Find out about various activities at Contemporary Christianity.
For God and His Glory Alone - the foundational document of ECONI/Contemporary Christianity relaunched in 2013
P.S. - monthly an email and web discussion forum
In Conversation With ... - conversation evenings on a contemporary topic
Catherwood Lecture - issues relating to Christian worldview or faith in the public square

News and updates



Bogside Artists feature in Church Times

The Bogside Artists

The work of the Bogside Artists has been featured in the world's leading Anglican newspaper, the Church Times.

Contemporary Christianity has helped Adrienne Chaplin, a philosopher of art, develop her relationship with the Bogside Artists to allow the often misunderstood purposes of their art to be expressed.

The full article can be seen here. Details of the Contemporary Christianity event with Adrienne and the artists, including a video of the conversation, can be seen here.

Offices available for hire in Contemporary Christianity offices in Belfast city centre.

Address: Third Floor, 21 Ormeau Avenue, BELFAST, BT2 8HD CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIANITY has some office accommodation within its unit available to rent to a charitable organisation looking for a city centre office. The 0rganisation/person renting this office should be happy to work in a unit which is used for charitable religious purposes. The 0ffice is 89 square feet (10.5ft by 8.5ft) which is internal with glazed panels providing natural light. Contemporary Christianity is serviced by volunteer staff and the office is not occupied for full normal office hours. We already share our accommodation with HealthLink 360. The unit has wi-fi and there is an option to have linked printing and photocopier services. The renter of this office would have the right to book the main meeting area within the Contemporary Christianity unit. There is use of shared services on the floor male and female toilets and equipped kitchen facilities. For terms and further information please contact Stephen Adams, Admin Volunteer for Contemporary Christianity. Email: info@contemporarychristianity.net Phone: 92699079

Sir Fred Catherwood

This short obituary briefly summarises our deep respect for Sir Fred Catherwood  who died on 30th November2014. We have conveyed or sympathy to Lady Elizabeth and the family and will be represented at the Memorial Service on 17th January 2015. For fuller tributes see the Times, Fulcrum Anglican, Scotsman, Daily Telegraph, Belfast Telegraph and Guardian websites.sir fred catherwood

Office Available for Hire in Contemporary Christianity Offices in Belfast City Centre

Address: Third Floor, 21 Ormeau Avenue, BELFAST, BT2 8HD

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIANITY is seeking to offer office accommodation within its unit to a charitable organisation looking for a City Centre office. The Organisation/Person renting this office should be happy to work in a unit which is used for charitable religious purposes.

It is a furnished office. It is 96 square feet (12ft by 8ft) and is accessed off the main meeting area of our third floor unit. Continue reading

A series of events looking at women and men in the church

We are very happy to have Derek and Dianne Tidball with us to explore the roles of women and men in the church. Derek and Dianne are the authors of The Message of Women: Creation, Grace and Gender in IVP's 'Bible Speaks Today' series. We have a series of different but complimentary events on 7 and 8 March. See our events page for more details. Fliers for the events are available for download on the events page. To book visit our booking page. Please book by 5pm on 3 March. We would like to thank Belfast Bible College, Evangelical Alliance, What Now! and Irish Baptist Networks for support in promoting these events.

In Conversation With … 5 Storytellers and Each Other

On 19 November the Faith and Gender Cluster Group held an In Conversation With  ... 5 Storytellers and Each Other.
  • Stories from the front – a chance to hear a little snippet from the life of the storyteller. These are real life stories. They are offered to help us consider the topic from the different perspectives of the tellers. We won’t be questioning or challenging them on what they have offered – just listening.
  • An opportunity to share our own experience of faith and gender with a few people around us.
  • Three more stories
  • And some bible passages to look at together in small groups (ending by 9.30pm as usual, when you might want to finish off the last of the snacks and any particularly interesting conversation you have been having)
Click here for a full account of the evening, or navigate to the In Conversation With ... section.  

Launch of For God and His Glory Alone – photos

Photos from the launch of For God and His Glory Alone on 10 October. See the post below for more details

For God and His Glory Alone

FGAHGAOn Thursday 10 October 2013 Contemporary Christianity launched the 25th anniversary edition of For God and His Glory Alone. 2013 marks 25 years since the first publication of “For God and His Glory Alone”, the landmark publication which shaped the work of the Evangelical Contribution on Northern Ireland (ECONI). We are delighted that at this re-launch we will have some people who were instrumental in developing this booklet 25 years ago alongside some contemporary leaders who feel that the need for this booklet today is as urgent as it was when originally published. Watch the video  

Heaven in a Nightclub Review

When Ruth Naomi Floyd sat on a stool in the middle of the stage and sang 'Sometimes I Feel like a Motherless Child' to the sparsest of accompaniment 150 years since slavery seemed a short blink and we were transported back to the pain and tears of the captive. She was in tears herself by the end of it and it was a hard heart wasn't moved as well. The evening had not begun in a way which forewarned us of the excellence to come. The audience of good souls who filed in may have heard about the evening from the co-sponsor of Derry and Donegal Presbytery and looked more ready for a fork supper than a jazz gig and our compere had done more BB display votes of thanks than intros. And  when Bill Edgar came on stage in his tweed jacket and tie .....well we knew he was a theology professor but what about the jazz? Then he sat down at his keyboard without a note of music and started improvising with Randy Pendleton wrapped around his double bass and they were away. Terrific stuff. After every couple of pieces Bill Edgar stood forward and told us a little bit more of the roots of jazz a musical development from the African American community brought over as slaves; the gospel influences; even the development of negro spirituals learned at the back of the slave owners' churches from the acappella singing of metrical psalms with precentors leading ; the work songs; the warning when escaping songs; the crossing the river to a slavery free state songs. The music on its own from Bill and Randy was brilliant but maybe less accessible. When Ruth came on after a few minutes and sang with accompaniment the three together were superb. What a range of voice she has. Her low range had such strength you could almost hear and feel her  resonate. And she was never less than totally committed to the song and its meaning. No cheap entertainment here. The hour and a half flew by. The audience responded warmly and a couple of encores were just brilliant. I have never heard 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus' sung with such swing warmth and heart. Great night. Richard McPhillimy.