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Everything you need to know about Known By Name

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Headline Speakers!


Rev Kate Harford

Rev. Kate Harford 

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. 

Kate is joining us for the whole weekend and will be leading our Saturday morning session.


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. 



Bible Study Leader


Rev. Naomi Nixon

SCM's brand new CEO will be exploring the story of Ruth with us, bring you Bible Apps and get ready to delve into the Old Testament.


Workshop Leaders and Panel Members


Aimee Nott

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. 

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.


Marc Pearson

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.

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. 


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



Practical Information


We are at the Pioneer Centre. You will be sharing bedrooms in the accommodation blocks which is made up of single and bunk-bedded rooms. The building is wheelchair accessible and there are multiple wheelchair accessible bedrooms with ensuites.

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


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


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

More speakers and programme details will be announced in the run up to the event. Make sure you follow us on social media to keep up to date!

If you have a suggestion for someone you'd love to hear the opinion of in a workshop, be on our vocation panel, or you yourself have something to say on identity you can click here to email Rach and let her know. It is also Rach you want to speak to if you have any questions

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