Making Sense of the Fragments: Urban Mission Congress, Manchester, 6-8 Sept 2013

Making Sense of the FragmentsWe lead increasingly fragmented lives in fragmented communities and fragmented cities. What part can faith play in bringing the fragments together and creating new sustainable, convivial and humane realities? If you are interested in these questions as someone who lives or works in an urban community, why not come to Manchester for an inspiring weekend of reflection, celebration and inspiration this September?

To find out more and book your place visit www.jitc2013.co.uk

Urban Mission Congress 2013

The UK Urban Mission Congress, held every 3 years in a different city around the United Kingdom.  The 2013 event, Making Sense of the Fragments will be primarily for people involved in urban ministry from Greater Manchester and across the UK, but is also open to anyone interested in learning about or supporting ministry and mission in inner-city and housing estate areas.

Speakers and guests confirmed so far include Dr Tony Campolo, Andy Flannagan, Stuart Murray-Williams, Les Isaac, Marike Hoek and John Haynes.  The programme will include:  ‘Question Time’ event with a panel including GM Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd, Chief Constable Peter Fahy, founder of Street Pastors Les Isaac and Niall Cooper of Church Action on Poverty.  Campolo and Curry.  World Café sessions.  Site visits and much more.

Why Making Sense of the Fragments?

Firstly, the urban context itself is fragmented, and possibly more so than ever, in both social and economic terms. Huge disparities in wealth, income, life experience and opportunity, with rich and poor within the city (and more generally) increasingly living in geographically separate communities and having totally different experiences of what it means to live in the city. Huge diversity in  social, ethnic and religious terms… If we are to do anything in an urban context we need to not just see this fragmented reality (which many of us are fantastically good at not seeing most of the time), but work harder to make sense of it, in terms of mapping the various realities, understanding the connections between the fragments and working out what being seekers of justice (or life in all its fullness) means in this context.

Secondly, we must take seriously the fragmentation of the churches in the urban context (not to say how the churches relate to other faith communities).  In many ways the fragmentation of the churches mirror that of the city itself, with ‘successful wealthy churches’ for the relatively well off and ‘poor struggling churches’ for others. And this is not even to get into the fragmentation born out of theological, institutional or denominational difference….

So how do we make sense of these fragments, not by claiming that ‘our’ response is the ‘right’ one, but by engaging in dialogue which affirms our diversity whilst at the same time creating space for us to come together… For the sake of the city and all who live in her.

To find out more and book your place visit www.jitc2013.co.uk

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s