Christ, crisis, transformation: Conversations with Graham Ward, 12-13 November 2010

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THE CHRISTIAN GOSPEL AND CHANGING THE SOCIAL IMAGINARY

(Open Session)

Friday 12 November 2010, 8.00 – 10.00pm, Luther Centre

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Whilst the stock market and exchange rates have recently hit record levels, and plans to boost our economy were announced with much fanfare, there is talk of a property “bubble” and skepticism on the delivery mechanism.

Even as the government proposes an interfaith committee, right-wing lobbyists continue drawing attention with their unchecked aggression. In these times of crises, we find no shortage of concepts and slogans on which to pin our hopes, promises of change and transformation – economic growth, globalisation, civil society, political reforms, interfaith dialogue – these and many more continue to capture our imagination, define our social imaginary.

Yet how are we to discern the signs of the times? How can we understand what is broken in our society and what makes it tick? How can the gospel bring true transformation to our situation? What shapes or defines our Christian Hope or Imaginary? Ultimately, what acts of fidelity does the Gospel of Jesus Christ demand of us in these trying times?

THIS EVENT IS FREE

Luther Centre, No.6 Jalan Utara, Petaling Jaya (Next to Hospital Mata Tun Hussein Onn), Opposite/Near Asia Jaya LRT Station)

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THE POLITICS OF DISCIPLESHIP (Seminar)

Saturday 13 November 2010, 10.00am – 12.30pm, Luther Centre PJ:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer asked “Who is Jesus Christ for us today?” Indeed, what does it mean for us to truly be his disciples in our time and place? For some of us such questions are a constant struggle as we wrestle with life’s challenges, whilst for others it is more a matter of doing what we know or think is right.

No matter where you are on this spectrum, there is a great need to understand what it means to be the church in our society and what it means to be followers of Christ today. How do we interact with culture at large, how do we deal with its politics? From here, we can then begin to explore the question “What do we do now?”

Doors open 9.30am for morning tea & coffee

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS SEMINAR (FEE OF RM10). PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO friendsinconversation@gmail

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GRAHAM WARD is Professor of Contextual Theology and Ethics at The University of Manchester, and head of School of Arts, Histories and Cultures.

Professor Ward’s current research encompasses Christian social ethics, political theory and cultural hermeneutics and he is the co-director of the Centre for Religion and Political Culture. Books he has authored include Cities of God, Cultural Transformation and Religious Practice, Political Discipleship and Religion and Political Thought (with Dr Michael Hoezl).

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Jointly Organised by Friends in Conversation (FIC) & Seminari Theoloji Malaysia (STM)

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