What’s on

Feb
24
Tue
In Conversation With … Joe Campbell @ Contemporary Christianity
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm

Conflict in the Congregation:

Opportunity and Danger?

Many churches face the challenge of conflict. The resulting stress for both those in leadership and in the fellowship are often deep and lasting. Joe will bring his years of experience in opening up this important issue. This will be followed by a time of discussion/questions/conversation. Joe is a former teacher and youth worker. He spent 20 years in community relations and peace building mainly with Mediation Northern Ireland. He was profoundly influenced by spending a year on sabbatical at a Mennonite seminary in USA. Joe helped establish the Presbyterian Church's Conciliation Service and presented a report and recommendations to PCI's General Assembly in 2013 based on its experiences. From 2006 to 2010 Joe worked on peacebuilding issues with United Mission to Nepal, also working with the Nepali government's Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction. Come and contribute to the learning, perhaps from your own experience!
Mar
19
Thu
In Conversation With … Vinoth and Karin Ramachandra @ Belfast Bible College
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A special evening in conversation with Vinoth & Karin Ramachandra Karin will speak on: “The poor you will always have with you” Vinoth will speak on: “Converting the Church” Vinoth and Karin will each open up these themes and then invite discussion. There will be a bookstall with books written by Vinoth. Tea and coffee will be available at the end of the evening. There is no charge for this event, but a retiring offering will be taken to contribute to expenses. Both talks will be recorded but not the conversation. This will be a unique opportunity to engage with two leading Christian thinkers and leaders. Contemporary Christianity was delighted to have Vinoth speak at the 2014 Catherwood Lecture on Public Theology. To hear his lecture go to: www.contemporarychristianity.net/website/category/catherwood/ For an insight into our speakers you can see an interview from Laidlaw College, New Zealand at www.vimeo.com/72390619 Or read Vinoth’s blog looking at world affairs from a distinctly Christian perspective www.vinothramachandra.wordpress.com
Jun
23
Tue
In Conversation With … Philip Orr (Author and historian) @ Contemporary Christianity
Jun 23 @ 7:30 pm

What response, if any, should the churches make to the commemoration of the Easter Rising?

Philip will outline some of the key events, characters, causes and results of Easter 1916. He will then lead a discussion on possible approaches churches might take to the commemoration.

The evening will include a short slideshow illustrating the the main events and characters of the time.

In 2012 Contemporary Christianity commissioned and delivered a tour of the play '1912: A Hundred Years On' as our contribution to the beginning of the Decade of Centenaries.

You are invited to join us for this evening to help us shape our thinking based on the research into 1916 that Philip has recently done.

Nov
12
Thu
Exiles WELCOMING Exiles @ The International Meeting Point
Nov 12 @ 7:30 pm

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.
Feb
11
Thu
Rhythm and Rules: Developing a Personal Rule of Life @ Contemporary Christianity
Feb 11 @ 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.
Feb
25
Thu
Rhythm and Rules: Developing a Personal Rule of Life @ Contemporary Christianity
Feb 25 @ 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
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.
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!"
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

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