Dignity: Taking a stand against gender violence
The challenge for the church and for missionAll of us have met someone who has been a victim of gender based violence. We just may not know it! One in 3 women worldwide has experienced violence. Domestic abuse, whatever the nature of it, is against God’s plan. This event will provide a unique experience for the issues to be considered in the light of Biblical teaching and for Christians in church and mission work to consider, be challenged, informed and helped. Dr Steve Holmes, Senior lecturer in Theology at St Andrews University will bring the keynote address and there will seminars from No More Traffik, BMS World Mission and Tearfund. Click here for details of the evening conversation event.
Dignity: Taking a stand against gender violence
The challenge for the church and for missionAll of us have met someone who has been a victim of gender based violence. We just may not know it! One in 3 women worldwide has experienced violence. Domestic abuse, whatever the nature of it, is against God’s plan. David McAllister, Laura Gill, Gemma Brown and Tim Magowan will host a coffee shop conversation in the Upstairs Coffee Lounge in Holywood Baptist Church between 7.30 and 9.30. This will be an opportunity for folk unable to make it to the conference and for folks who want to continue a conversation started at the conference. Click here for details of the day conference
An In Conversation With ... EMBRACE and the Law Centre NI on the theme Exiles WELCOMING Exiles!The Bible clearly challenges people of faith to love the stranger and welcome them. The evening discussion will focus on local stories of what is and what can be done by churches in helping refugees and migrants. The UK Government's response to the Europe wide migrant and refugee crisis has been one of the main news items in recent months. Councils in Northern Ireland have been told to prepare to accept refugees. This evening will help us understand what can be done and appropriate responses that Christians and churches can make. Richard Kerr, past Chairman of EMBRACE , and now Convenor of the PCI Global Concerns Committee, will open up the discussion. EMBRACE is a group of Christians from different denominations working together to promote a positive response to people who are seeking asylum, refugees, migrant workers and people from minority-ethnic backgrounds living in Northern Ireland. Glenn Jordan and Ursula O'Hare from the Law Centre will bring insights and advice on good practice. The Law Centre (NI) provides specialist legal support to organisations and disadvantaged individuals, including in the areas of immigration and trafficking. The International Meeting Point is a project of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. It provides a hub for people from all nations to drop in and meet new friends. It is a place to relax and spend some time practising English; mixing with different cultures and for people to help each other by sharing their experience of Belfast and discussing the meaning of life.
A Training Day with Prof Glynn Harrison and others
at High Kirk Presbyterian Church, Ballymena.
Professor Glynn Harrison is whole-heartedly committed to the intellectual defence of the Christian faith at every level. The aim of this training day is to equip and encourage us as Christians to engage in a robust defence of our Christian faith, thereby fulfilling the command of Scripture through the Apostle Peter
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone
who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have.” 1 Peter 3 v15
Glynn Harrison is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Bristol, where he was a practising consultant psychiatrist and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He preaches locally and speaks widely on issues of faith and psychology, neuroscience and psychiatry. He is especially focussed on supporting men’s ministries and fostering the development of Christian leaders and pastors. He has authored the book “The Big Ego Trip, Rediscovering Grace in a culture of self-esteem.” He teaches at the Cornhill Training Scheme in London, lectures in the Faraday Institute at Oxford, and contributes widely to articles dealing with current issues in human sexuality. In April past he delivered the annual Rendle Short lecture to the Christian Medical Fellowship. He says that faith in Jesus Christ - his death and resurrection - sits at the core of everything he tries to do.
9.30 - 10.00am – Welcome and Worship
10.00 – 11.00am - Session 1with Prof Harrison
11.00am – 11.30am - Coffee Break
11.30 - 12.30 - Session 2 with Prof Harrison
12.30 – 1.45pm - Lunch
1.45.pm - 3.15pm – TED talks and interaction
3.15 - 3.45pm - Coffee Break
3.45pm - 4.30pm – Session 3 with Prof Harrison
The cost of the day will be £20.00 (£10.00 for those in full time study) which does not include lunch. Tea/coffee will be provided at Coffee Breaks.
It is necessary to book as places are limited.
To book go on our web page www.thebigegotrip.co.uk
or send a cheque made payable to “Portrush Lifeline”
to Daniel Kane, 6 Old Galgorm Manor, Ballymena, BT42 1RY
You may also contact Daniel Kane at 02825 653 111,
or John Kirkpatrick at 02870 823 246.TITLES FOR TALKS TALK 1 (10.00 – 11.00am)
How the sexual revolution is changing you, your Church and your ministry.As the cultural deconstruction of gender continues to accelerate, Europe and the USA now host a vast pantheon of sexual identities and preferences. The Church is badly prepare for these new ideologies, lacking both the intellectual and apologetic resources to resist the media and cultural elites that stand behind them. So what does the future hold? Will our Churches gradually accommodate to the sexual zeitgeist – or can we do something better? TALK 2 (11.30 – 12.30am)
Re-imagining a Biblical Culture of Sex and Human RelationshipsIn this session Glynn Harrison will argue that the onslaught of the sexual revolution will eventually prove a blessing for the Church because it will force us to re-discover and then incarnate the biblical vision for relationships and human flourishing. But what should the new apologetic look like? And how do our churches need to change? TALK 3 (3.45 – 4.30pm)
Understanding and critiquing the modern ideas of self and identity.Questions of identity, debated since the origins of Western philosophy, have been sharpened recently by an unprecedented growth in the number of possibilities for self-presentation offered by modern technology and social media. This capacity for almost limitless re-invention of the self, heightened by the influence of post-modern thought and queer theory, has potentially profound and far-reaching implications for mental health, social cohesion and personal autonomy. The Christian world-view, which presents identity as both a given and an evolving narrative of self, offers an opportunity for Christians to engage with one of the major issues of our age.