What’s on

Mar
10
Thu
Rhythm and Rules: Developing a Personal Rule of Life @ Contemporary Christianity
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Rhythm and Rules: Developing a Personal Rule of Life @ Contemporary Christianity | Belfast | United Kingdom

Maintaining your spiritual life isn’t easy; it is seldom a subject of personal conversation except with really trusted friends or soul-mates!

We often hear talks and sermons on personal devotions, yet for many people with real faith these can easily get squeezed out in our busyness - even in our busyness in Christian work! The workshops will be jointly led by Bishop Harold Miller (Bishop of Down and Dromore) and David Dunlop (Pastor of Windsor Baptist Church) THURSDAY 11th February, 7:30 - 9:30pm THURSDAY 25th February, 7:30 - 9:30pm THURSDAY 10th March, 7:30 - 9:30pm Venue: Contemporary Christianity Offices, 21 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT2 8HD (click for map) Each session will have input from both Harold and David and will include space for  participants to spend time developing their Personal Rule of Life. By the end of the three evenings each participant will have developed a Personal Rule of Life.
Places are limited, so please register: Places are limited so reserve your place TODAY.
Note: There is no charge for these workshops. Gifts or donations can be made to Contemporary Christianity.
Mar
25
Fri
Passion Walk 2016 @ Grosvenor House
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Passion Walk 2016 @ Grosvenor House | Belfast | United Kingdom
The Passion Walk is an individual reflective journey through the streets of central Belfast, where the city itself becomes the backdrop for the story of Christ’s Passion. Walking with an audio guide and pausing at certain key locations, you will be invited to enter into the events of Jesus’ final hours. The first Easter took place in a busy, complex city where most people were preoccupied with their own concerns. The Passion Walk is an invitation to experience the story in a new way, and perhaps to see the city in a new light. You are invited to begin your journey at Grosvenor House, 5 Glengall Street (behind the Opera House) any time between 10am and 1pm on Friday 25th or Saturday 26th of March. Make your urban pilgrimage at your own pace, alone or with friends, and complete the journey with refreshments and a space for further reflection at The Dock Café in Titanic Quarter. We ask all walkers to book in advance on our website www.passionwalk.org. There is a charge of £5 (£3 unwaged) to help cover costs.
Mar
26
Sat
Passion Walk 2016 @ Grosvenor House
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Passion Walk 2016 @ Grosvenor House | Belfast | United Kingdom
The Passion Walk is an individual reflective journey through the streets of central Belfast, where the city itself becomes the backdrop for the story of Christ’s Passion. Walking with an audio guide and pausing at certain key locations, you will be invited to enter into the events of Jesus’ final hours. The first Easter took place in a busy, complex city where most people were preoccupied with their own concerns. The Passion Walk is an invitation to experience the story in a new way, and perhaps to see the city in a new light. You are invited to begin your journey at Grosvenor House, 5 Glengall Street (behind the Opera House) any time between 10am and 1pm on Friday 25th or Saturday 26th of March. Make your urban pilgrimage at your own pace, alone or with friends, and complete the journey with refreshments and a space for further reflection at The Dock Café in Titanic Quarter. We ask all walkers to book in advance on our website www.passionwalk.org. There is a charge of £5 (£3 unwaged) to help cover costs.
Jun
13
Mon
A Soul for the Union? @ Agape Centre
Jun 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A Soul for the Union?

Faith-based perspectives on the EU Referendum

An 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!
Nov
8
Tue
In Conversation With Philip Orr and Joe Austin @ Contemporary Christianity
Nov 8 @ 8:00 pm

The Poppy and the Lilly

Joe 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!"
Nov
24
Thu
Catherwood Lecture: Ain’t Gonna Study War No More @ Union Theological College
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm

...AIN'T GONNA' STUDY WAR NO MORE...

Annual Catherwood Public Theology Event

Alan and Elaine Storkey

Responder: Norman Hamilton

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The 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.
Apr
8
Sat
On earth as it is in heaven @ Youth Initiatives
Apr 8 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
On earth as it is in heaven @ Youth Initiatives | Northern Ireland | United Kingdom
 

The Call to Living Sustainably and its impact on Community, Fellowship and Mission.

 

We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?

(Wendell Berry)

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:
  • Prof. John Barry (QUB
  • Jonny Hanson (Jubilee)
  • David Smyth (Evangelical Alliance)
RSVP to: info@contemporarychristianity.net Twitter: @ContemChristian
May
2
Tue
In Conversation With Derek Poole and Diane Holt @ Contemporary Christianity
May 2 @ 7:30 pm
Just Living in a Post-truth Society is Contemporary Christianity's theme for 2017. This will be an informal evening with Derek Poole and Diane Holt. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion.   The post-truth society is frequently mentioned in the media. Derek and Diane will help us begin to explore:  
  • 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
Derek Poole used to work for ECONI and the Centre for Contemporary Christianity Diane Holt used to work for Tear Fund and now works for Thrive Ireland
May
27
Sat
God and Google? Faith and Facebook? @ Fitzroy Presbyterian Church
May 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

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 info@contemporarychristianity.net would be helpful.
Nov
2
Thu
Annual Public Theology Event in memory of Sir Fred CATHERWOOD @ Skainos
Nov 2 @ 6:00 am – 9:15 am

 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.

SPEAKER: Dr Michael Schluter 

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 info@contemporarychristianity.net  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

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