we had a great evening with ben edson on weds. it was very provocative and challenging. i love what they are doing engaging with the mind body spirit fair in manchester and the search for spirituality that is widespread in the culture. i recorded it on my italk - quality isn't brilliant but if you are inetersted you can download it here (11mb mp3) .
details about the next blah on dec 7. i am looking forward to this. patrick and helen are fab. cathy has recently moved over from new zealand and is quickly becoming a good friend and is well worth coming to meet/hear - she is sharp.
In Light Of Recent Events....
exploring mission in today’s context
In light of recent events please make sure that you take all your baggage with you and if you see any items of left luggage, please report them immediately. Since the London bombings the backpack is no longer innocent, the police are highly visible in all places of public transport and the number of racially motivated crimes has spiralled.
All this to say that context is everything. So what does it mean to engage in mission in today’s context – in a world of global inequalities, enormous human suffering, where many live on less than $US1 per day … you know the stats. What does it mean to live in this sort of world? Does it still touch us? How do we live alongside our neighbour?
Patrick and Helen Mukholi and Cathy Ross will be sparking our conversation at this Blah... Patrick and Helen Mukholi come from Kenya and are CMS mission partners to UK. They live and work with young people in Blackbird Leys in this socially disparaged area in Oxford. Blackbird Leys is one of the largest Estates in Europe with a population of 13500. One wonders what those who create such ghettos were thinking. There are nicely curved villages around with fewer people but more social amenities (including church) and political clout. Yes you know the stats. Cathy Ross comes from Aotearoa/NZ and works for CMS in London. Come and join our conversation as we try to figure out what it means to live in our sort of world, in our particular contexts.
This will be the last Blah... gathering in London for 2005. More to follow next year. Blah... is a series of conversations hosted by CMS on mission, worship, church and Christianity in today’s rapidly changing culture.
Wednesday 7 December | 6:30-8:30pm | Drinks and refreshments provided | Admission free
Venue: CMS partnership house, 157 waterloo road
[Nearest tube Waterloo - follow signs from station to Old Vic. Go past Old Vic and Partnership House is on the same side opposite the ambulance station]
It would help us to know numbers in advance so if you're coming please e-mail elizabeth