Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land

The Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Ireland invites you to this important conference exploring the theme of social and cultural change and its impact upon the witness of the church. We are delighted that Stuart and Sian Murray Williams will be with us to explore the theme of:

Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land

Post-modern, post-Christendom, post-secular, post-industrial, post-colonial ... how many more ‘post-’ words can you think of?

These words signal a significant culture shift in western society. They don’t say much about where we are going, but they suggest things are changing and that we face new challenges and new opportunities.

How does this impact the church and its mission? Some are describing the situation of the church in western culture as an experience of exile, like that of the Israelites in Babylon many centuries ago. We no longer feel at home. Other stories and values are shaping our society. Many Christians are asking, like the exiles in Babylon, ‘how can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?’ (Psalm 137)

What is the gospel in this emerging culture? How do we tell our story? What fresh expressions of church may be needed?

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