Reclaiming Gospel Non-Violence

Reclaiming Gospel Nonviolence
14-16 July 2017
St. Mary’s Monastery Kinnoull, Perth,
PH2 7BP

The centrality of active nonviolence in Christianity

This conference will look at ways in which Christians and other faith communities are acting nonviolently, and also provide space for discussion and planning as to how we can act in Scotland so that Gospel nonviolence can become more of a reality for individuals, the church and our wider society.

The conference will start at 5pm on Friday (dinner included) and end after lunch on Sunday. We hope you can join us for the whole weekend. However, the theme and programme will still be coherent and complete if you’re only able to attend for the Saturday.

The broad theme of the conference is to explore the centrality of active nonviolence to Christianity. Recent Roman Catholic thinking at the Vatican conference in April 2016, and in the 2017 Papal message for the International Day of Peace show signs of a move away from the just war paradigm. The Anglican Communion in its marks of mission vows to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation. The World Council of Churches recently commended the study and adoption of the principles and practices of active nonviolence, as the most legitimate and appropriate means of countering discrimination and oppression and of breaking the cycle of violence.

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Living Word? A day of Fellowship and Study for Preachers, Worship Leaders and those who may be involved in Local Arrangements

Leader:  Bob Bartindale, Ministry Development Officer for Worship and Local Preachers, The Discipleship & Ministries Cluster

Saturday, 29 April 2017, Dundee Methodist Church, 10:30 – 15:30

 

An invitation to explore how we engage with the Bible in preparing for, and conducting  worship, including how we allow God to prepare us for worship.  We will look at different ways of reading the Bible – perhaps through imaginative reading, art and prayer – and different ways of engaging congregations with the message of the Bible.

Bob will include some time to explain a little of what he does, and how it fits with the Connexional Team, and their thoughts on how they can be of help in the future.  He says that it will also be really helpful to hear the thoughts of those present about the challenges and opportunities facing the Methodist Church in Scotland.

 

Bob is making this special trip to Scotland at our invitation so we hope as many people as possible will come to welcome and to hear him.

 If you wish to attend, please let Keith Pearson know [07763515701] by Tuesday 18 April 2017.

Soup and beverages will be available at lunchtime. Bring your own sandwiches.

Change of speaker at MWiB District Day

Saturday 13th May 2017
11am -3pm

City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Nicolson Square, Edinburgh

Speaker: Rev Sally Binymin, from the Bread Church in Liverpool

Theme:  ‘ Story – my story, your story, God’s story’.

Buffet Lunch  £8

All are Welcome

Rev Jackie Bellfield, who was to have spoken at this event, is now representing the UK Methodist Church at an event in Chicago.

MWiB Scotland District Fellowship Day

Saturday 13th May 2017
11am -3pm

City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Nicolson Square, Edinburgh

Speaker: Rev Sally Binymin, from the Bread Church in Liverpool

Theme:  ‘ Story – my story, your story, God’s story’.

Buffet Lunch  £8

All are Welcome

Rev Jackie Bellfield, who was to have spoken at this event, is now representing the UK Methodist Church at an event in Chicago.

 

District Safeguarding Support Day

Stirling Methodist Church, 25th March 2017

10.00 am for coffee and 3.30 depart

 The focus of the meeting will be on increasing awareness of safeguarding guidance and policies for the Methodist Church. We will also spend some time considering which groups and individuals have responsibility for specific aspects of safeguarding and we also hope to explore good practice guidance in work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. As usual there will also be an opportunity to raise specific questions with our District Safeguarding Officer, Donald Urquhart.

Safeguarding is a whole-Church responsibility and so we are encouraging attendance from a range of office holders and interested  parties, including members of church councils and church and circuit stewards, as well as church and circuit safeguarding officers.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided on the day but please bring a packed lunch.

To book your place please email Fiona at the District Office.

‘Not in our backyard – Not in their market garden’ – climate change and the Pacific

Dr. Julia Edwards will speak at
The Methodist Church
Queen Street, Stirling FK8 1HL
at 7.30 p.m. Monday 20th February.

Dr. Julia Edwards is a church mission partner of the Methodist Church, working with the Pacific Conference of Churches as a climate researcher. She works with communities affected by adverse weather events, including planning for and assisting with the relocation of whole villages from coastal areas; indeed in some cases abandoning whole very low lying islands and moving to a larger one. This can be quite a considerable distance away. These migrations are entirely due to global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels in the industrial north.

The meeting is being co-hosted by Stirling Methodist Church and Friends of the Earth – Stirling.

After the talk there will be a question and answer session and an opportunity to discuss a response from this area and country to the urgent and increasing needs of the vulnerable people of the Pacific Islands and elsewhere in the world. The plight of these people depends very much on the planning decisions we make in the industrial countries, and in Scotland that includes the decision that has to be made on ‘fracking’.

In the coming year, a new Climate Change Bill is being introduced in the Scottish Parliament. Will it be bold enough in its aspirations to again give a lead to other legislators elsewhere and encourage them to follow this country’s example?

There is also the need to increase our investments in the generation of renewable energy and other infrastructure projects that reduce the amounts of greenhouse gases that we push into the atmosphere.

We hope that you are able to accept our invitation and attend this important meeting, and to share with us your views on this growing global crisis and plans to attempt to minimise its adverse effects.

Easter School for Preachers

Easter School for Preachers 2017: Anticipating Easter

This year’s Easter School at Wesley House, Cambridge will take place from 10-12 April 2017 (the first part of Holy Week) with speakers Professor Ben Quash, the Revd Dr Neil Richardson and  Dr Janet Tollington.

Although designed for preachers, others with experience of bible study in preparation for leading worship are welcome.

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