The 10th gathering for Church Mission Society’s annual Conversations Day will focus on sustainability and lasting change in mission.
Keynote speakers will address vital questions around sustainable mission, community and service, and ask, “How can mission, church and communities thrive and survive in a such a challenging time of social, economic and spiritual upheaval?”
Israel Oluwole Olofinjana, Director of the Evangelical Alliance’s One People Commission, will explore ideas that help us develop a sustainable planet. Author and educator Alison Webster will speak on building sustainable communities, urging Christians to prioritise human connection and sustainability over growth, especially in respect of evangelism, mission and community development.
Janet Williams, vice-principal of St Hild College in Yorkshire and author of Seeking the God Beyond, will suggest different ways to thrive as we grow in faith.
Picking up themes such as sustainable economy, sustainable planet, sustainable church and sustainable pioneering the day will host a series of talks, workshops and conversations exploring the big picture and the day-to-day details. The event will be hybrid, with simultaneous talks and workshops taking place in Oxford and Penrith, Cumbria, as well as an online option.
Cathy Ross, leader of CMS Pioneer Leadership Training in Oxford, said: “In our current context where we are beginning to realise that unlimited growth is no longer possible nor desirable, we want to consider mission in a sustainability frame. We believe that sustainability may be a more fruitful way forward to enable us all to thrive.”
The Conversations Day – Thriving Searching for Sustainability in Life, Faith and Pioneering – takes place from 10am to 4pm on 5 April 2022. Tickets cost £15. To book or to find out more information go to: https://pioneer.churchmissionsociety.org/thriving