Church of the Brethren public webcasts and recordings
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Unless otherwise noted, participating in a live webinar earns CEU, 0.1 for an hour or 0.15 for an hour and a half event.
How might families explore and nurture faith together when they face daily challenges of time, having the family together, changing lifestyle patterns and needs as children get older and others? What does the ‘family context’ mean and what role does the extended church family play?
The webinar will focus on the life change of people in urban communities, both residents and ministry workers. We will explore understandings of transformation and consider hopes and expectations for ministry in urban communities. The webcast visits stories of transformation arising from Ruddick's research project and consider ministry practices that best enable transformation in the lives of urban people.
Family ministry has seen an unprecedented rise across the church in the UK in recent years. Increasing numbers of workers and congregations are seeking more holistic ways of working with parents, children and young people. This webinar will consider the current shape and formation of family ministry, exploring the various methods taken to engage with families. It will also reflect on how this work can be developed and supported in the future with particular reference to how the church may stand alongside families as they face the challenges of today’s society.
Throughout history, Atheism has been marked by a subversion of gods of the state. As such, from classical Greece, Imperial Rome and Medieval Christendom, Atheism was a criminal charge. After the European Reformations (16th Century), Atheism became a term of abuse and after the Enlightenment (18th Century) it became a badge of honor. In the postmodern era (21st Century) Atheism has become a measure of religious orthodoxy. The more domesticated Atheism has become, the more it has lost its subversive element, climaxing today in the endorsement of the very type of state activity it once opposed.
Many people working and living in poorer communities have recognized the damage caused by projects designed to fix people. In response alternative approaches have developed focusing on drawing alongside people and working together with the local community. This approach comes with some challenges provoking a number of questions: What are we achieving really? What ways enable us to deal with the pain when unable to correct challenging situations? Where is God in these encounters?
The webinar explores responses to these challenges before considering how restorative justice principles and practices inform us about the work of drawing alongside others.
The final webinar of the Family Matters series will seek to pull strands together, exploring how family life is woven from a complex blend of celebration, transition and tragedy. It will seek to offer models of how the wider church community can help to strengthen and support families when they are fraying at the edges. Finally, it will help participants reflect on the many aspects of family explored during the series and consider what are the challenges facing them in their own situations.
Whatever is happening in history, whatever deals are struck between the Church and the state, whether a Christian voice is increasingly heard or marginalized in the arenas of power, God remains God and that is good news. At least it is so long as God remains God and not some being, even a supreme being. God after Christendom revisits the long tradition of Christian speech about God with the conviction that in scripture and in the history of Christian reflection on these matters there are rich resources for faithful discipleship that enable us to confront the contemporary temptations that too often unwittingly re-make God in our own image. Beginning with the biblical witness, the presenters explore some classic Christian affirmations and argue that they remain crucial for reflection on how we speak of God today, and subsequently move on to explore issues of evil and suffering and why faith in the Triune God inexorably leads to worship and peace.
Recorded webcasts and webinars
Past webcasts and webinars can be found in our archive.