Communities Together Durham invite you to join them for one of their ‘Finding Radical Hope in an Election Year‘ events on Monday 18 March 2024.

Last week’s Joseph Rowntree Foundation report UK Poverty 2024 found that 25% of people in the North East are living in poverty. We have a housing crisis and asylum seekers and refugees are struggling in the region.

It can all feel hopeless at times. We need to discover radical hope in this year of both Mayoral and General Election.

For Chris Baker from the William Temple Foundation radical hope is the ‘forward-facing political and policy agenda that reaches out across difference and generates a sense of joyful expectation that things can and will be different’.

Please join us to explore why ‘challenging unjust systems’ is so important to our ministry here in the North East and to suggest practical ways we can do this together in this year of elections.

According to St Augustine of Hippo: “Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.”

Things cannot remain as they are. These events will provide the courage to act.


Option 1: Monday 18 March, 10.00am – 11.30am at Cuthbert House (Stonebridge, Durham DH1 3RY) with Rt Rev’d Sarah Clark, Bishop of Jarrow. Register here.

Option 2: Monday 18 March, 2.00pm – 3.30pm at Newcastle Cathedral (St Nicholas Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1PF) with Rt Rev’d Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Newcastle and Very Rev’d Lee Batson, Dean of Newcastle. Register here.

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  • Date of Event 18 March 2024
  • Cost Free
  • Location

    Event 1: Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham DH1 3RY (10.00 - 11.30am).
    Event 2: Newcastle Cathedral, St Nicholas Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1PF (2.00 - 3.30pm).