CANCELLED – 2020 Vision: Communications in a Digital Age

275 Oxford Street, Regent Hall, W1C 2DJ

CANCELLED - CLIS Conference & AGM 2020

From 10:30 until 16:45

Salvation Army's Regent Hall

275 Oxford Street, Regent Hall, W1C 2DJ

£30 Full fee, £25 Unwaged Fee (See below for PayPal Payment)

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 Virus (Coronavirus) situation the CLIS Committee has reluctantly decided to CANCEL this event. We will investigate holding it later in the year or early next year.

Members of Christians in Library and Information Services will be holding their annual conference on  Saturday 25  April 2020  at the Salvation Army’s Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2DJ, from 10.30. a.m. – 4.45.p.m..   The Conference is entitled 2020 Vision: Communications in a Digital Age and the speakers will be the Rev.  Mark Woods (Editor, Bible Society) and Alexandra Davis (Director of Marketing and Communications, Pilgrims’ Friend Society).

            Mark Woods will be speaking on the subject Religious Media and the Digital Revolution.   He will argue that religious media have suffered the shocks of the digital revolution as well as every other form of journalism.  Some traditional outlets have gone to the wall, others limp on, others are in reasonable health, while new players are entering the market.  Mark will ask: How are the Church’s stories to be told in future, and by whom – and who will pay for it?

            Mark  is a Baptist minister who has worked in religious journalism for nearly two decades.  He has been editor of the Baptist Times, consulting editor of the Methodist Recorder, editor of the Christian Today on-line newspaper, and is currently an editor at the Bible Society.  He is the author of Does the Bible Really Say That? Challenging our assumptions in the light of Scripture (Lion).

            Alexandra Davis will be speaking on the subject Managing Social Media in the Digital Age.  She will consider how Christian communicators can navigate the advantages and the challenges of social media.  She will ask: what does it look like to be distinctively Christian in the ways that we use social media to tell our stories and gather support for our projects?  How can we think about the ways that we use data?

            Alexandra has been at the Pilgrims’ Friend Society as Director of Marketing and Communications since September 2019.  Previously she was part of the communications team at the Evangelical Alliance having worked for Release International in the supporter relations team. Alexandra  spent time with the Baptist Missionary Society in Kosovo and is  part of the leadership team at her church.

            The booking fee for the Conference, including lunch and refreshments, is £30.00 with a reduced rate of £25.00 for unwaged delegates. Non-members are welcome.   Cheques should be made payable to Christians in Library and Information Services and bookings sent to the Treasurer, Diana Guthrie, 5 Arden Mead, 4 Staveley Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 7LH.


This  year’s Annual General Meeting is to take place on Saturday 25 April 2020, from 11.20. a.m.,  as part of the annual conference proceedings at the Salvation Army’s Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2DJ.    Please let  The Secretary  have committee nominations and details of any motions for discussion at least four weeks before the date of the meeting.    An agenda for the meeting will be circulated to all members of CLIS, either by post or e-mail, not less than two weeks before the meeting date.

Nominations are invited for the following executive committee positions:  Secretary, Publications Editor, Membership Secretary, Recruitment Secretary, and Members Without Portfolio (two positions).  

Each nomination requires a proposer and seconder and the candidate also needs to confirm in writng that he or she is willing to serve in this role.   Some of our present committee members may be willing to stand for re-election but we are always pleased to hear from others who are willing to consider serving on the committee.

Please send all correspndence on Annual General Meeting business to :  John Wickenden, 13 Fernhill Close, Blackwater, Camberley, Surrey, GU17 9HD.  E mail [email protected] 


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