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Report: Overlaps and common issues in rural and urban contexts

Churches Together in England Urban and Rural Forum Meeting 11 August 2017 at CTE Tavistock Square, London

“Christians in urban and rural areas have discovered similarities and links across the different contexts in which they work. Following informal discussions about cross-overs and the implications for ministry, Churches Together in England convened and hosted a meeting for members of the Churches Rural Group and the Urban Forum. Chaired by Rev Dr David Cornick (General Secretary of CTE), it provided an opportunity to listen to one another’s experience, share information and identify overlaps, common ground and potential areas for collaboration in future work. A number of common issues that have wider implications emerged from the case studies, stories and experiences shared.”

To study the rest of this report follow this link!

Day Conference on Resource Churches for Rural Areas

Day Conference on Resource Churches for Rural Areas

10.30 am for 11 am – 4 pm, Tuesday 28 November 2017

At the Church Army, Wilson Carlile Centre, Sheffield

There will be a wide range of speakers including practitioners, with plenty of opportunity for discussion and sharing expertise and ideas.

Cost: £48.00

Book now using this link…

Rural Resource Churches

A day conference to learn more about and explore the opportunities for resource churches in rural areas of England. There will be plenty of time for discussion and opportunity to hear from those who are already working in this way. Confirmed speakers include Rachel Jordan-Wolf (Mission and Evangelism), Stephen Mawditt (Fountains of Life), Pete Atkins (Threshold), Barry Hill (Leicester) and the Church Army Research Unit. There will be a short video of the story of Latimer Minster. Full programme to follow. We are making use of the wonderful hospitality of the Church Army Wilson Carlile Centre in Sheffield, 10.30 am for 11 am start, with the day finishing at 4 pm. A hot lunch will be provided.

Canon Dr Jill Hopkinson
National Rural Officer
Mission and Public Affairs, Archbishops’ Council
c/o Germinate: Arthur Rank Centre
Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth
Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

500th Anniversary of the Reformation!

95 Missional Theses!

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! Continue reading 500th Anniversary of the Reformation!

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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Calling People of Goodwill

The Bible Reading Fellowship

Calling People of Goodwill: The Bible and the Common Good

We are living in turbulent times – with religious, political and social divisions challenging our identity and common life. So what kinds of conversation and encounter will help us move forward? The common good is a means to seek the welfare of all people and this new Booklet from Bible Society in collaboration with Together for the Common Good, explores how Christians of all traditions, can build the common good – both now, and for future generations.

Looking at what the Bible can show us about the common good, we have chosen six short passages from the Old and New Testaments which prompt reflection, discussion, prayer and action.

It isn’t easy to respond to God’s call to live for the common good. It requires us to be people with the courage to ‘stay in the room’, negotiate and keep dialogue going by recognising the humanity of everyone, including those with whom we disagree. This is a Booklet for our times.

 

Calling People of Goodwill: The Bible and the Common Good

Available @ £3.99 from: biblesociety.org.uk/commongood

Follow us on social media using: #commongood

Bible Fellowship

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