The Rt Rev David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham, has been the partron of Bringing Hope since 2013.
His predecessor, Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, was a key player in the formation of Bringing Hope during his time as Bishop of Birmingham between 2002 and 2005.
Bishop David has been committed to alleviating poverty and social exclusion by working closely with leaders of various political parties at Birmingham City Council since he came to the city in 2006.
He says: “Inequality and social exclusion is something that we should not easily accept in a rich country and a city like ours. Our aim is to bridge the gap between the disadvantaged and the powerful, so that more people can participate in the economic and social opportunities at work, home and play.”
Before ordination Bishop David enjoyed a ten-year career in the commercial side of BP, taking a degree in Business Studies at Ealing Business School.
When he became Bishop of Birmingham, he was presented with a cope which featured the passage: “You shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets to dwell in.” (Isaiah 58:12). The passage was written in English, Mandarin, Hebrew and Gandan. During the ceremony in Birmingham Cathedral, he smashed a large clay pot with a mallet to signify the fragility of human life and our world.
In addition to his duties as Bishop of Birmingham, he is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Link with China, a board member of Birmingham Hippodrome and chair of the Be Birmingham Summit of the local strategic partnership.
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