Harvest and Green Fingers

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Nick Tatchell has blogged on harvest and how different it is from when he was a child:

It’s Harvest Festival time of year. The harvest festivals of my childhood saw the altar of our small village church laden with sheaves of corn, mounds of green beans, ripe-red tomatoes, carrots, apples, pears (was everyone an Alan Titchmarsh-grade gardener back then?). These days our church altar is more likely to be laden with tins of soup, beans or other ‘non-perishables’ that we pass on to our local food bank: all very worthy, but where are the vibrant hotchpotch of colours and the raw-earth smells of my childhood?

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Want to help young people start work well?

Want to help young people start work well?

Great news! Second round applications for September’s Changing Light are now open:

Changing Light is our new weekend experience for people in their first years of working life or preparing to start work.
At this vital life stage, it’s an opportunity to:

  • Experience God’s love as workers and catch his exciting vision for work.
  • Dose up on fellowship and prayer and be commissioned at the start of working life.
  • Hear stories of how others have done great things for Christ in their work and experienced the odd failure along the way too.
  • Receive input and encouragement from those further along similar career paths.
  • Prepare for and celebrate the start of this vocational life.

Many people have told us that they wish they’d had something to help them through the transition into work. Changing Light meets that need. Do you know someone who might benefit?

Where: Camping in the beautiful fields of Latimer Minster, Bucks, HP9 2XD

When: Friday 9 September to Sunday 11 September, 2016

How much:  £80 (including food)

There are just 50 places available so pass on this link licc.org.uk/changinglight for all the details and to register interest by 18th July.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like a high quality version of the film below to show in your church.
Blessings,
Jen Logan

LICC Contemporary Projects Leader

The Queen’s Christian faith

 

HOPE - The QueenIn her 2014 Christmas broadcast the Queen said:

‘For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life. A role-model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretched out his hands in love, acceptance and healing. Christ’s example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people of whatever faith or none.’

It is the most recent of many public references the Queen has made to her Christian faith.

In 2016 people around the county and throughout the Commonwealth will gather in their communities to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Her actual birthday on 21 April will be celebrated with

  • four days of celebrations in Windsor 12-15 May;
  • a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 10 June;
  • the traditional trooping the colour ceremony – the Queen’s birthday parade – on Saturday 11 June in Horse Guards Parade, and
  • a massive street party for 10,000 people on The Mall on Sunday 12 June.

The whole country is invited to join the celebrations in our own villages, towns or cities. HOPE is working in partnership with Bible Society and the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity to publish a very special book focusing on the Queen’s Christian faith.

The Servant Queen – and the King she serves: This beautifully illustrated short book uses the Queen’s own words to draw out the central role of her trust in Jesus Christ, offering us all an inspiring, multi-faceted insight into a life well-lived for others.

Find out more here.

Milton Jones on comedy and Christianity

Milton Jones

The LICC have done a fascinating interview with comedian Milton Jones:

Comedians are well-known for mocking religion; do you think Christianity and comedy can happily coexist? 

It’s easy to see the church as a sort of bullied boy in the playground that won’t fight back. But God is big enough to take criticism or take a joke. There’s something pretty insecure about feeling the need to do God’s work or protect him. I did do a video a little while ago about the weirdness of Christianity, but honestly within comedy people don’t actually hate Christianity. They hate two-dimensional reactionary Christianity, but there’s actually quite a softness towards ‘thinking’ Christianity. Comedy is full of people who used to go to church but couldn’t quite go along with the whole package because it was too jingoistic. I know a heck of a lot of people in comedy whose parents were clergy or missionaries. Ultimately a lot of comedy is dealing with the truth, about life and what it’s all about. The same is true of faith. That said, I do still try and be sensitive when I make jokes about it and even after all these years I’m still trying to pin down what I feel comfortable with. I don’t really have any hard-and-fast rules, it’s more about instinct. Sometimes words written down can look fine, but it’s the way in which you say them and vice versa.

Do go and read the rest of the interview.

John Stott London Lecture 2015

John Stott London Lecture

Intertwined Roots: Nourishing Radical Discipleship in Today’s Global Church and World

For the 2015 annual John Stott London Lecture Ruth Padilla DeBorst will be speaking on the importance of connectedness as disciples of Christ and citizens of the Kingdom.

Giant Redwood trees can grow for a thousand years to enormous heights. The roots of individual trees, however, are surprisingly small. These impressive trees can stand and grow because their roots are intertwined in an intimate network that sustains and nourishes them all.

In a world bent on limitless and unsustainable growth, where leaders and churches are enticed to pursue status, wealth and image, the challenge facing followers of Jesus from North and South, East and West, is to nourish the intimate, intertwined roots of radical discipleship as citizens of God’s Kingdom and promoters of God’s justice.

Ruth Padilla DeBorst has been involved in leadership development and theological education for integral mission in her native Latin America for many years. She serves on the board of the Latin American Theological Fellowship and on the Networking Team of the International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation (INFEMIT), which is connected with the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS).

The John Stott London Lecture is organised by representatives of All Souls Langham Place, A Rocha, Langham Partnership International and the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

Date and time: Thursday 12 November 2015, 6.30pm

Venue: All Souls Church, Langham Place, London

Cost: £5 (including light refreshments)

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Job opportunity: Young adults project leader at LICC

LICC Job Opportunity

Check out this job opportunity from LICC:

Do you want to see young adults energised about the work they do and confident that God can work in and through them every day? Are you concerned that many young adults struggle to make the transition from education to the workplace with their faith in one piece? If these questions resonate, then we might be looking for you.

We’re searching for the right person to lead our Young Adults Project as a full-time member of the LICC team, based in central London.

Young Adults Project Leader

The Young Adults Project Leader role is crucial in helping us grow the impact of what’s been achieved through LICC’s WorkForum over the last couple of years. You’ll help us to discern and speak into the cultural context of 18-30s Christians in the UK, working alongside our WorkForum Director to develop, test and deliver resources that will encourage and equip this generation as they enter working life. With opportunities to influence LICC’s wider wisdom and product development, you’ll also help us to grow LICC’s engagement with 18-30s through special live events and increased online activity.

LICC views this as a highly significant role, so we would want to invest in the successful applicant, helping them to develop their skills and grow through a wide range of experiences.

Take a look at the job description, terms and conditions and how to apply – have a think, pray and maybe pass it on … if the job is not for you, it might be for someone you know.

Applications close at midday on 6th May 2014.