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500th Anniversary of the Reformation!

95 Missional Theses!

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Following Martin Luther and his famous 95 theses the Mission Theology Advisory Group (MTAG) has produced 95 missional theses for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation on 31 October 2017. Ours are based around the five marks of mission. Each takes the form of a positive statement: ‘We believe in a Church that..’  They will be tweeted, one a day in a randomised order, from @95missiontheses from 28 July 2017. We want to start LOTS of conversations about the sort of Church we believe in and want to see.  People don’t have to stick with ours; anyone can join the discussions or make up some theses of their own. We want to hear about those, too!

On 31 October 2017 we’re hoping the complete set of missional theses will be posted in all kinds of places from real cathedral doors to virtual ones. This is a great chance to get people together to ask what a 21st century missional Church could be like. A Church that isn’t ashamed to proclaim Jesus Christ? A Church that cares about the environment?  A Church that really, seriously, engages in social justice? After 31 October 2017 MTAG will provide more study resources to enable churches and groups to dig deeper into what the theses are saying. It’s going to be exciting, but challenging!

More information from Anne at anne.richards@churchofengland.org

Dr Anne Richards
National Adviser: Mission Theology, New Religious Movements and Alternative Spiritualities,
Mission and Public Affairs
Church House, Great Smith Street,
London, SW1P 3 AZ
Tel: 02078981444

anne.richards@churchofengland.org

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Shale Gas & Fracking

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

We welcomed the Church of England’s December 2016 Briefing Paper “Shale gas and fracking”1 pulling together some of the key references on this topic and so stimulating debate within the Church on this controversial process.

Since then, a number of well-referenced papers2 have re-examined the evidence in various publications cited in the Briefing Paper and raised significant concerns about the reliability of the conclusions drawn.

We feel it imperative that the authors of the Briefing Paper seek expert advice on the strength of the evidence given and the conclusions drawn in these new publications and update the Briefing Paper as necessary so that Christian churches and others can participate in informed debate on the care of Creation and social responsibility in respect of shale gas.

We would be grateful for your response to this concern, to the email addresses below.

Blackburn Diocese Environment Group

1 Mission and Public Affairs Council and the Environment Working Group of the Church of England (2016) Shale Gas & Fracking;

2 Michael Hill (2017) Review of the Church of England Mission & Public Affairs Council and Environment Working Group Briefing Paper on Shale Gas and Fracking; Paul Mobbs (2017) Whitehall’s ‘Fracking’ Science Failure; David K. Smythe (2017) Submission to the Scottish Government consultation in unconventional oil and gas.

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Invitation to discuss the connection between faith & social action

You are welcome to Join us…

at the John Lewis Community Hub above Birmingham New Street train station on

Monday 25 September 2017, 2.30-4.30 pm

for a discussion with other members of the Social Responsibility Network about research, evaluation and monitoring of the connection between faith and social action.

We’ll be joined by Heather Buckingham, (Research Lead, CUF) and Bev Botting (Head of Research & Stats, Church House).

David

Revd Dr David Primrose, Director of Transforming Communities

RSVP: by 11 September 2017 to Ann Wright

Christians in Practice

Christians in Practice

Simon Foster writes…

“…David Primrose wants you to know about the launch of our research Christians in Practice, which will take place on Thursday 19 October 2017 in the West Midlands.”

“Our research, backed by CUF, Arthur Rank Centre, and the dioceses of Lichfield and Birmingham, has surveyed over 1,000  Church of England churchgoers in 32 congregations, and we’re interviewing 30 individuals in depth, to explore how Christians regard the connection between faith and practice.  Like our previous research, What Helps Disciples Grow, we’re shaping a research report and launch event to provide practical learning for the church.  The results are pouring in at the moment.   The responses I’m seeing to questions like ‘how could your church help you connect your faith and your community activity?’ promise some very interesting reflection on the day.”

“If you’re interested, please put the date in your diary.   We’ll add your name to our regular mailing list and send you more details in the coming weeks.”

Simon Foster, Researcher, Christians in Practice

Project website: www.christiansinpractice.net

St Peter’s Saltley Trust: www.saltleytrust.org.uk

The Project Team (seen in the photo)

You’re most likely to speak to project researcher Simon Foster (right). He’s been at Saltley Trust for 2 years and previously led the What Helps Disciples Grow project.

You might also meet Elizabeth Bramley (CUF Researcher) or Dr Ian Jones, Saltley Trust’s Director (left).

Modern Day Slavery

The Church of England

Mission and Public Affairs Division (MPA)

…launched on 31 May 2017, The Clewer Initiative’s website to assist dioceses detect the instances of modern day slavery and to care for the victims. The website has some wonderful resources to assist parishes and dioceses as well as individuals to think through suitable responses.

Click this link to visit the site now!: https://www.theclewerinitiative.org/

The Clewer Initiative will be producing a monthly newsletter which anyone can subscribe to. You can also follow The Clewer Initiative on twitter @theclewer

Many thanks, Charles

Dr Charles Reed
Foreign Policy Advisor

Blog: www.reimaginingeurope.co.uk
Twitter: @ReimaginingE

The Church of England
Mission and Public Affairs Division
Church House
Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3AZ

CEC Conference Invitation

The Conference of European Churches (CEC)

is organising a conference on

“Rights under threats – stand up for refugees’ & migrants’ rights”

2-7 July 2017, Palermo, Sicily

for more details see…

“We look forward to hearing from you and of welcoming you to the event.” writes, Charlotte Belot on behalf of Dr Elizabeta Kitanović
Conference of European Churches
Rue Joseph II 174
B-1000 Brussels