...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.
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
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.
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/
The 4 Corners Festival is underway. The theme is Scandalous Forgiveness.
See: www.4cornersfestival.com and Twitter: #4Corners2019
Speakers: Christophe Mbonyingabo (Rwanda) ; Useni Sibanda (Zimbabwe) and Derek Poole, Lesley Carroll and Diane Holt