About the Community Organising and Holistic Mission Strategies course
How can embracing community organising as a spiritual practice enhance and reshape holistic mission, whatever our context? And what are the implications of this for ordained and lay ministry?
One of three online community organising breakfast conversations. The next two sessions are 20 May (Church Growth) & 8 October (Justice, Not Just a Charity).
Join us for morning prayer, followed by an opportunity to share your breakfast in theological discussion and reflection with others. This event is organised in partnership with Citizens UK (www.citizensuk.org)
Community Organising in the UK is a fast-growing methodology for working through diverse alliances for change and justice in our communities. But it is also a potent force for leadership development, vocational discernment and congregational development and growth. In this session we will dig deeply into a relational and missional theology that challenges the ‘world as it is’; works towards the ‘world as it should be’; enabling us to see where and how God is at work in our communities. We will also explore how our assumptions about and patterns of ministry, lay and ordained, can be reassessed and transformed.
About the facilitators
Alison Webster is a practical and mission theologian who offers spiritual accompaniment. She is General Secretary of Modern Church, and leads the Exploring Theology programme at Sarum. An experienced group and workshop facilitator, Alison has a particular passion for using the arts to encourage personal and social transformation. She has written widely on social justice, community organising and social action within an Anglican context for many years and is of Methodist heritage. Alison has published four books, most recently, Found Out: Transgressive Faith and Sexuality, along with numerous articles and resource books. She is founder (and now emeritus) editor of two international journals, Theology and Sexuality, and Political Theology.
Keith Hebden spent 7 years as a Secondary School teacher in Leicester and then London where he was Head of R.E. then trained at to be a priest in the Church of England, serving in Gloucester and Mansfield. He then spent two years as Director of the Urban Theology Unit before retraining as a Community Organiser – work he was engaged in since 2009 – and now supports a team of organisers who work with Thames Valley Citizens and a national Living Wage campaign.