Renewing The City: A Christian Vision
What is the Christian vision for a renewed city? The 'New Jerusalem' described in the last two chapters of Revelation is a place of God's dwelling, without mourning or pain, where the 'old order' has passed away and all things are made new (21:3-5). Drawing heavily on the imagery of Isaiah 65-66, this vision has motivated and compelled Christian action for centuries. But is it just about the future? What about today? How are foretastes of this New Jerusalem to be announced, embodied and built in Scotland's cities today?
Our next Neopolis conference will address these questions with the help of our two speakers.
Morning session: Renewing The City (Glenn Jordan)
Afternoon session: Translating the Gospel for an Urban Milieu (David Smith)
In addition, there will be subject-specific discussions in table groups during the day. Topics include:
- media images and representation of the city
- the church, the arts and the city
- mission and the urban marginalised
- principalities, powers and the city
- giving attention to the everyday in the urban environment
- a weak, strong God
Lunch and refreshments are included in the conference price.
Glenn is a native of the Republic of Ireland and has lived and worked in Northern Ireland since 1987. For 15 years he led the ministry of East Belfast Methodist Mission in an inner-city area close to the former shipyards. His work culminated in the completion of Skainos, a remarkable project which created a new urban square that is free from the symbols of sectarian identity so visible throughout the area, and is a genuine 'urban commons' reflecting the promise of God's shalom in its design and architecture. Glenn is currently completing a PhD at Queens University Belfast with a thesis entitled 'Renewing the City: Reading Third Isaiah in Inner-City East Belfast'. He is married to Adrienne and they have two grown-up children.
David’s most recent book* is Liberating the Gospel: Translating the Message of Jesus in a Globalised World. Following the dictum of NT Wright, he grapples with what it means to read the New Testament “with first-century eyes and with twenty-first century questions”. More specifically, how do we go about this in light of the phenomenon of urbanisation that is the marked experience of 54% of the world’s population, with another two billion new urban residents expected in the next twenty years? David will lead us in a session in which we will wrestle with the dynamics of translating the gospel for the urban milieu.
* use the code "SSCM" for a 25% discount on the book, using the above link.