Maintaining your spiritual life isn’t easy; it is seldom a subject of personal conversation except with really trusted friends or soul-mates!
A Soul for the Union?
Faith-based perspectives on the EU ReferendumAn evening to help people of faith and others explore some of the issues to be considered in a deciding on how best to vote in the forth-coming referendum.
Keynote speaker - Ben Ryan (Theos Think Tank)Ben first joined the Theos think tank as an intern in September 2013 and graduated to a researcher in early 2014. He read Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge and also has an MSc in European Studies from the LSE European Institute. He is the author of the Theos reports A Very Modern Ministry: Chaplaincy in the UK and A Soul for the Union.
Responders giving a N.I. perspective:Colin Harvey (Professor of Human Rights Law, Queen's University Belfast) will respond with reference to Human Rights and Constitutional issues. Esmond Birnie (Chief Economist PWC in Scotland and N.I.) will respond with reference to Economic and Financial issues. There will be an opportunity for questions to Ben, Colin and Esmond. The Referendum is a democratic opportunity; the outcome will influence our relationships for years to come. Politics is inherently spiritual since God gives us the responsibility to govern within His sovereignty. This evening will explore issues of sovereignty and subsidiarity, business and bureaucracy, security, migrants and other national and local challenges we all face in making a decision on how to vote. It will encourage and help in making an informed response and not just one that thinks of self-interest!
The Poppy and the LillyJoe Austin is a veteran of the Republican movement and a member of the National Graves Association. Philip Orr, having been a schoolteacher, is a local historian, a writer and facilitator. This is an opportunity to hear about the work Philip and Joe have done around these two poignant symbols. The evening will have both historical and contemporary contexts. You are invited to join us for this evening to think through this topic which is highlighted in a striking line in Philip's play Halfway House, when Bronagh turns to Valerie and says, "You can parade your courage in public but we can't!"
...AIN'T GONNA' STUDY WAR NO MORE...
Annual Catherwood Public Theology Event
Alan and Elaine Storkey
Responder: Norman HamiltonThe accumulation of power by arms companies and the influence of militarism have continued for over a century. The time has come for people of faith to address these issues and to take seriously Jesus' words, "those who take the sword will perish by the sword." Dr Alan Storkey is an economist, sociologist and artist. He the author of War or Peace: The Long Failure of Western Arms. Elaine Storkey is a theologian, philosopher, social scientist and broadcaster. Norman Hamilton (OBE) is convenor for Public Affairs for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and was previously the minister of Ballysillan Presbyterian Church. Public Theology explores the relationship between Christian conviction and the broader social and cultural context in which the Christian community lives. The Catherwood Lecture in Public Theology has been an annual event since 1998.
The Call to Living Sustainably and its impact on Community, Fellowship and Mission.
Contemporary Christianity’s theme for 2017 is: “Just Living in a Post-Truth World.” Join us for a half-day seminar to explore the inter-connectedness of concern for the poor, concern for creation, stewardship of the earth’s resources, and the transformative potential of the Christian commitment to these principles in this “post-truth” era. Contributors include:
We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?
- Prof. John Barry (QUB
- Jonny Hanson (Jubilee)
- David Smyth (Evangelical Alliance)
- what it means to live in a post-truth society
- what scripture has to say about the concept
- how people of faith can respond appropriately
Seminar and workshop with Vinoth Ramachanda and Steve Stockman
Saturday 27 May 10.00am to 12.30pm (Tea/coffee/registration from 9.30am)
Fitzroy Presbyterian Church Cafe Area, University Road, Belfast BT7 1HL
The technological revolution of the past 20 years is still gaining pace - influencing how we buy goods and services, read newspapers, watch TV, listen to music, bank, use transportation and get new “Friends”! Technology and artificial intelligence initiatives (AI) will be even more ambitious in the next 20 years with driverless cars, robots, more workerless factories, drone deliveries and research in biotechnology for the treatment, managing and prevention of diseases.
Leading international Christian leader and thinker Vinoth Ramachandra and local Pastor Steve Stockman will bring their different perspectives to the significant challenges, threats and opportunities we face.
What are the particular challenges to people of faith and the local/global Church? Join us and be prepared to be provoked and challenged and to engage in discussion
Suggested contribution: £5.00
Bookings not essential but an email to firstname.lastname@example.org would be helpful.
Annual Public Theology Event in memory of Sir Fred CATHERWOOD
2nd NOVEMBER 2017. 6.00-9.15pm at SKAINOS 241 Newtownards Road, Belfast. BT 4 1AF (Metro route 3A and street parking)
CHANGING the TERMS of CHRISTIAN PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT…
Christians are too often on the back foot in public debate. Michael Schluter will set out fresh thinking to enable Christians to change their approach to engaging in the public square.
Dr Michael Schluter CBE is an economist and author, and speaks around the world to both Christian and secular audiences. He has co- founded many different organisations including the Jubilee Centre (Cambridge), Relationships Foundation, Relational Schools , Allia and Keep Sunday Special Campaign (which famously defeated Mrs Thatcher in 1986 on the issue of Sunday shopping and still operates today).
PROGRAMME: Hot Meal available from 6.00-7.00pm –please book. Outline Programme: Start at 7.00pm. After a short introduction Michael will speak for 45-50 minutes. There will then be group discussion on the issues raised in different contexts (e.g. Business and Commerce, Schools, Health Sector Organisations and Churches) and then a time for more general questions and wider discussion.
The Catherwood Lecture in Public Theology has been held since 1998. This year’s event will present a paradigm shift in thinking from the individualism of Western culture to one which is built on biblical foundations. It will be of special interest to people who want to engage in Christian-based reform of their organisations and wider society. Come and engage in how we might begin to transform organisations in a way which feeds upwards into policy and downwards into families and communities. Bookstall available with some of Michael’s books and publications
Suggested contribution for meal and evening £10.00 each. Please confirm your attendance by emailing email@example.com by 30th October (to assist with catering)
Alternatively you can book at Eventbrite by 30 October.
Contacts: 21 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT2 8HD. T: 90325258 W: www.contemporarychristianity.net