Commission for Social Responsibility
Currently the Diocese of Worcester focuses its engagement with social, community, economic and rural affairs through a Commission for Social Responsibility (CSR).
It is therefore particularly concerned to work with the seventh of the diocese's Kingdom People characteristics: "ready to engage with and serve our community".
The CSR is presently focussing its attention on working to support parishes and communities which score highly on many indices of deprivation and poverty. It seeks to keep a watching brief on a much wider range of issues, including criminal justice and health and well-being.
Mission in the Economy
The lead officers from three specialist ecumenical teams are also part of the CSR. They represent ways in which the Diocese engages in the economic life of Worcestershire and the Black Country, and also in the care of people in their working lives. These teams are:
- Faith at Work in Worcestershire (FWW)
- The Black Country Urban Industrial Mission (BCUIM)
- The Committee for Agricultural and Rural Life (CARL)
The work of community engagement at the parish and deanery level is key to the life of the Diocese as well as of the local community. CSR is always pleased to hear of local projects.
Members are mainly elected as representatives from each deanery. Some are co-opted because of their expertise or experience. The Chair is The Revd Richard Clark, Rector in the Holy Trinity, Redditch team.