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Events

Events for Jan/Feb

On Saturday February 25, the Christian Socialist Movement is hosting an event entitled Devil in the Detail. This is an economics workshop aimed at those who sense the need for change and justice in our economic system, but do not feel equipped to articulate their concerns.

Ann Pettifor, fellow at the New Economics Foundation and the director of Advocacy International, along with others, will be giving training and leading discussion on various aspects of economics and economic policy.

The day begins at 10am and will finish at 4pm; it will be held at: Christ Church and Upton Chapel, 1a Kennington Road, London, SE1 7QP. The cost is £15 for CSM members and £25 for non-members. To book a place email info@thecsm.org.uk or telephone 0207 783 1590.

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County Antrim can be a little chilly at this time of year, but the Corrymeela Community hopes to warm you up a little this January with a programme entitled Building on Fire: The theory and practice of pyro-theology. Corrymeela is a peace and reconciliation community that operates out of a coastal property overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The weekend retreat (January 13-15), which will be led by the theologian Peter Rollins, includes accommodation there in Ballycastle.

Rollins will be well-known to some Third Way readers, but for those who need a catch-up he describes pyro-theology thus: 'It is not a systematic, constructive or narrative theology. It is not concerned with building upon, supporting or altering the current understanding of Christianity. Nor is it interested in calling the presently existing church to a deeper fidelity to its ideals. Rather it represents a fundamental questioning of these ideals and signals an approach to faith that claims the central event of Christianity is nothing less than a type of white-hot fire that burns up all we believe about ourselves, our gods and our universe.' Hot stuff indeed.

The retreat will cost £120 for those prepared to share a room. There are only 50 places and these are being taken quickly. To book one, visit www.corrymeela.org/event/69.aspx and download the booking form or ring Matt on 07968362152.

During the time attendees will delve into Rollins' recent work, but in addition to talks, workshops and in-depth discussion there will also be music, walks, socialising and a chance to soak in the amazing coastline - dress accordingly!

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Christians Aware is an international and ecumenical movement whose main aim is to develop multicultural understanding and friendship locally, nationally and internationally. Its annual conference takes place on the same weekend as the Corrymeela retreat above - albeit in the less romantic (but probably warmer) setting of Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick.

The conference is entitled Inherit the Earth? Who Cares? and will feature speakers such as Alan Wilson (the Bishop of Buckingham) and John Wesley Kabango (the Rwandan Development Officer).  For more details about the group and its conference, visit www.christiansaware.co.uk, which has an overview of all its activities and details of how to join.