'Better together' is Bishop Tom's message for Hope

'History of city and community is about winning struggles'

Bishop Tom Williams has taken part in the 175th anniversary celebrations of Liverpool Hope University by delivering a lecture on ecumenism in the city.

‘Christian Faith in the City over 175 years: Is it “Better Together” or getting worse?’ was the title of Bishop Tom’s distinguished lecture, which he gave on Tuesday 22 October in the Senate Room at the University’s Hope Park campus.

The Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool, he began by recalling how ‘Better Together’ was not just the slogan of the Eldonians, who campaigned in the 1980s to keep their inner-city community together and provide better housing, but also the title of the book co-authored by Derek Worlock, the former Archishop of Liverpool, and David Sheppard, his Anglican counterpart.

In his reflection on the history of the city, he spoke of many changes and challenges faced –  the growth of the port, Irish immigration, sectarian violence, the Blitz – and he added: ‘The history of this city and this community, is about winning the struggles. We have to come through the trauma of our own history with hope, dignity and, like the Eldonians and many others, we do that by having a determination and a will to be better together.'