2019 Programme

National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2019

Building unity in a world of difference

The 2019 National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast took place on Tuesday 2nd July, with the main Prayer Breakfast programme starting at 7.30am and finishing at 9.00am. There was then a full programme of seminars, which took place between 9.15am and 10.15am, as well as the option of going on a tour of the Palace of Westminster. The chair of the breakfast this year was Baroness Sherlock. Our main speaker this year was The Bishop of London, The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, who addressed the theme of ‘Building unity in a world of difference’.

Please find an outline of the full programme below:

Tuesday 2nd July

6.30am – Doors open

7.30am – Main Prayer Breakfast programme begins in Westminster Hall

9.00am – End of main Prayer Breakfast programme

9.15am – Seminars and tour:

Transforming conflict through reconciliation – Christian Solidarity Worldwide

In parts of northern Nigeria, religious sectarianism has divided society, giving rise to deep distrust and occasional violence. Reconciliation involves formulating a way to co-exist and to share their society. Reconciliation is not easy; but is the ministry that Christ has entrusted to his followers.

Using scripture and a concrete case study from northern Nigeria, the seminar will illustrate how reconciliation can bring about conflict transformation, even in a seemingly intractable situation.

Led by Revd Yunusa Sabo Nmadu, General Secretary of The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) and CEO of CSW Nigeria.

The darkest crimes: the role of church, state and global justice systems in stopping online sexual exploitation of children – International Justice Mission

Online sexual exploitation of children – or ‘cybersex trafficking’ – involves the live streaming of sexual abuse directed by and paid for by paedophiles in the UK and around the world. It is one of the darkest and most complex crimes of our time. So what can the church, state and each of us do to stop it?

IJM UK draws together a panel of cross-sector experts and will present their theory of change that’s helping to put this deeply disturbing kind of slavery out of business.

Introductory remarks by the Rt Hon Maria Miller MP and panel discussion hosted by Annie Kelly, Editor of The Guardian’s Modern-day Slavery in Focus series, and featuring: David Westlake, CEO of IJM UK; Christian Papaleontiou, Deputy Director for Home Office Tackling Exploitation and Abuse Unit; Jenny Armitage, National Crime Agency Deputy Director, Threat Leadership; and Bishop Alistair Redfern, Chair of The Clewar Initiative.

Speaking truth to power – Christian Aid

How can leaders use their power, politics and prophetic voice to hold our elected representatives to account in order to reverse the increasing trends on hunger, poverty and the working poor in our local and global communities?

This seminar will help leaders to better understand the trends and impact of poverty and inequality, locally and globally, and explore the role they can play in bringing about transformational change.

Bible-based trauma healing – Bible Society

We’re facing an unprecedented crisis in our communities. 2017/18 saw the highest figures of knife-related homicides since 1946, with 31 out of 42 police forces in England and Wales recording an increase.

The Trauma Healing programme offers a Bible-based approach for churches, faith groups, community organisations, and prison chaplains to begin addressing the trauma experienced by individuals, communities and churches. As the wounds are healed inside, the world changes outside.

Come and explore how Bible-based trauma healing is bringing hope and reconciliation to individuals, families and communities.

Chaired by Elizabeth Oldfield, Director of Theos, this panel discussion includes Pastor Nims Obunge, Pastor of Freedoms Ark and CEO of the Peace Alliance, Revd Dr Helen Paynter, Director of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence at Bristol Baptist College, and Chris Auckland, Bible Society’s lead on Trauma Healing.

Being a peacemaker in a digital age – Premier 

The online space can seem a polarised and angry place. Does social media cause these divisions or merely bring them into focus? Does the volume of the ‘digital mob’ distort our perception of reality? Can the schism between Brexiteer and Remainer, Believer and Atheist etc. be overcome? Together we’ll explore these questions and more, considering whether Christian belief can and should influence our ability to bring peace and reconciliation in the digital world.

Led by Kevin Bennett, Chief Operating Officer of Premier and organiser of the annual Premier Digital Conference.

Embracing the other: the struggle for reconciliation – Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics 

Join Dr Amy Orr-Ewing and Dr Kosta Milkov as they consider reconciliation, what it should truly look like and what apologetic we can helpfully use with those in our sphere of influence. Kosta Milkov, Director of the Balkan Institute for Faith and Culture, will reflect both on early Christian and contemporary thinkers to cause us to consider our response to the struggles we all face in times of conflict. The talk will be corroborated by examples from Kosta’s engagement in reconciliation work during the wars in former Yugoslavia and various refugee crises and conflicts in the Balkans.

A tour of the Palace of Westminster – led by a Parliamentary Guide

Additional events

Evensong and Tour of Westminster Abbey: 5.00pm, Monday 1st July

For those who are arriving in London the night before, we are delighted to offer the opportunity to attend Evensong at Westminster Abbey, followed by a tour.

“LET THE LION LOOSE!” Releasing the power of the Bible in Mission: 11.00am-1.00pm, Tuesday 2nd July (Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street, SW1P 3DW)

“Scripture is like a lion. Who ever heard of defending a lion? Just turn it loose; it will defend itself.”  Charles Spurgeon (1834-92)

A Bible Society event to inspire and equip church leaders for Bible mission in our cultural context. The programme will include:

  • What is the word on the street? Insights from an extensive new piece of research about perceptions of the Bible
  • TED style Talk by Dr Andrew Ollerton (author of The Bible Course): The Bible & Mission in our cultural moment
  • Full lunch provided and a chance to discuss and learn together