Oct 3 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
How do we escape the economic trappings of western consumerism to live just lives of simplicity, generosity and hospitality while being aware of our responsibilities to others in our local community and the wider world?This practical workshop will draw upon local experiences to explore how we can:
- 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.
Jun 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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!
Nov 8 @ 8:00 pm
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!"
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm
...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.
Apr 8 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
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)