williams
  • Canon Christopher Smith
  • Professor Hilary Russell
  • Councillor Roz Gladden – Deputy Mayor of Liverpool
  • Dr Claire Barkley – General Medical Council

The speakers bring stories of hope in the face of many obstacles and social injustice. They come to speak about their experiences of holocaust, their struggles to challenge political, racial, social and judicial injustice, and their hope for peace and mutual flourishing – all with the purpose of sharing stories of hope and the coming together for the common good.

Rev Canon Dr Ellen Loudon said “This is a grass roots community festival and as such is something others can replicate in the places where their live. We pray that other churches, schools and community groups will be inspired to create their own festival of HOPE and see this sharing of ideas, hopes and dreams as a way of drawing key community members together & inviting speakers to share their stories in other places around the diocese.”

Open community events throughout the festival

Friday Jan 8 – Cabaret Social evening at St Aidan’s Cherry Lane starting at 8pm
Sunday Jan 10 – Marian McQueen will be speaking about the work of the Ann Frank Trust at St Columba, Anfield at 10.30am – for the rest of that week the Ann Frank Trust exhibition will be on display in St Columba’s.
Monday Jan 18 - Oddments Theatre Company will be performing their play Amazing Grace (http://www.oddments-theatre.co.uk) at St Luke’s Goodison Road and then a series of workshops, exhibitions and events will continue at St Luke’s all week.
Monday Jan 25 – Professor Hilary Russell will be launching her book A Faithful Presence (http://togetherforthecommongood.co.uk/resources/a-faithful-presence.html) and Jenny Sinclair will be speaking about the work of Together for the Common Good (http://togetherforthecommongood.co.uk/) at St Luke’s Goodison Road at 7pm
Friday Jan 29 – Pastorale choral group will be giving a concert at St Aidan’s Cherry Lane at 8pm
Friday Jan 29 – Sunday Jan 31 – HOPE and PRAY: Prayer weekend at St Luke’s, Goodison Road – prayer stations, prayer marathon, family celebration disco, worship events etc all weekend culminating in a celebration event at 2pm on Sunday 31.  
Saturday Jan 30 – CJM Ministries Concert St Luke’s, Goodison Road at 7pm – Tickets for this exciting concert: Click here