When words fail: religious literacy and post-multicultural possibilitiesHow do we reach out in compassion, and avoid a tabloid- type reaction to other faiths, whilst standing up for values that are important in our society (values often derived from a Biblical faith)? Come and explore this together! Speaker: Dr Jenny Taylor Jenny is a cultural analyst, journalist, author and founder of Lapido Media, a consultancy specialising in religious literacy in world affairs. Jenny has reported from areas of conflict and poverty all over Asia and Africa, deciding to specialize in Islam and secularization. She speaks and writes on the connection between faith and culture, on which she has addressed parliamentary, Commonwealth and media gatherings. From 1988 to 1994 she was the editor of GO, the magazine for Interserve. She co- authored the book Faith and Power (1998), along with Professor Lamin Sanneh of Yale, and Lesslie Newbigin. She is a member of the Evangelical Alliance’s Theological Advisory Group. 16th APRIL at 8.00 pm (Tea and coffee from 7.30pm) Venue: The Agape Centre, 238 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 6GF (Served by Metro bus route 9)
- live within our fair share of the world's resources and limits;
- respond to poverty and inequality with radical generosity;
- live restoratively through sacrificial relationships;
- use our power to speak prophetically to our churches and wider society in order to cultivate a healthier relationship between God, people and creation.
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
...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)
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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