2019 Programme

National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2019

Building unity in a world of difference

The 2019 National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast will take place on Tuesday 2nd July, with the main Prayer Breakfast programme starting at 7.30am and finishing at 9.00am. There will then be a full programme of seminars, which will take 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 is Baroness Sherlock. Our main speaker this year is The Bishop of London, The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, who be addressing 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.

Speaker: 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.

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

Violent crime is on the increase, devastating the lives of all involved. Come and explore how Bible-based trauma healing is bringing hope and reconciliation to individuals, families and communities. 

Being a peacemaker in a digital age – Premier 

The online space can often seem a polarised and angry place. How does Christian belief influence our ability to bring peace and reconciliation in the digital world?

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 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

“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