Hope in the Rural Church

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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Missio Dei in a Digital Age

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


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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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.