We’d love to invite you to our key event for 2017 – our NSW/ACT Conference: Coming Back to Earth – living faithfully in the 21st Century.
Date: Friday 14- Saturday 15 July
Location: St Anne’s Anglican Church, Ryde.
TEAR Conferences are places where old and new supporters can hear reflective and thoughtful teaching on biblical justice, and provide opportunities for people to begin to formulate individual and collective responses. It's an excellent chance to fellowship with others who are similarly inclined toward the margins and God's heart for justice. We had an amazing conference in 2016 and we hope to make this year even better!
This year’s theme comes from the title of a book by our keynote speaker Dr Jonathan Cornford, Co-founder of Manna Gum - a ministry in good news economics. Jonathan is a humble, engaging and deeply knowledgeable speaker. He teaches and writes extensively about the Bible's vision of economic and ecological justice and how this applies to the complex global economy of the twenty-first century. It’s challenging stuff that you can apply in practical ways as you live out your faith in everyday life.
Jonathan Cornford from Manna Gum
Our Friday program will commence with dinner and a performance by 2015/16 Australian Poetry Slam Champion, Philip Wilcox.
The main focus of Friday Evening will be the unfolding crisis in East Africa. Marshall Currie, TEAR's Africa Team Leader, will talk about the current state of the situation: What’s the scale of the crisis? What factors have contributed to its escalation? How have TEAR’s partners been affected, how are they responding, and what will the money raised in the recent appeal go towards? How can we pray?
Helen Fernandes, TEAR's Partner Support Officer, will then join Marshall for a broader discussion of the complex relationship between relief and development. Theory dictates that we take the shortest possible route from relief back to development, but the reality faced by our partners is far more chaotic and unpredictable! There will be time for questions at the end.
The evening will conclude with prayer for East Africa.
To wrap up the conference we'll have a Q and A panel discussing the topic "Where to now for the church?"
Building on the material presented in Jonathan's keynote talks, the panel will discuss how, in the light of the economic, environmental and social challenges our world is facing, how can followers of Christ respond faithfully and creatively? What might being "salt and light" look like in the 21st Century?
A light dinner on Friday night, and lunch and dinner on Saturday, are included in the cost of registration. The ever-popular Gypsy Kitchen will be catering for us again this year!
Coffee will be provided by Tribes and Nations, and there will be plenty of TEAR's famous chai.
Kids and young people are very welcome at TEAR NSW Conference! There will be a kids/youth program which caters for school-aged children, as well as a creche where parents can supervise their pre-school kids and still hear the main sessions.
The two workshop sessions will have options for families. In the first session the Islands simulation game is family friendly, and in the second session adults and supervised kids can join in with workshops on urban gardening, art or slam poetry!
If you're planning to come with family though, please book asap. We need to really know numbers for the kids program for our planning.
We hope to see you there!
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