Passionate Presence?

Date: 25th January 2018

Time: 10:00 - 15:30

What could ‘mission at the margins’ look like in a time of austerity, Brexit and church growth strategies?

The current political climate has both exposed and deepened many divisions our society: between rich and poor, ‘Brexiteers’ and ‘Remainers’, and along lines of class, race, nationality and faith. What vital aspects of God’s mission do we miss when we concentrate on ‘church growth’? How is mission at ‘the margins’ distorted or hampered when it is driven by ‘centrally’-devised strategies? Are there unacknowledged dynamics of race, class, gender and sexuality lurking underneath our dominant missiologies?

Beginning with some stories from one outer-urban estate in east Birmingham, we will explore together some of these questions, and see if we can develop some theological and practical resources for a different way of thinking and doing mission, as ‘passionate presence’.

Al Barrett is Rector of Hodge Hill Church, in east Birmingham, and lives and works mainly on Firs & Bromford, a 1960s ‘council estate’ which has seen rapid demographic change and an increasing diversity of ethnicities, nationalities and faiths. He has worked closely with the Church Urban Fund and other partners to support the development of thinking and practice around ‘Asset-Based Community Development’, and has recently completed a PhD, developing a ‘radically receptive political theology in the urban margins’.

Venue: Foxhill House and Woodland, Tarvin Road, Frodsham WA6 6XB
Refreshments and lunch will be provided. There is no charge for this event.
To book your place, click on the link below or contact Jane Hood tel: 01928 718834 ext 257

Category: Diocesan Event


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