The evening was Thursday, 22nd October 2015 when approximately 100 CUK Leaders from across Birmingham gathered for an internal Delegates Assembly at St. George’s Community Hub in Newtown to set the agenda priorities for the next 2 years. Top of the agenda was ‘City Safe’ (protection for young children) due to the recent shooting incident in broad daylight. Other issues highlighted were
- Living Wage
- Jobs (i.e. payment for student placements)
A diverse group of people gathered alongside Leaders, including the Sisters from St. Mary’s and the Jesuit Novices from Harborne, to listen to testimonies of hardship and injustice in the area and to discuss and commit to the issues raised. Members voted on each issue and endorsed their commitment by signing names alongside the issue they felt passionately concerned about. The outcome was an overwhelming support for the priorities listed above.
The Assembly ended when Sister Ita Keane, with others, was invited to give an impromptu reason for St. Mary’s getting involved in CUK. Sister Mary Horgan was recognised and thanked for her contribution to CUK during her time at St. Mary’s and was presented with flowers and a box of chocolate as a token of CUKs appreciation. Mary was then invited to say an off-the-cuff few words which she delivered admirably and, like Ita, with great presence and professionalism.
The Assembly finished with an evaluation from the Leaders.