Reflection

Protest4

date OCTOBER 10
date Si Johnston (UK)

It is estimated by the UN that 2 to 4 million people are trafficked each year. 500,000 of these are women from all over the world who find their destination in Western Europe. But it’s OK, because on a national level we’re focussed on the laudable task of ‘nation building’; a necessary corollary to declaring war on an international axis of evil. Or is it OK? Recent research by Granada culminating in what is set to become one of the most powerful pieces of drama shown on TV, Sex Traffic, is numbing. But it’s better to be numbed and conscious…

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Do you have any principles?

date OCTOBER 10
date Richard Sudworth (UK)

What are the most important principles that underlie the emerging church? Based on substantial research among emerging church groups in South Wales, Richard Sudworth proposes the following... Whether you agree, disagree, or want to make some more suggestions, let us know on the discussion boards... TAKE THE LONG VIEWA constant thread in all these discussions has been the need for churches to invest for the long term as they step out with new forms of mission. The results are not instantaneous and require commitment, patience and the struggle born out of genuineness not expedience PARTNERSHIPAlmost without exception, these case studies exemplify…

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On the Outside, looking in?

date OCTOBER 10
date Richard Sudworth (UK)

It is interesting how spending time in another country can give you a new perspective on your home culture. Since visiting North Africa, a region with a small and struggling Christian witness, it has been revealing to review the nature of the Church’s engagement with the post-Christian culture in Britain... It is taken for granted that those involved in mission in North Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere, would seek to learn the language, avoid the pitfalls of certain clothing or gestures and search for cultural reference points in communication. Thankfully, most people and organisations with a heart to see…

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