Faithful Neighbours provides Presence and Engagement training for clergy and lay people, equipping them for ministry and mission in our multi-faith diocese. Here is what's available at the moment.
Why should we be Present and Engaged? - Bishop Toby Wednesday 21st November, 10am-12pm, Church House, Leeds Bishop Toby talks about why, as Christians, it is important to be Present and Engaged with other faiths, reflecting on theology and his personal experiences. He will also talk about resources which he has found useful, both Biblical and from elsewhere. Please book a place through Eventbrite: why-should-we-be-present-and-engaged-nov18.eventbrite.co.uk
Engaging with Paganism from a Christian perspective - Revd Paul Cudby and Alison Eve Wednesday 5th December, 2pm-4pm, Leeds Church Institute People in our communities may be exploring spirituality outside of the Church, finding something attractive in Paganism but how can we respond to our Pagan neighbours? Revd Paul Cudby and Alison Eve will reflect upon their experience of immersion in many different Pagan worlds, meeting, befriending and experiencing Pagan beliefs and practices in a spirit of openness and friendly Christian engagement. Revd Paul Cudby's book, 'The Shaken Path: A Christian Priest's Exploration of Modern Pagan Belief and Practice' describes and reflects on the worlds of Wiccans, Witches, Druids, Heathens, Animists and Shamans and gives a critical reflection on what he found. Paul's reserach includes personal story and powerful reflection through an unwavering Christian lens. Please book a place through Eventbrite: engaging-with-paganism-dec18.eventbrite.co.uk
Engaging with New Religious Movements - Anne Richards Thursday 13th December, 10.30am-12.30pm, Leeds Church Institute Most people have heard of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Scientologists, but in the last twenty years there has been an explosion of New Religious Movements, minority religions, sects, personal development movements, DIY religion and alternative spirituality groups. How do we engage with people from such movements, what are the implications for mission, and what happens when people want to import their beliefs and practices into church life? Anne Richards, the Church of England’s National Adviser for Mission Theology, New Religious Movements and Alternative Spiritualities, will provide an overview of the current NRM scene, national principles and practice for engagement with people from NRMs, looking at the opportunities and challenges. We will also look at some actual scenarios and tease out the theological and pastoral issues involved. Please book a place through Eventbrite: engaging-with-new-religious-movements-dec18.eventbrite.co.uk
Freemasonry and the Church of England - Anne Richards Thursday 13th December, 2pm-4pm, Leeds Church Institute In 1987 a General Synod report concluded there were ‘a number of very fundamental reasons to question the compatibility of Freemasonry with Christianity’. That has remained the Church of England’s view on compatibility, but despite this, questions about the relationship between Freemasonry and Christianity remain one of the most contested areas about new religious movements. In this session Anne Richards, the Church of England’s National Adviser for Mission Theology, New Religious Movements and Alternative Spiritualities, will guide us as we look at the history of the Church’s engagement with Freemasonry, compare denominational response, and look at the issues involved in thinking about compatibility. Please book a place through Eventbrite: freemasonry-and-the-church-of-england-dec18.eventbrite.co.uk