Adrian Alker on Jesus Shaped Church - Christian Shaped Lives
This is a PCN day conference led by Adrian Alker who has been a trustee of PCN Britain for many years. Starting with a faith centred on the historical Jesus, he examins the emergence of a Church-shaped Christianity and looks forward to a Jesus-shaped church and its contribution to a Christian-shaped life.
- Start Date:
- Saturday 15th September 2012
- Start Time:
- Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Ave., London WC2H 8EP
- Andy Vivian
- 01594 516528
- Rev'd Adrian Alker, founder of the Centre for Radical Christianity at St Marks Sheffield
- PCN members £8, non-members £10
Adrian Alker has been a Church of England priest for 32 years. His present post is Director of Mission Resourcing in the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds. Having been greatly influenced by the work of the Jesus Seminar, Adrian set up the St Marks Centre for Radical Christianity in Sheffield, which continues to welcome theologians, writers and speakers from across the UK and beyond. Adrian was made an honorary canon of Sheffield Cathedral in 2005 and in 2008 received an honorary degree from the University of Sheffield for his services to the community.
Adrian believes that all churches can be places of welcome, inclusion, healing and challenge, unafraid to ask the big questions and committed to following the Kingdom teachings and practices of Jesus. He is is currently convenor of the editorial group which publishes a series of Christian resources under the general title ‘Together in Hope’ and has written a book in that series entitled ‘Christmas: Ancient Meanings, Modern Faith’. Despite all its shortcomings, Adrian will share his belief that churches of all traditions and denominations can be channels of the transforming love of God as seen in Jesus. In dialogue with conference members Adrian hopes that this day will be one of mutual learning and encouragement.
10.30 am Arrivals, coffee
11.00 am A Jesus Shaped Faith, talk followed by small group discussion
12.00 Refreshment break
12.30 noon A Church Shaped Christianity, talk and discussion
1.30 pm Lunch
2.15 pm A Jesus Shaped Church, talk and discussion
3.15 pm A Christian Shaped Life, talk and discussion
4.15 pm Depart
The day will involve listening and learning from each other. The talks will be about 25 minutes in length and the discussion which follows will be kept informal. Adrian will have copies of his talks available at the end of the day.
There will also be a small bookshop, selling titles from the Together in Hope series and PCN resources. Cash/cheques only for these sales. The church is 5 mins walk from Tottenham Court tube station. Please bring a packed lunch. Drinks, hot and cold will be provided.