Past and Present: Pastoral care across space and time

Join the United Society Partners in the Gospel, and Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge, for an online Bray Day featuring Bishop Rowan Williams and academics from the School of English.

How is pastoral and spiritual care given remotely, at a distance? It’s a question that has been asked before. Indeed, it lies at the heart of the United Society Partners in the Gospel (UPSG) and what it means to be a global mission agency.

This Bray Day, access a fascinating digital archive with the UPSG: a freely available online exhibition of sources and letters from the time of the Society’s foundation. This is the result of work undertaken over the last year by USPG in collaboration with scholars at the University of Leeds, exploring themes of pastoral care in USPG’s archive.

This work focuses on letters exchanged between missionaries in North America and the Caribbean and the Society’s headquarters in London. It sheds an extraordinary light on the concerns and issues of pastoral caregiving in the early work of USPG. Pastoral caregiving remains a critical part of the global work of USPG particularly in the context of Covid 19. This evening will provide a rich exploration of the connections between the past and the present.


Bishop Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury
Dr Jo Sadgrove, United Society Partners in the Gospel
Dr Alison Searle, School of English
Dr Emily Vine, School of English

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