Josephine Butler awards presented at Women, Peace and the Church conference

Two Josephine Butler awards were presented at last Saturday's 'Women, Peace and the Church' conference. a joint initiative between the Desmond Tutu Centre at Hope University, Churches Together in the Merseyside Region’s Cologne Link Group and the Josephine Butler Memorial Trust.

Ultan Russell describes the events. “The weekend of Saturday 24 saw a delegation of ten friends from Koln visiting us. Coordinated by the ecumenical Liverpool link Group they included the Dean Of Koln Cathedral.

Saturday 24 was a Conference on “Women, Peace and the Church a joint initiative between the Desmond Tutu Centre at Hope University, Churches Together in the Merseyside Region’s Cologne Link Group and the Josephine Butler Memorial Trust.

The day began with a short session and welcomes including one from the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Christine Banks who made two Josephine Butler Awards the first was to “Global Hope” which is the international volunteering arm of Hope University jointly managed by staff and students. The second called “The Josephine Butler Women Of the Year” was presented to Canon Val Jackson, Cathedral archivist, Secretary to the Koln Group and outgoing Vice President Of the Mothers Union.
The morning was devoted to a drama on the theme followed by sharing and questions and the afternoon to group work.

The invited audience included Dean Sue Jones, Dean Tony O’Brien, The Archbishop Of Liverpool and the Moderator Of the United Reformed Church and representatives of the Mothers Union.

On Sunday afternoon at the Metropolitan Cathedral, there was a service of Evening Prayer for Peace at which all the Choirs from both Cathedrals sang. This was attended by the Merseyside Church Leaders including Bishop Paul, Bishop Bev and Dean Sue.”