Christian Aid Gathering focussing on Sierra Leone - Edinburgh
Christian Aid Gathering focussing on Sierra Leone - Aberdeen
Christian Aid Gathering focussing on Sierra Leone - Inverness
A one-Day Conference organised by the ACTS Scottish Churches Rural Group (SCRG) and to be held on 1 May 2019 at St Matthew’s Church of Scotland, Tay Street, Perth PH1 5LQ.
10 am to 4.10 pm. Tickets £7, including lunch.
In June 2018 the SCRG launched a Report, Hope In The Rural Church, detailing reflections on the results of the 2016 Scottish Church Census. The report assessed the implications for Rural Churches in Scotland of the data from the Census as presented in “Growth Amidst Decline”. The general picture was one of falling numbers attending Sunday worship and an ageing church but it was also possible to identify other approaches to both worship and to participation in church linked activities that were flourishing. Building on these positive developments seemed important.
However to evolve so as to link with these green shoots of hope requires a significant change in both priorities within the church and significant changes in the use of resources. Effecting such changes is urgent and requires ecumenical action. It requires discussion within all of Scotland’s Churches There is thus a clear need for those in leadership roles within the church to discuss the actions needed so that the church can remain at the core of Rural life in Scotland. To begin the action is the aim of this conference.
The conference will be based around the three major themes of the 2018 Report, “Hopes for Growth”, “Fresh Expressions” and “Church in Community”. The conference will open with a scene setting plenary lecture followed by questions to the speaker. The following two sessions will be built around the format of a series of shorter presentations followed by round table and plenary discussion with a panel made up of the speakers.
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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’.
Olive Fleming Drane
Christian Grund Sørensen
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’
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’
11.15 John Drane & Olive Fleming Drane ‘Amusing ourselves to new life?Strategic and pastoral reflections on digital media and contemporary spirituality’
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’
Erkki Sutinen, ‘Interactive technologies, Mission Dei and grassroots activism’
Tim Davy, ‘Vulnerable Children and the Missio Dei in a Digital Age’
15.30 Closing panel
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Event Durham (rooms in Colleges, University accommodation)
Premier Inn, Durham City Centre
Radisson Blu, Durham
The Christian Aid Scotland team would like to invite you and your Christian Aid community to join us at the Gatherings 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.
Keynote Speakers :
Rev Shaun Lambert
Richard H H Johnston
Dr Rob Waller
Heather Churchill (from CWR)
Rev Scott Brennan
Rev Kenny Borthwick
Extra Early Bird Ticket Price Available Now.
Very Rev Dr Russell Barr, Associate Convener of Scottish Churches Housing Action, has been working with the Scottish Government’s Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Action Group. Attend his presentation that will look at the HARSAG report’s associated challenge to the church and third sector organisations, as well as to the Government and all those tackling homelessness.
The presentation will take place at 12 noon on Friday 28 September at the Church of Scotland Offices, 121 George Street, Edinburgh.
It will be followed by a buffet lunch around 1pm and the AGM of Scottish Churches Housing Action at 2pm.
All are welcome. Please inform Lauren Forbes if you wish to attend, and if so whether you will attend the presentation at 12, the AGM at 2pm, or both – and whether you will join SCHA for lunch. Please mention any dietary requirements. Email or phone 0131 477 4500.
The event planned for 25th August has been cancelled. A further similar event may be arranged for later in the year.