If you have adversity but also connections to family, community and culture, which are resilience building factors, you're not at any increased risk for bad outcomes. But adversity and poor connections equals significant risk increase.
Breaking The Cycle, reclaiming our humanity
“Many people believe that humans have made great progress and there is no other option than this dehumanizing, anti-life, planet-destroying culture. In a short film, Breaking the Cycle, other options are shown."
The Good Shepherd
A video of a friendly encounter with a shepherd in mountains of the Middle East. They had a chat about the parable of the Good Shepherd and caught it on a 2 minute video. It helps put the parable in the cultural context.
Radical faith in the underground church - 3
The problem with the western model is 'come and see'. That's not what Jesus said. Jesus said, 'go and find'. We don't even see a 'come and see' model - it's all about going and finding the lost. Going where they are.
Dennis Yandi runs a motor spare parts business in Nairobi, Kenya. He shares stories of how the Lord is giving him opportunities to serve Him through the business.
You marry the mission and date the model
"Hey, we're out of the 'Here comes Sunday' rhythm. So what can we do with this time? What can we do with this energy? What can we do digitally? What can we do in the community to be the hands and feet of Jesus?"
The Underground - 2
The Underground now has over 200 microchurches across the city, each with its own distinct ministry - no two the same. What a group of people can do who conceive church in an entirely different way - from the vantage point of mission.
Online - The common good and society
It is sometimes thought that responsibility for the common good falls only upon the state. In fact, the common good also depends on each individual, family and civil society institutions working in harmony, each taking responsibility at the appropriate level. Each has a role, contributing to fraternity and the spiritual and social capital necessary for a healthy society.
At their best, associations, businesses, clubs, churches and other faith groups, charities and other local institutions all play a vital part in promoting the common good, enabling people to find fulfilment together. Looking beyond the Covid crisis, this event will assess the capacity of our institutions to fulfil their responsibilities as we work towards civic renewal.
Examining its strengths and weaknesses across 21st Century Britain, our panel will consider what steps each of us can take, and how public policy can assist, to enable civil society to fulfil its vital role.
Online - Modern Slavery Awareness
This evening event will provide a short overview of modern slavery, where it is operating and how we can spot the signs in our churches, community projects and outreaches.
We will hear from churches that have experience of working with those who may be trafficked or enslaved, and hear simple steps of what we can do if we suspect someone may be vulnerable, has been trafficked or is enslaved.
We will also take time to reflect theologically on the experience of those being trafficked and our responses as people of God, seeking to reflect his heart for justice for the oppressed.
We will have time for questions and discussion at the end of the session, and signposting to more resources, training and support if this is an area of work that you would like more space to explore.
Online - Being Interrupted with authors Al Barrett & Ruth Harley
Al Barrett and Ruth Harley open a door to a creative disruption of the status quo, ‘from the outside, in’: the in-breaking of the wild reality of the ‘Kin-dom’ of God. Through careful and unsettling readings in Mark’s gospel, alongside stories from a multicultural outer estate in east Birmingham, they paint a vivid picture of an ‘alternative economy’ for the Church’s life and mission, which begins with transformative encounters with neighbours and strangers at the edges of our churches, our neighbourhoods and our imaginations, and offers new possibilities for repentance and resurrection.
Online - Urban Village: An Upside Down Gospel for Living in the City
The stoop and the sidewalk helped people stay sane during the COVID-19 lockdown. As life resumes can we hold onto the vision of a "stronger together” village, especially in our densely populated city blocks ?
We invite Christians who are engaged in building back stronger (we might call it hyper-local) neighbourhoods to share ideas and promote the best practice. Some call it the reinvigorated walkable parish.
Join this movement to get Jesus’ followers to turn, face and engage with their actual neighbours, block by block, street by street.
Online - The Gift of Mentoring - Supporting Young People
We are all concerned about the difficulties facing young people as they grow up in a city, but often feel we are powerless to tackle Serious Youth Violence. But we can do things individually that will change our city.
This evening, hosted by the Right Revd Rob Wickham, Bishop of Edmonton will explore what we can do around becoming mentors to our families and young people in our communities.
In our "ones and twos" which can transform lives, if we offer to get alongside one child, young person or parents. If that was spread across the city, even if every church put forward one person to mentor - it would change hundreds of lives, hundreds of households, and make the city safer for our young people.
We'll hear from three organisations offering Mentoring training and support to churches
Online and in person - Churches that Change Communities 2021
@Message Trust, Harper Road, Sharston Industrial Estate, Manchester M22 4RG
While the pace of the vaccine roll-out and the Government’s road map may have given many of us hope for the future, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is far from over, especially for the poorest in our nation.
At the 11th annual Jubilee+ Churches that Change Communities conference, we will be exploring what comes next. With many of our churches already at the forefront of social action and justice in our communities, what will we do if the needs around us rise significantly? How will we support those who were already in poverty and those who have been plunged into it by the economic impact of the pandemic?
Churches all across the country are asking, “What next?” At Jubilee+ we believe it is time to move beyond projects: we want to see people set free from poverty and injustice and empowered to stay free.
The common good and the role of the Government
@Church of St Mary Putney, Putney High Street, London SW15 1SN
Though the family and civil society have their own responsibilities for the common good, there is, of course, a role for the state.
The appropriate role for the state is contested even amongst those who are dedicated to the promotion of the common good. Some argue for a strong, centralised state that guides the economy and explicitly supports civil society and the family. Meanwhile, others prefer a decentralised model, rooted in the renewal of place, and in the revitalising of local and regional institutions. Others believe that only a more hands-off approach will allow civil society and the family the room, freedom and resources to flourish.
Our final panel in the series will investigate the role of government in promoting the common good – from ideas to action.