What’s on

Enough is plenty @ Agape Centre
Sep 24 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
A special conference for the Harvest season exploring a more holistic approach to the environment and the economy, organised by Belfast South Methodist Church and the Religious Society of Friends. The presenters, social and economic commentators Anne Ryan, Tony Weekes and James Orr will prompt discussions on the interactions between the environment, economy and the common good, addressing contemporary moral and theological issues for our affluent and waste-prone society. enough-is-plenty
Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles? @ Fitzroy Presbyterian Church
Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm
The 2016 E.T.S. Walton Lecture on Science and Religion is: Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles? Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy University of Cambridge Thursday 3 November 2016, 19:30 Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, University Street, Belfast More information at http://www.cis.org.uk/ireland/walton/
Catherwood Lecture: Ain’t Gonna Study War No More @ Union Theological College
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm


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.
Think it doesn’t happen locally? @ Jethro Centre
Mar 22 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Think it doesn't happen locally? @ Jethro Centre | Lurgan | Northern Ireland | United Kingdom
The Jethro Centre will host a workshop for Community Organisations in the Lurgan area to look at Human Trafficking and how we can respond at a local level. For more information or to book your place contact us on 028 3832 5673.
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)


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

Calvin and the Arts with Prof. William Edgar
Jan 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
An Evening With Martin Luther @ An Chultúrlann
Aug 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm

Writer Philip Orr

Actor Brian Payne

Supported by Contemporary Christianity

In Philip Orr’s short but gripping play, Martin Luther looks back on the early years of his life. It is a story of a young man’s anguished search for peace of mind and his historic clash with the church hierarchy of the day. 

As we know, Luther was a key figure in the Protestant Reformation.

This performance will take place in the theatre at Culturlann, the Irish Language centre at the junction of the Falls Road and Broadway. It is situated in a former Presbyterian Church. 

The Centre for Contemporary Christianity is grateful for the opportunity to stage Philip’s play during the West Belfast Festival.

A vital part of the evening will be a panel discussion following the performance. A number of leaders inside the Protestant faith community will reflect on the significance of Luther and the Reformation for local Protestant communities in a time of social and cultural change.

An Evening with Martin Luther
Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm

By Philip Orr

Following a sold-out performance at Feile an Phobail in August, Contemporary Christianity is delighted to bring An Evening with Martin Luther to East Belfast as part of this year's CS Lewis Festival.  

An Evening with Martin Luther is a one-man drama, performed by Brian Payne, in which the famous reformer, now in middle age, looks back at his youth.  The play explores his relationship with his family, the church and the culture of Christian Europe in an era of change.  It will be followed by a panel discussion about the creation of the play and the issues that it may raise for today. 

East Belfast Network Centre is situated on Templemore Avenue. It is easily accessible by public transport on the Newtownards Road and Albertbridge Road. On-street parking is available. 

Tuesday 6 November
East Belfast Network Centre



Book tickets at: http://eastsidearts.net/event/evening-martin-luther 


4 Corners Festival
Jan 31 – Feb 10 all-day

 The 4 Corners Festival is underway. The theme is Scandalous Forgiveness.

 See: www.4cornersfestival.com and  Twitter: #4Corners2019

Thrive Ireland Day Conference: From Africa to Ireland- A global re-imagining of Christian PEACEBUILDING in Northern Ireland.   @ Dunsilly Hotel
Feb 28 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Speakers: Christophe Mbonyingabo (Rwanda) ; Useni Sibanda (Zimbabwe) and Derek Poole, Lesley Carroll and Diane Holt

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