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Diocesan World Development Representative


Peter Merson


Wardway Farm
North Petherton


01278 662240


07710 483155


01278 662240


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5 Dioceses Of Anglican Church In Zambia - Ongoing Link Relationship over 30 years

Areas of Work

My position within the Diocese is part-time and voluntary.  In the role I aim to act as a source of information and an advocate for global development issues within the Diocese and its parishes.  I also work ecumenically and with those outside the church who are concerned with issues of global justice; for example I represent Somerset on the Board of Trustees of the Jubilee Debt Campaign.

I can provide practical help and presentations for relevant events and publications.

I am answerable to the Diocesan World Mission Group, which has the following aims and priorities:

Aims of the World Mission Group

To encourage and enable the Church in the Diocese of Bath and Wells to exercise its common mission with the world-wide Church, as per the Anglican Consultative Council's 5 Marks of Mission:

  1. To proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God.
  2. To teach, baptise and nurture new believers.
  3. To respond to human need by loving service.
  4. To seek to transform the unjust structures of society.
  5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the Earth.

Priorities of the World Mission Group

  1. To encourage parishes to become more aware of the above, recognise that they are part of the world-wide church and understand that what they do as a body and as individuals has a global effect. Help them to participate in appropriate activities aimed at redressing the unjust structures of the world. A particular priority is to build on the strengths of the foundation laid by the success of the Jubilee 2000 Coalition as a campaigning body, involving as it did co-operation between secular and religious organisations; between different Christian denominations; and between different world faiths. Also to build on the new spirit of co-operation and involvement between Government departments (DFID) and the churches on the subject of global poverty reduction.

  2. To work in partnership with the Mission Societies and Christian aid agencies; and to encourage support for them at parish and diocesan level. This includes support for the societies as a whole and for specific individuals such as Mission Partners with connection to Bath and Wells.

  3. To maintain and strengthen the Diocese's partnership with the Anglican Dioceses in Zambia; and to encourage and support other parish links and exchange visits between ourselves and the Zambian Church in order to help listen to each other, pray for each other, challenge each other and learn from each other