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Bishop gives blessing to REACH Ely project

The Bishop of Ely, the Right Reverend Stephen Conway gave his blessing to the REACH Ely project.

The Rt Revd Stephen Conway meets REACH Ely Research Associate Dr Timur Alexandrov
The Rt Revd Stephen Conway meets REACH Ely Research Associate Dr Timur Alexandrov

The Cambridge project team was kindly invited to take part at the quarterly meeting with the Bishop of Ely, the Right Reverend Stephen Conway, and the senior staff of the Diocese of Ely on 23 November 2018. The newly launched REACH Ely website and latest updates on data collection were presented to the attendees.

At the meeting, Bishop Stephen noted, “REACH Ely is the most important outcome of Lever Four of the Ely 2025 diocesan strategy – Re-imagine our buildings. Through this project we will learn more about how re-imagining what our church buildings could become, can truly make them tools for mission. We are very pleased to be working once again with the Cambridge Judge Business School, following their pivotal role in the research that inspired Ely 2025″

The Bishop, archdeacons and the project team also had an opportunity to discuss further activities and strategic plans for the first year in project implementation.

Bishop Stephen is actively concerned with community development, seeking close links with other community leaders. He takes a seat as one of the 26 Lords Spiritual in the House of Lords. Since the autumn of 2014 Bishop Stephen has been the Church of England’s lead bishop for education in the House of Lords.

The Bishop of Ely, by ancient tradition, is the Visitor of three Cambridge Colleges: Jesus, Peterhouse and St John’s. He takes a keen interest in both the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University. He is the Chair of the Council at Westcott House, one of the Anglican theological colleges within the Cambridge Federation.