How am I impacting relationships?

How am I impacting relationships?

by Mandy Marshall

Introduction

It’s not often we stop and think about what we do, and how we do it, impacts on the relationships with those around us. In our busy lives we justify our words and actions without stopping to think about the consequences to others. This week we will remind ourselves of how precious every single one of us is in our identity in Christ, created equal in the image of God, and flourishing to be all God created us to be. We will look at the devastation caused when the image of God reflected in women is not respected which results in inequality, injustice and, at times, violence and abuse. As Christians our discipleship to Christ yearns us to call out injustice and act to bring about a change. I pray that this week will move and motivate you to listen and hear the heart of God on this injustice and leave you changed.

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Challenging Injustice in Society

Challenging Injustice in Society

by Martin Kapenda

Introduction

During these first few days of October we will be looking at the prophetic ministry of the prophet Amos during a time of enormous inequality and injustice. The status quo was immoral and Amos was moved to speak up, even though he was not ‘officially’ a prophet. He was a farmer from a rural area who saw the social evil of the time and spoke up against it.

Amos came from Tekoa, a little village south of Jerusalem that was dependent on farming. After he encountered God it changed his view of society – he could not see things the same way as before, and as he changed, he challenged the society around him. He could not help but condemn the injustices he saw around him. I like the book of Amos, but it is a book that threatens me – it is a book that challenges the religious and political establishment. Let us discover why in these next few days as we look into Amos.

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Art and God’s Mission: Connecting art and local-church worship to poverty and injustice

Art and God's Mission: Connecting art and local-church worship to poverty and injustice

General Objectives:

1. Mission: Exploring God’s mission and how art fits into it.
2. Art: Exploring the nature of art and the role it plays in social issues.
3. Worship: Exploring what worship is and how it connects to poverty, injustice, and violence.

Specific Outcome-based Objectives:

By the end of the seminar participants will have:
1. Compared God’s mission with much of the church’s understanding of it.
2. Explored how ideas travel and the role of the ‘balladeer,’ and identify some examples of both.
3. Explored the power of art and identified its function in addressing social issues.
4. Defined worship and identified how worship in a local church setting can link to issues of poverty, injustice, and violence.

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