The Bishop of Basingstoke, The Right Reverend Geoffrey Rowell, chaired a conference at Amport House on "Faith and Our working Lives"
It was attended by vicars, lay readers, non-stipendiary ministers and addressed the gap between faith and issues in society.
In his opening remarks, Sir George pointed out that both the Church and political parties had fewer activists, and their average age was rising. It was important to look outwards rather than inwards, and to recognise that institutions such as the Church, the Monarchy, the Law and Parliament no longer commanded the respect they used to. Respect had to be earned and not claimed. Yet people were more interested than ever before in the quality of public services and what they paid for them; and society needed some criteria by which to make value judgements in life. Politicians and the Church needed to address people in terms they could relate to and using to-day's means of communication.