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Keep Rebuilding Bridges 
DateFriday, October 5, 2018
Time10am for 10.30 start to 5pm
PlaceChurch House, Westminster

George Bell (1883-1958) was considered one of the finest Bishops of the 20th century. His reputation has been almost irreparably damaged by a single allegation of sexual abuse. The Rebuilding Bridges conference seeks to find practical, specific ways to repair the damage caused by this one allegation, and to restore the good name and legacy of Bishop Bell. The money raised will be spent on hiring a suitable conference room at Church House Westminster, providing communication support for deaf and deafened attendees, as well as securing keynote speakers.

Keep Rebuilding Bridges

‘Keep Rebuilding Bridges’ Conference

Church House, Westminster, London, SW1P 3NZ

10.30 – 17.00 Friday October 5 2018

Keep Rebuilding Bridges is the follow-up to Rebuilding Bridges held last February. The Conference will take place on Bishop Bell Week to mark the 60th Anniversary of his death which fell on October 3.


10.30 – Chair: Sandra Saer


Opening Prayer

Apologies for Absence

Review of Feb 1 Resolutions

11.00 – Speaker: Bishop Dr Gavin Ashenden

11.30   Question & Answer

12.00 – Speakers: Vasantha Gnanadoss and Revd Peter Mullen

12.30 – Questions & Answer

13.00 – Lunch break

14.00 – Speaker: Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey of Clifton

14.30 – Question and Answer

15.00 – Speakers: Revd Canon Professor David Jasper and Revd Dr Jules Gomes

15.30 – Question and Answer

16.00 – Conclusion and Closing Address

17.00 – Closing Prayer


Feb 1 Resolutions

(1) Archbishop Justin Welby to apologise for his ‘significant cloud’ concerning Bishop Bell

(2) Bishop of Chichester, Martin Warner, to invite Barbara Whitley, Bishop Bell’s niece, for a face-to-face meeting. 
(She has already requested such a meeting.)

(3) Chichester Cathedral’s Dean and Chapter to restore the name of 4 Canon Lane  to George Bell House

(4) Chichester Cathedral’s Chancellor and Canon Librarian, the Rev’d Dr Anthony Cane, to permit the reinstatement of Bishop Bell’s portrait and plaque

(5) Chichester Cathedral’s Dean, the Very Rev’d Stephen Waine, to correct page 37 of the Cathedral Guide: Society and Faith

(6) The General Synod to undertake a Full Debate at the earliest opportunity, regarding the serious implications arising from Lord Carlile’s Report

Closing Prayer