...The World to Come…?

St Marks Centre for Radical Christianity invites you to this spring conference which addresses some of the major threats which we face as global citizens. How can people of faith respond to the challenges posed by some of the root causes of conflict and insecurity in our contemporary society?

Start Date:
Saturday 25th April 2009
Start Time:
9:00AM
Location:
246
Contact:
Christine Alker
Phone:
0845 6434694
Email:
info@stmarkscrc.co.uk
Speakers:
Paul Rogers, Simon Barrow, Philip Austin, Claire Kumar
Cost:
£10 non-members, £8 CRC and PCN members, £2 students
Website:
http://www.stmarkscrc.co.uk

The day will examine the interrelating issues around militarisation in the face of terrorism, financial insecurity and the competition over resources. Can the major world religions offer positive ways forward? How does a radical understanding of the Christian faith bear upon these global issues? How can we bring about change?

Paul Rogers is one of this country’s leading experts on global security issues and is a regular commentator in both the national and international media and is the author of 20 books. (www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk)

Simon Barrow is co-director of Ekklesia, a leading theological think tank. From 2000-2005 Simon was global mission secretary for the official ecumenical body Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. (www.ekklesia.co.uk)

Philip Austin works for the Northern Friends Peace Board, a group of Quakers committed to the active promotion of peace in all its height and breadth. (www.nfpb.gn.apc.org)

Claire Kumar is the Senior advocacy officer for economic justice in the Latin America and Caribbean department of Christian Aid.

For the final session there will be a panel to answer questions arising from the day.

During the day there will be the opportunity in smaller groups to reflect in depth around two of three subject areas: theological/biblical background, militarization and peace, the challenges facing the majority world.

On Friday evening plans are in hand for CRC members to meet for a social time (more details later) and on Sunday, Simon Barrow will preach at the 10am Parish Communion at St Mark’s.

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