Our conversations with partner churches and other practitioners indicates an appetite for (1) a more holistic account of the mission of the urban Church – and how it responds faithfully to the call to care for its neighbours, work with them for social justice and share the faith, and (2) a more strategic deployment of the resources of the Church for mission in urban contexts – so that its investments and property, and above all the time of its congregations and their ministers is used most fruitfully.
In response to this need, the Centre is producing three series of pamphlets:
This is a series helping local churches reflect on their mission, and linking such reflection to practical action (click to open PDF)
This is a series which presents research findings about the areas within which the church operates and also about how the church is responding to those. Our aim is to inform churches’ reflection on their mission – what it is and how it should be done
Since 2008, the Centre has been working with the University of Notre Dame to explore the ways in which Christian participation in broad-based community organising helps churches to witness faithfully in a multi-religious society. The first phase of our research, Just Communities: Christian witness in a pluralist society, included a series of seminars with Rowan Williams, Tariq Ramadan and Luke Bretherton – bringing their work into dialogue with local practitioners, and generating resources for local practitioners.
In the second phase of the programme, we are testing out the concept of ‘rooted cosmopolitanism’ by looking at how and why Christians, Muslims and non-religious people work together in community organising – with a particular focus on the way recent migrants and more settled communities discern and negotiate a common good. The outputs of the programme include academic papers and a conference – as well as resources for Christian and Muslim congregations involved in community organising.