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Events for May

Events.jpgThose who can't bear to hear any more about finance may be exasperated by the title of a May conference: Changing the landscape: Making the mixed economy work. But in this context the 'mixed economy' is a term used by Rowan Williams to describe the way in which traditional church and modern fresh expressions of church can work side by side.

The one-day event is for people of all denominations and streams - or none: 'for pioneers and practitioners, missioners, area deans, circuit superintendents, synod members and anybody else with an interest in fresh expressions, the mixed economy or mission-shaped thinking'.  It will take place at the King's Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford, on Friday May 6, from 10am to 4pm.

The conference will be hosted by Stephen Lindridge and Graham Cray, and will include a keynote address from the Archbishop of Canterbury himself.
To book, click here. The cost is £30.

Modern churches can end up in some surprising locations, with unusual architecture. In Bradford, The National Media Museum's latest exhibition takes a look at some of these through the work of photographer David Spero. Temporary, semi-permanent and often unconsecrated, the churches are where one might least expect to find them, located in industrial estates, shopping parades, houses, cinemas, pubs and commercial properties.
'David's work touches on many interesting social, cultural and architectural themes, from the modern, alternative use of buildings, to the enduring and adaptable nature of faith' says Philippa Wright, a curator at the museum.
The exhibition runs until September 4, and is free.

May, of course, means Christian Aid week and the charity will hold a mass prayer moment to remember the world's poorest communities. This will take place in, in churches around the UK and Ireland - and via text message.
Participants will be encouraged to stop, reflect, take out their mobiles during the service and text a word or phrase to Christian Aid. The organization will send a web-link back to each texter and their prayer will go online, creating a visual representation of how people are praying.

The number to use is 70788. .