Culture is something to be celebrated and shared, part of the glorious diversity of God’s creation. But all cultures also have aspects that are oppressive and harmful. Development agencies and missionaries are often accused of either ignoring culture or imposing their own culture on others. In this forum we will be looking at what role we have as agencies committed to an integral expression of mission in challenging and responding to negative aspects of culture and the underlying beliefs that lead to these practices. We will be addressing the questions of whether we have a right and responsibility to challenge negative aspects of culture (including those within the church), particular in cultures other than our own and if so how do we go about this? How can these aspects of culture be transformed by biblical values and the truth of the Gospel?
Anne Marie Wilson of 28 Too Many and Susie Howe of The Bethany Children’s Trust and chair of Stop Child Witchcraft Accusations will be drawing lessons from their work on combating Female Genital Mutiliation (FGM) and child witchcraft accusations to identify principles that we can apply to tackle other harmful aspects of culture both in our own country and abroad. Ruth Hudson-Wilkin will then explore harmful aspects of culture in the UK and our role in being counter-cultural and bringing Kingdom values into society and culture in this country.
This event will better equip participants to both identify and effectively tackle harmful cultural practices and the beliefs that underlie them, in the diverse cultural contexts that we serve.
The cost is £20 to people from GC and Micah member agencies and churches. Cost for non GC and Micah members is £50. Refreshments and lunch are included in the price. The meeting starts at 11.00am (refreshments from 10.30am) and finishes at 4.00pm. Please complete the form below to book your place.