Developing the transformation strategy involved open conversations throughout the diocese.
Feedback from the engagement process was gathered, read, analysed and considered. This then fed directly into the development of a strategy that reflects the diversity of people and views across the Diocese of Bristol.
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The conversation lasted from February–April 2021, and involved an online questionnaire and over a hundred workshops.
It was important for us to listen to people the church doesn't usually hear from, so there were focused workshops for people living with disability, those of Global Majority Heritage, people from the LGBTQI+ community, those with caring responsibilities, and for young people and students.
Contributors told us their thoughts about God and the Church of England, and how the Diocese of Bristol could better relate to communities, society and the world.
We would like to thank the organisations outside of the church who helped us reach particular groups for our focused workshops. These workshops took place alongside open workshops for all, and attendees included city leaders, non-Christians, clergy and church-goers.