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The Church and the media - informal consultation

At a Consultation held at St George's House, Windsor, on 6th - 7th November, the invited participants considered issues affecting both the Church and the Media at the beginning of the 21st Century. In the context of huge technological changes looming in the world of the media and comparable sociological and cultural issues affecting the Church, key media and Church people explored and responded to these changing environments and perceptions of each other.

The media practitioners challenged the Church of England to fulfil its role as the nation's church by providing the media with clear, concise and coherent messages on key issues affecting the life of the nation.

The Church challenged the media to be willing to engage with the Church on key issues and build relationships of mutual trust. Both acknowledged the need to be prepared to take risks with each other and together.

Both the Church and the media admitted that the relationship works best at local and regional levels and will need increased attention and energy at the national level.

The Consultation was convened by the Archbishop of York, Dr David Hope, and was organised by Christina Rees, a member of the Archbishops' Council. She said the consultation had been productive; "We had an exciting and valuable time and I hope that the relationships and processes begun at Windsor will strengthen and enhance the Church of England's contribution to the public discourse."