Wednesday, June 13, 2007

From Concept to Reality: The Big Hope

'The leaders and Influencers of today inspiring the potential leaders of tomorrow'


The Big Hope is coming. . . June 2008

As you are probably aware next year, 2008, Liverpool, England celebrates its elected role as European Capital of Culture. Liverpool Hope's contribution to the city’s 2008 celebrations will be the Big Hope World Youth Congress, an event which also represents Hope’s contribution to the European Parliament’s Year of Inter-cultural Dialogue.

The Congress will be attended by over a thousand young people of both Christian and other faiths who are likely to become leaders and influencers in the world over the next 25 years. Under the patronage of Baroness Caroline Cox, Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University, the Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool and the Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, co-Presidents of Liverpool Hope University, delegates will be invited from every continent of the world. The congress will last for one week and take place between the 4th and the 11th June, 2008.

Confirmed attendees and contributors to the Congress include:

* Lord David Alton of Liverpool
* Sushobha Barve of the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation in New Delhi
* Professor the Baroness Ilora Findlay of Llandaff
* Stephen Green, Group Chairman of the HSBC
* John Gummer MP
* Tommy Hutchinson, i-genius, Social Entrepreneur
* Patrick Kelly, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool
* Andrew Lancel, Television Actor, 'The Bill'
* Bishop Pius Ncube, Archbishop of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
* Cormac Murphy O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster
* Bryan Sanderson, former MD BP and Chairman Standard Chartered Bank
* John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, ,
* Pastor James Uwuye and Imam Ashafa Muhammad of the Inter-Faith Mediation Centre in Kaduna, Nigeria
* Ramez Salame of Beirut

…And many others both confirmed and provisional. For an up-to-date listing and bio's see the website).

The principal objective of the Congress is to bring together global leaders of the future to consider:

the inter-connection of personal integrity and public life;
how we may develop a humane global society and;
the individual as the agent of social change.

The Congress will embrace the themes of:

Global co-existence: International Development, Politics, Law & Human Rights & Reconciliation
Culture: Arts, Music and Sport
The Environment and Sustainable Development

The university are now calling for contributions to the World Youth Congress in a variety of ways: This could be via some form of sponsorship either of the event itself, of perhaps of a delegate or group of delegates, perhaps you would consider becoming a Strand Leader (see detailed description on the website), or perhaps in some other way. You tell us. .? We will be so happy to hear from you.

Naturally, we are aware of the difficulties of busy diaries and schedules and the university would do everything possible to fit around what is more convenient for you. The level of your support should you wish to become involved can all be discussed further and we look forward to hearing from you and hope that you are able to help us. On the Big Hope website you can find full contact details. Alternatively alumni of Hope or any of it's former colleges are welcome to contact the University via the Graduate Association: Tel: 0151 291 3219 or eMail to:

We look forward to hearing from you. . .


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