Partners and Protagonists - a weekend event

Partners and Protagonists - a weekend event

With our friends from Glasgow-based Thinking Allowed we invite you to join a discussion about how progressive Christians can be in partnership with others in the cause of a better society.

  • Start Date: Friday 17th November 2017
  • Location: Cairns Church, 11 Buchanan Street, Milngavie, Glasgow, G62 8AW
  • Phone: 0141 956 4868
  • Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Speakers: Adrian Alker
  • Host: Thinking Allowed
  • Cost: £20 for the w/e. Day tickets available.
  • Website: www.cairnschurch.org.uk
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With our friends from Glasgow-based Thinking Allowed we invite you to join a discussion about how progressive Christians can be in partnership with others in the cause of a better society.

Cairns Church, 11 Buchanan Street, Milngavie, Glasgow, G62 8AW office@cairnschurch.org.uk true DD/MM/YYYY amUKCtzpuzZiICBvjmDt18702

Although we hope that many will set aside the time to participate over the whole weekend, we do realise that this might be difficult for some, and it will therefore be possible to select appropriate events.   Lunch on Saturday is included in the price of the ticket.

Day 1: Friday 17 November 7.30 pm for 8 pm

Speaker: Adrian Alker, Chair of PCN Britain

Lecture: "Partners and Protagonists"

As an introduction to the weekend event, Adrian will examine three ‘border areas’ which might be seen as offering positive insights into how a progressive Christian faith can be in partnership with others, as opposed to a negative relationship. The three boundaries are between:

  • Humanism and Theism 
  • Christianity and a World of Other Faiths and Ideologies 
  • Church and Society

The content of Adrian's lecture will form the basis for the plenary sessions which will take place over the next day, Saturday 18 November.  A glass of wine or soft drink will be served from 7.30 pm

Day 2: Saturday 18 November 10.00 am for 10.30 am

Following the lecture given on the Friday evening, Day 2 provides an opportunity, in groups and plenary, to discuss the three subjects of the lecture in more detail, responding to questions such as :

  • Does being ‘fully human’ invite or dispel the notion of ‘God’?
  • Can different images and meanings of ‘God’ be of help to ‘non-believers’?
  • Does human society create and shape God or is it the other way around?
  • Is religion a help or a hindrance to human flourishing?
  • Can a ‘Golden Rule’ principle help to promote interfaith dialogue and harmony?
  • What are the obstacles to a more positive relationship between Christianity and other faiths and ideologies?
  • On balance does society benefit from the presence of churches?
  • What are the sticking points for church – society integration?

Outline Programme

10.00 Registration/coffee

10.30 Welcome from Rev Andrew Frater

10.45 Introduction to the day by Adrian Alker

11.00 Session 1: Humanism and Theism

12.15 Break

12.30 Lunch (cost included within the ticket price)

13.45 Session 2: Christianity and a World of Other Faiths and Ideologies

15.00 Break

15.15 Session 3: Church and Society

16.30 Summary and Finish

Day 3: Sunday 19 November 10.45 am

All are welcome to the Morning Service at Cairns led by Rev Andrew Frater. The address will be given by Adrian Alker: "The Church We Never Knew"

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