Date: Thursday 14th November 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Cost: £10 which will include lunch
Venue: Church House Oxford, Langford Locks, Kidlington, OX5 1GF
Being good news for our communities is at the heart of mission and evangelism. But how do we do it?
This day will explore key principles of community development and some of the theological issues which frame our decision making. We will explore:
* Why do we reach out to our communities? What are we trying to achieve?
* What tools are there for understanding our communities better; how important are they?
* If we discover needs, is it our role to meet them?
* When we work with ‘partners for peace’ in our communities (of other faiths and of ‘none’), how might our identity be challenged, and how do we respond?
* What might community outreach mean to our discipleship?
* Where does ‘growing the church’ fit in?
Alison Webster is the Deputy Director of Mission (Social Responsibility) for the Diocese of Oxford. She is author of Wellbeing (SCH Press, 2002), and You are Mine: Reflections on who we are (SPCK 2009). She is chair of the charity Amaka Beautiful Child, which works towards personal and social transformation through poetry, art, music and drama.
Jane Perry is part of a micro-local community in Lewes who are exploring what it might mean for everyone to live well where we are. Jane combines a professional background in social research with a passion for local theology and contemporary mission – including supporting churches, charities and community groups with listening, reflection and evaluation. She is currently studying for an MA with the Church Mission Society’s Pioneer Leader training course.
Al Barrett is an Anglican vicar in Hodge Hill, East Birmingham, where he’s involved with a grassroots journey of community-building in his neighbourhood. His PhD reflects on the journey so far, and he is seeking to develop ‘a radically receptive political theology in the urban margins’.