The Launch of Capital Mass
Over 200 people came together in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate the launch of Capital Mass, a joint venture between the Church Urban Fund and the Diocese of London.
Organised in partnership with St Paul’s Institute, the launch created a dynamic market place of charities and social initiatives. More than 20 organisations were represented through speakers, stalls and installations, with dozens more present as guests, highlighting the broad range of work helping to mitigate poverty and inequality throughout London.
The Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Very Revd Dr David Ison, applauded the depth of action and experience emerging from those attending the event. He congratulated all present: “Whether you are working in a parish, a donor, working in a charity, looking for volunteer opportunities or already working with people who need you, each of you are here because you have heard a call to a higher purpose. Whatever your vocation, you are helping to build God’s kingdom.”_
The Bishop of London, the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres, highlighted the connection with Capital Vision 2020 and in particular its focus on bringing people in the Church together to be“Confident, Compassionate and Creative.” At the end of the night Bishop Richard commented that the launch had been;
“A great success. Crypts are usually associated with the dead. Capital Mass filled the Crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral with life and compassionate vitality.”
The stage was handed over to the Chair of Capital Mass, the Bishop of Stepney, the Rt Revd Adrian Newman, who alongside Paul Hackwood, the Executive Chair of Church Urban Fund noted the high-level of positive work on poverty throughout the Diocese, reminding all that there was still much to be done for ‘The welfare of London’ Bishop Adrian stated that;
“Capital Mass is building on some excellent work already happening across the Diocese of London, as churches respond to growing inequality in the Capital with acts of mercy and justice.
We’re trying to make important connections between the need and opportunity that exists in London, sharing good practice, supporting leaders, communicating hope, and inspiring action. The church already contributes significantly to tackling poverty and inequality in this great city; we want to magnify and amplify the impact we can make.”
Executive Director of Capital Mass Andy Burns commented:
“What I enjoyed about the launch of Capital Mass was the spirit of celebration and connection. The atmosphere, richly celebrating the church in action combined with a desire to connect with key parishes and partners as together we seek the welfare of London.”
The launch owes it’s success to the fantastic poverty tackling organisations who contributed via the speakers corner or market place. It was a joy to be able to connect parishes to the rich talent in London who are committed to equipping local churches to engage.