The Contextual Theology Centre was founded in 2005 by Christian leaders involved in London Citizens – and over the years, we have provided opportunities for those involved in community organising to root their work more deeply in prayer and theological reflection. As Simon Cuff’s blog reminds us, around the world, congregations both provide the ‘beating heart’ of community organising and can use its practices to help them grow and flourish.
This autumn, CTC is launching three new activities to support churches and Christian leaders in a Citizens UK:
– a termly email with news, events and online resources (the first one is now online);
– a year-long “learning community” with residential training for eight to ten churches each year, focused on congregational development through the practices of community organising
– a termly Christian Leaders’ Caucus for lay and ordained Christians involved in Citizens UK
The termly Caucus will be held at the Hurtado Jesuit Centre, Chandler Street, Wapping E1W 2QT, beginning at 10.30am with coffee and ending with lunch at 1pm (provided by Wapping’s excellent Italian deli!). Each year, one meeting will focus on congregational development, one on theology, and one on a particular Citizens UK campaign.
Our first Caucus will be on Tuesday 30 September, and will focus on Citizens UK’s Social Care Campaign. I will be co-leading it with community organiser Charlotte Fischer, and the meeting will have a mixture of Bible study, campaign news, and ideas for congregational and community engagement. Places are free, but need to be booked by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org