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Andrew Grinnell
19 November - Andrew Grinnell
Just Friendship

In this webinar we will discuss the nature of the relationships we seek to build with people in low-income areas. We will explore how the virtues of justice and hope may be expressed within these relationships.

Andrew Grinnell is learning what it means to find Jesus and follow him on an estate in East Leeds. He moved there with his family and some friends in 2006 seeking to be good neighbors for and with local people. Through acts of hospitality and developing alternative initiatives they hope to discover peace and justice in their neighborhood. Andrew is involved in developing a number of initiatives across Leeds that seek to address poverty and inequality. He is helping to establish Leeds Citizens, and is project manager for the Leeds Poverty Truth Challenge. He teaches on training programs and at various conferences and events around the UK and is a research student at St John’s in Durham.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Nigel Pimlott
‘Youth Work after Christendom’ – revisited

Mission and work with young people has undergone significant transformation since the publication of Youth Work After Christendom back in 2008. Great strides have been made. There has been an emergence of a post-Christendom narrative as pioneers and prophets have begun to dance to a new missional tune. However, for many people in churches, it is still about getting young people’s bums on seats on a Sunday. The Christendom mindset is alive and well and continues to unhelpfully inform far too much Christian-motivated work with young people. This webinar will reflect back on the original 2008 book and consider models of mission with young people based upon symbiosis, social justice and explorations of new uncharted waters.

Dr. Nigel Pimlott is passionate about work with young people. He has worked for Frontier Youth Trust for many years and offers a wealth of experience and insight about faith, mission and the world we live in. He is author of a number of books and youth work resources, and is just about to have published, ‘Embracing the Passion’ – a book about Christian Youth Work and Politics. He is married to Sue, spends far too long on Facebook, and is a life-long supporter of Manchester City.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - Andrew Francis
Hospitality and Community after Christendom

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.

Andrew Francis is a community theologian, published poet and writer of several books, including Hospitality & Community After Christendom (2012), Anabaptism: Radical Christianity (2011) and What in God's Name Are You Eating (2014). He was the UK Anabaptist Network’s first Development Worker and served as executive vice-chair of the UK Mennonite Trust until 2013.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - Lloyd Pietersen
Reading the Bible after Christendom

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.

Lloyd Pietersen has a PhD from Sheffield in Biblical Studies and has written extensively on the Pastoral Epistles. He is currently writing a book on the spirituality of the Pastorals. He was formerly Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University of Gloucestershire and is currently a Research Fellow at Bristol Baptist College and serves on the Steering Group of the Center for Anabaptist Studies. He has been treasurer of the Anabaptist Network for many years.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - Simon Perry
Atheism after Christendom

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.

Simon Perry is Chaplain to Robinson College, University of Cambridge. He is author of Atheism after Christendom: Disbelief in an Age of Encounter. His other publications include the historical fiction, All Who Came Before (2011) and theological monograph, Resurrecting Interpretation: Technology, Hermeneutics and the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (2012) and Jesus for Humanists (2014). He is currently writing about Olympian gods in both Archaic Greece and the 21st Century West.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - Brian Haymes and Kyle Gingerich Hiebert
God after Christendom

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.

Brian Haymes is a Baptist minister who has served in several pastorates, the last being Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, London. He has been Principal of the Northern Baptist College, Manchester and Bristol Baptist College.

Kyle Gingerich Hiebert is a Canadian Mennonite who holds a PhD in theology from the University of Manchester.

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