Utterly Human: Art, Faith and Failure

Friday 6th-Sunday 8th April 2018
Faith and doubt, folly and failure go together in the stories of Jesus’s disciples, both in any meaningful creative endeavour and in any real life. Using these perspectives, Deborah Lewer explores great and lesser works of visual art from the Middle Ages to the present day, seeing in art’s traitors, doubters, fools and bunglers where wisdom comes of folly, beauty of imperfection and of failure, grace. Anyone with an interest in art and/or faith is very welcome. The weekend is led by Deborah Lewer, Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Glasgow. To view the draft programme for this course, please click hereResidential prices start from £230, non-residential from £160. Discount for clergy and students.
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The Meditatio Centre, St Mark’s Church, Myddelton Square, London EC1R 1XX
The Light in the Stone, led by Sarah Deco with live music
Thursday 19th April, 6.30-9.00 pm. Cost £15, Concessions £10. Light refreshments provided.
The Light in the Stone weaves together tales from the three Abrahamic faiths drawing from the oral traditions, stories and legends of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. With live music by Illana Cravitz and Elizabeth Nott. Sarah is a storyteller who tells myths, fairytales and folktales. She has a long connection with Arabic music and dance as a teacher and performer. She is the founder and co-organiser of The North London Traditional Storytelling Circle and tells stories in a variety of venues aiming always to provoke and facilitate sharing and discussion. 
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For a full list of events visit the Meditatio Centre website.


Active Church: a church leader’s guide to community transformation


Friday 27 April 10am-5pm - click here to buy tickets

A one-day event for leaders to witness the difference a community
church is making in inner-city London and learn practical lessons
to change their own communities.

"A great day, very inspiring and relevant" - "Wonderful!" "Helpful and informative" - "An epic day, thank you!" 
Feedback from last Active Church day

A local church should be at the heart of its community, but how can church leaders, typically overworked and under-resourced, begin to turn their church into the transforming force they believe God has called it to be? How can they build a rapport with community stakeholders who might inherently distrust them? How can they balance all of this with the competing demands of a congregation who are not necessarily even sympathetic to this agenda?

Active Church is a one-day conference that allows church leaders to come together, hear from experts in the field of community development, debate thorny issues and obstacles and witness the difference that a community church is making in inner-city London.

Hosted by Rev Steve Chalke, each leader will walk away with an action plan that sets out the first steps in taking their church from an effective congregation to a missional force of social transformation.

The day will include:
- An overview from Steve Chalke and other leaders about the role of Oasis Church Waterloo
- Training and coaching on how to focus a congregation on the needs of their community
- First-hand experience of successful community projects, with advice and pitfalls to avoid
- A ‘community clinic’ that will help you look at the needs of your church and devise a SMART action plan
- The chance to build relationships with other leaders in the same situation and with the same mission
- Plenty of opportunities to ask questions to Steve and the other Oasis Church Waterloo leaders about the work of Oasis Church Waterloo and its application to your community
- A chance to look round some of our work

Tickets are £70, and our last Active Church day sold out with weeks to spare, so buy quickly!  Click here to buy tickets or for more information, please email Oasis.

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Religious Freedom in UK Education - Conversations about being Human
Revd Dr. Helen Hall
Chester Cathedral
Thursday 17th May 2018 7.30pm

How much scope should parents and schools have in deciding the content and presentation of information to children? Debates about RE and assemblies, what about science, Creationism, ethics, sex education, literature, history affect all learners, but potentially have a particular impact on girls and women.  Do we need to re-think the current balance of conflicting interests?

Helen is an Anglican priest and legal academic, with a particular interest in Law and Religion, Human/Children's Rights and Tort.  She is also Chair of the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals.  In her spare time she likes ballet, history, cake and all things Spanish. Helen is a project lead with the ‘Religion, law and the constitution project’.

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Rob Bell - The Holy Shift Tour July 2018

This July, Rob Bell returns to the UK for the Holy Shift Tour. Blending philosophy, comedy, theology and subversive insight, he explores what it looks like for us to reclaim the word HOLY in all its hidden depth to help us make sense of the modern world: 

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