Church of the Brethren public webcasts and recordings
This initial webinar in the Family Matters series will explore what it means to be family; it will view family life through a sociological lens to identify what matters to families and why families matter to society; it will be an opportunity to reflect upon the hot issues impacting upon family life and to consider the complexities of engaging with and supporting families in our communities.
The first part of the webinar will look at Biblical and Historical perspectives on family. Then, after looking at the story of the Man Who Planted Trees (as a metaphor of hope) , we will consider current contexts of how families enable children to read the Bible. One of the aims of this webinar is to encourage those who have children in their care to look more carefully at how they interpret meaning from Scripture.
An assessment of urban mission in the 21st century by means of a Black theological analysis, offering critical reflections on the challenges of undertaking urban mission and the postcolonial realities to be found across the global north, where issues of plurality and power abound, within the all-enveloping shadow of empire.
Anthony Reddie is a Tutor in Christian Theology and Coordinator for Community Learning at Bristol Baptist College. He has a BA in History and a Ph.D. in Education (with Theology), both degrees conferred by the University of Birmingham. He has written over 60 essays and articles on Christian Education and Black theology in Britain. He is the author and editor of 15 books. His more recent titles include Is God Color Blind?: Insights from Black Theology for Christian Ministry (SPCK, 2009) and Black Theology, Slavery, and Contemporary Christianity (Edited - Ashgate, 2010), The SCM Guide to Black Theology,(SCM, 2012) and Churches, Blackness and Contested Multiculturalism (co-edited, R. Drew Smith, William Ackah and Anthony G. Reddie, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). He is editor of Black Theology: An International Journal, the only academic periodical in Black Theology in the world. He is also the co-editor of the ‘Cross Cultural Theologies’ book series for Acumen publishing.
This seminar explores how and why we should use sharing food to both practise hospitality and build up Christian community, whether at house-group or congregational level. Reference will also be made to the style of hospitality and food-sharing which ‘eating Jesus-style’ demands.
This webinar will unpack some of Martin’s research into Messy Church in challenging rural areas, and offer reflections on ways forward for family ministry in areas of deprivation, be those urban or rural. The session will look at examples of good practice as well as explore some of the significant differences between family ministry in challenging areas as compared to those in more affluent communities, and will also look at the five key values of Messy Church, namely hospitality, creativity, celebration, all age and Christ-centredness.
The Bible is regarded as a classic of Western civilization but today is hardly read and its contents are not well known. Christendom used primarily the Old Testament as a foundation for statecraft and marginalized the teachings of Jesus. This webinar will draw from Lloyd’s book with the same title and will explore ways of reading the Bible that take seriously the teaching and example of Jesus.
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?
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.
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
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