Diocese of Portsmouth

Making a point at the Diocesan Conference in 2015

Diocesan conference 2018

Every few years, our clergy and lay leaders get together for a few days. This residential conference gives us a chance to recharge our batteries, renew our vision, pray and socialise together, and hear from inspiring external speakers. In 2018, our Diocesan Conference was held at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hertfordshire, from September 24th to 26th. Among the speakers were the former Bishop of Liverpool, Bishop James Jones, and environmentalist and theologian Ruth Valerio.

The programme for the conference looked like this:

Monday 24th September

  • 12:15 pm: Opening Eucharist followed by lunch
  • 2 pm: Address: Sir David Normington, former First Civil Service Commissioner
  • 3:30 pm: Rooms available
  • 4:15 pm: Tea, reflection and refreshment space
  • 5:30 pm: Evening Prayer, followed by dinner
  • 8 pm: Address by Canon Professor Loveday Alexander, theologian
  • 9:15 pm: Night Prayer

Tuesday 25th September

  • 7:45 am: Morning Prayer followed by breakfast
  • 9:30 am: Address by Bishop James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool and chair of Gosport Independent Panel
  • 12:30 pm: Eucharist (said) with Bishop Christopher
  • 1:15 pm: Lunch
  • 2 pm to 5 pm: Workshops or reflection space
  • 5:30 pm: Evening Prayer followed by dinner
  • 9:15 pm: Night Prayer

Wednesday 26th September

  • 7:45 am: Morning Prayer followed by breakfast
  • 9:30 am: Address by Ruth Valerio, Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund
  • 11 am: Sending Eucharist with Bishop Christopher
  • 12:30 pm: Closing remarks from Bishop Christopher followed by lunch
  • 2 pm: Coach departure

See here for photos of our previous Diocesan Conference in 2015.