Salt and Light Festival 2024

Salt and Light: a festival of faith and hope for rural mission

14 and 15 June 2024

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, Hexham, Northumberland

Salt and Light is a festival of faith and hope for rural mission. It’s an opportunity to gather with those leading and working in the Church to explore the opportunities and joys of our northern rural contexts.

A partnership with Carlisle, Durham, Leeds, Newcastle and York dioceses, this event builds on the success of the 'Small, Faithful, Rural' conference 2022. Salt and Light will be the beginning of a pattern of sharing and learning for the Church in the rural north.

Keynote speakers and workshops will help explore the historical, spiritual, and socio-economic lenses through which we can understand our contexts. Speakers include:

  • Frances Ward, author, theologian and former Dean of St Edmundsbury
  • Michelle Brown, cultural historian and author of one of the History Today books of 2023, Bede and the Theory of Everything
  • Patrick Laurie, hill farmer, blogger and author of Native: Life on a Vanishing Landscape which was shortlisted for the “Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing”
  • Sally Shortall, Duke of Northumberland Chair of Rural Economy at Newcastle University. 

View the full programme here

Shared accommodation is at The Sill Youth Hostel. Full-board tickets cost £100 + booking fee and can be booked at:

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Comments from last year's delegates

“Thank you to everyone. It was just brilliant and I feel very privileged and lucky to have been part of it.”

“I wanted to thank you for the memorable time I had on Friday. It was a good event, a good gathering of people, and not dominated by the kind of despondency which has been all too evident in other engagements I’ve had recently. I was treated very kindly.”

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