Connexion 13 ‘Journeying’

The January 2019 (issue 13) is now available.

This edition has the theme of “journeying”, and includes an article by the past Vice-President of Conference, Jill Baker (Strathclyde Circuit) on “pilgrimage”, an insight into the shared journey of two Methodists with different views on aspects of sexuality, and an exploration of travelling together ecumenically by the new Connexional Ecumenical Officer, Ruth Gee.

Missio Dei in a Digital Age

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Digital technology is not only influencing the methods by which missions are carried out today, but the cultural shifts that it has given rise to demand fresh reflection on missiology. At CODEC’s annual symposium, held at St John’s College, Durham on 23-24 April 2019, we are exploring ‘Missio Dei in a Digital Age’.

Speakers include:
Sara Afshari
Alexander Chow
Maggi Dawn
John Drane
Olive Fleming Drane
Christian Grund Sørensen
Rachel Jordan
Jonny Baker
Erkki Sutinen

MISSIO DEI IN A DIGITAL AGE PROGRAMME

Tuesday 23rd April
15.30 Coffee & introductions

16.00 Alexander Chow, ‘Public Faith, Shame, and China’s Social Credit System’
Christian Grund Sørensen, ‘The double-edged swords of the Cherubim: Power and tailoring intelligence as gatekeepers to Digital Eden’

17.30 Dinner

19.00 Keynote – Maggi Dawn, ‘Worship, Community and Missio Dei in a Digital Age’

20.30 Drinks reception

Wednesday 24th April
9.00 Sara Afshari, ‘Little dots of light: Doing mission in the Middle East’
Rachel Jordan Wolf, ‘Evangelism in Social Media Age’
Jonny Baker, ‘‘Mission: An Adventure of the (digital) Imagination’

10.45 Coffee

11.15 John Drane & Olive Fleming Drane ‘Amusing ourselves to new life?Strategic and pastoral reflections on digital media and contemporary spirituality’

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Track 1:
Srebrenka Kunek, ‘Pilgrims Way, Cyberpilgrimage and Missio Dei’
Frida Mannerfeldt, ‘Back to the roots or growing new branches: preaching, orality and missions in a digital age’

Track 2:
Erkki Sutinen, ‘Interactive technologies, Mission Dei and grassroots activism’
Tim Davy, ‘Vulnerable Children and the Missio Dei in a Digital Age’

15.00 Coffee

15.30 Closing panel

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Racial Justice Sunday 2019

Since 2017, the Methodist Church in Britain has celebrated Racial Justice Sunday ecumenically on the second Sunday in February.

Resources for 2019 are available from the CTBI website, including material by the URC that take the theme of ‘YES, to full Life for All’.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. However, some areas observe it at Pentecost or some other time.

Resources for 2019 have been prepared by Christians from Indonesia, the largest country in South East Asia, made up of more than 17,000 islands, 1,340 different ethnic groups and over 740 local languages, united by one national language Bahasa Indonesia. With some 86% of its 260 million people estimated to be Muslim, it has the largest Islamic population of any country. About 10% of Indonesians are Christian. Indonesians have lived by the principle of gotong royong which is to live in ‘solidarity and by collaboration’, regarding all Indonesians as brothers and sisters.

But gotong royong sits ill at ease with the neo-liberal approach to economics that has led to economic growth, and corruption infecting politics and business, often with devastating effects on the environment. Meanwhile those who are supposed to promote justice and protect the weak fail to do so. As a consequence, a country rich in resources bears the burden of many people living in poverty. Particular ethnic and religious groups are often associated with wealth in ways that have fed tensions.

The Christians of Indonesia found that the words of Deuteronomy, ‘Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue…'(see Deut. 16:18-20) spoke powerfully to their situation.

Resources and more information

Action for Children Christmas Appeal

Be a Secret Santa for a vulnerable child this Christmas!

For most of us, the festive season is a time of joy and family celebrations. But unfortunately, there are thousands of children in the UK right now who are facing a Christmas without food, warmth or love. Action for Children  is working to change this – and they need your help.

This Christmas, Action for Children is asking you to be a Secret Santa by donating to help them make a vulnerable child’s Christmas safe, warm and bright. Their Santas don’t have  reindeers  or wear big red suits. But, they’re doing something very special indeed.

See how becoming a Secret Santa will make a difference to children like Lily this Christmas in this lovely animated film.

Please sign up to become a Secret Santa and donate.

Christian Aid Gatherings in 2019

The Christian Aid Scotland team would like to invite you and your Christian Aid community to join us at the Gatherings 2019.

We will be hosting Gathering events in Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Join staff and supporters at a venue near you and find out how we can give, act and pray together in 2019.

Jeanne Kamara, Christian Aid’s country manager in Sierra Leone, will join us to celebrate how her team is transforming people’s lives by standing up to poverty and injustice.

You’ll also get the chance to learn more about Christian Aid’s key issues and how the money you raise is spent.

Let’s stand together to raise awareness, to raise money and to raise our voices against injustice.

South India trip for 18 – 26 year olds

South India Trip for young adults  17 – 27 October 2019.

ONE Programme: Encounter & Encounter Together are partnering on this trip to offer young adults the opportunity to travel to south India and find out about God’s mission across the region. The cost is £1500, and you must arrange your own insurance.

Closing date 10 December 2018.

For more information see: www.methodist.org.uk/encountertogether or contact g.dixon-gough@CliffCollege.ac.uk

Hosting an OPP Project

Applications are now open for churches or projects to host a ONE Programme Participant (OPP) in 2019/20. Closing date for applications is 5th March 2019, so do think about potential projects and check out Stirling’s Open Space project to see how the OPP in that project is developing connections and engagement with the local community,
See website for more details ‘Becoming a Host Project’:
Hosting an OPP is an excellent opportunity for districts, circuits, churches and church projects to have input from, and into, a young person aged 16-23 based in their project for a year-long, paid, training-provided, internship.
We are always keen to find a wide variety of different projects that can offer an exciting and supported year to an OPP.