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Headline Speakers


Rev. Kate Harford

What’s in a name? Constructing identity in Christ from our lived experience.

The Saturday morning session will be a mix of teaching, personal reflection, and Bible study. The stories of Christ’s encounters with people in the Gospels are often centred on their life experiences.

How can we encounter Christ in adversity, tell our stories with courage and authenticity, and answer the call that is uniquely ours?

Rev. Kate Harford is a priest of the Metropolitan Community Churches, and University Chaplain and Pastoral Care Lead at Oxford Brookes University. She studied archaeology, classics, and classical art at UCL and theology at the University of Oxford, and was ordained in November 2015. Kate has a particular interest in queer theology and lived experience of mental health issues. She lives with her wife and cat in Oxford, and enjoys knitting, playing the flute, officiating roller derby and disrupting cis-hetero-patriarchal systems.



Rev. John Bell

We’re thrilled to announce that John Bell will be preaching at our Sunday morning worship at Known By Name! John Bell, of Greenbelt and Iona fame, is a Resource Worker with the Iona   Community, and is well known for writing hymns that speak to the experiences of marginalised people – the young, unemployed, disenfranchised, the persecuted and poor. John is also a  former student activist, a Church of Scotland minister, a lecturer and member of the LGBTQIA+ community. You can hear some of his talks from Greenbelt here, including his public coming  out in 2017. 




Rev. Naomi Nixon

God’s Grace for the ‘Other’ - Identity in the Book of Ruth
We will use the book of Ruth and the context it comes from as a way of thinking about identity. Who were Ruth, Naomi and Boaz? and who are they to you? Bring your Bible (or Bible App!) and get ready to delve into the Old Testament together. 
Naomi is a priest in the church of England, a pioneer minister, teacher and mediator - and now the CEO of SCM. Her first degree was in Law and History but God got hold of her for ministry and she went on to do a Masters in Theology and a research degree in Feminist Biblical studies. She splits her time off between sewing clerical wear to raise money for her pioneer church, doing a PhD about chaplaincy in Further Education and sleeping in front of the TV.



Workshop Leaders


Aimee Nott

How can you fulfil your potential in the 21st century?

This session will explore the concept of fulfilling your potential – questioning what that means in your day to day life, and what that means in the lives of people living in some of the world’s poorest communities. There will also be the chance to hear more about All We Can’s work.

Aimee Nott is All We Can’s Communications and PR Manager. Having worked in the charity sector since graduating university, Aimee is excited about the impact communities can have on driving genuine change and transformation. She lives in Reading, and is an avid lover of houseplants and cats. 



Marc Pearson

Life is Full of choices - Victims of Modern Slavery.

Learning facts about how the deception of traffickers leads into life choices for many people across the world into a life of abuse, trauma and slavery. Modern slavery sits in an exploitative culture in which poverty, inequality, oppression, and fear all play their part. Christians have a key role in speaking out against it. 

Marc is the Community Engagement Co-Ordinator at Medaille Trust since April 2019. His role encompasses co-ordinating Anti-Slavery Envoys to engage with groups across UK and leading on the ‘Look Up’ partnership with Archdiocese of Birmingham. He communicate with parishes and groups across UK to raise awareness of modern slavery and our support work across supported safe houses.




Emma Temple

Crafting our stories

Our identity is shaped not by some determining inner essence, or by the way we are viewed by others, but by the stories we tell about our past, present and future. We will be creatively reflecting on where we’ve been, how our life looks now, and where we’d like to go next.

Emma is the Faith in Action Project worker for SCM. She has a masters degree in philosophy, and loves crafts of all varieties!




Panel Members



Archuna Ananthamohan

Archuna Ananthamohan is the founding director of ItMatters UK, a national non-profit of young people that uses the Arts and digital media to address mental health. Faith has played a pivotal role in Archuna’s life, medical interests and activism. His poetry and writing explore faith, justice and life itself. He will be on the Panel Discussion on Vocation and Discipleship.





Yordanos Gebremichael

Yordanos is in her final year of Studies in Primary Education at Newman University. She has been a member of Newman Christian Union since last year and is a chair this year. She joins us at Known By Name to Chair the Panel Discussion on Vocation and Discipleship





Joseph Barnes

Joseph is currently on a Ministerial Experience Scheme. His time is shared between St Johns, Hatfield and the University of Hertfordshire Chaplaincy. Joseph is discerning vocation in the CofE with their Panel date in April! He is enjoying planting a new worshipping community and a project in the chaplaincy to pastorally minister to LGBT+ people of faith.




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Practical Information


We are at the Pioneer Centre in Cleobury Mortimer. You will be sharing bedrooms in the accommodation blocks which are made up of single and bunk-bedded rooms. The building is wheelchair accessible and there are multiple wheelchair accessible bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Bedding is provided but you will need to bring your own towel and toiletries. 

We will be creating a chapel / quiet space in one of the lounge spaces.

You can check out the venue map. We will be using the Mackenzie Room for the main sessions, staying in the Alberta and Baffin Lodges and on Saturday afternoon will have access to Thunder Bay for one of the workshops. 


The venue are providing all the food so please do make sure you tell us on your form if you have any dietary needs. The event is during lent, so please let us know as soon as possible if you will be changing your eating habits for that time. 


The local train station is Kidderminster or Ludlow. Nearer to the time we will ask for your specific arrival times if you are coming by train and try to help with organising the sharing of taxis. If you are driving there are plenty of parking spaces available. Do try to car share if possible!

It will take:

  • between 1 and 2 hours from Birmingham, Keele, Oxford and Cardiff.
  • between 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 hours from Salford, Southampton, London, Lancaster, Exeter and Leeds. 
  • Over 4 hours from Durham, Glasgow and Cornwall. 

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