Upcoming events

Forming a Christian Mind conference

Christ, (Post-)Modernity and the Academy: How Can Your Academic Work Point to Christ?

Saturday 22nd February, 09:30 – 16:15 at the McGrath Centre, St Catherine’s College, Cambridge

Speakers: Prof John Wyatt, Prof Glynn Harrison, Kristi Mair, Dr Sam Brewitt-Taylor

This day conference is intended for postgraduate students, post-doctoral researchers and early career academics. FACM helps academics develop their capacity to think biblically about their discipline and address the interaction between secular and Christian perspectives on their subject, both in the university and in wider society. The conference is free but registration is required. See formingachristianmind.org. For questions, email info@formingachristianmind.org.

Communities of Reform Workshop Day

Saturday 14th March 2020, 10:00 – 16:30 at Jubilee Centre, Cambridge

Join us for a day workshop exploring a theological framework and inspiring practices for 21st century ‘communities of reform’.

Are you troubled by the lack of meaningful Christian witness in many public institutions? Do you long to see the redemptive influence of the gospel in business, education, healthcare or government? We are convinced that long-lasting reform is only possible when believers commit to working together for the common good over the long haul. Join us for a day workshop exploring a theological framework and inspiring practices for 21st century ‘communities of reform’, as well as connecting you with other like-minded Christians. More information and tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Recent events

Cambridge General Election Hustings: Faith & Values

Saturday 30th November at Great St. Mary’s Church, CB2 3PQ

Come meet the Cambridge candidates standing for Parliament as they speak on issues of values, faith and community. Moderated by Roger Mosey, Master of Selwyn College and formerly Head of BBC Television News and Editor of Today on BBC Radio 4, this hustings is co-hosted by a number of faith communities from across the City of Cambridge. Questions from the audience will be a key part of this hustings. When you register for your ticket you will receive instructions on how to submit a question for the hustings. This event is free and open to the public, but an Eventbrite ticket is necessary in order to manage numbers. Tickets are free and non-transferable.

Redeeming Power

Thursday 5th December, 13:00 – 14:00 at Jubilee Centre, Cambridge

British Historian Lord Acton famously said that ‘power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ This quote is often used when we talk about power, but it assumes we already know how to define it.

Is power fundamentally a good or bad thing? As Christians, should we avoid and reject all power? Is this even possible?

God is source of all power in the universe, so how does this inform and change the ways Christians think about and use power. Should we be willing to pursue and use power for the good of others? And where can this go wrong?

In this lunchtime talk, Philip Powell will explore the idea of redeemed power and ask the question, how do we become good stewards of this power?

Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Each October, the University of Cambridge organises a Festival of Ideas for the city – a wide range of talks and other events given by academics and people from other local organisations too. This year the Jubilee Centre will host four events in the Jubilee Lounge. Tickets are free and available to book through the links below.

Tuesday 15th Oct: ‘Gandhi, King & Mandela: From ‘nation’ to globe?’ by Philip Powell, 12.30pm in the Jubilee Lounge

Friday 18th Oct: ‘Themes in Brass and Ink’ a poetic encounter (ft. Malcolm Guite and other local poets) by candlelight with the Archetypes Sculptures, 6pm-7.15pm outside Great St. Mary’s Church, Cambridge

Tuesday 22nd October: ‘Keep Your Coins: I Want Change – Transforming Poverty Through Relationships’ by Matt Williams, 12.30pm in the Jubilee Lounge

Friday 25th October: ‘Is this the way we could fix our world?’ by David Lee and Michael Schluter, 12.30pm in the Jubilee Lounge

Open Cambridge: Archetypes

Saturday 14th September, 14:30 – 15:00

The churchyard at Great St. Mary’s Church, Senate House Hill, Cambridge

This talk by Jonathan Tame is based on the Archetypes sculpture exhibition in the churchyard of Great St. Mary’s Church. It explores the five universal themes – revelation, belief, sacrifice, transcendence and destiny – found in almost every culture and society.

No booking required.

Just Pay: what does the Bible have to say about the Gig economy?

in collaboration with Faith in Business and KLICE (Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics)

Wednesday 2nd October, 18:30-20:00, Westminster College, Cambridge

Speakers: Calum Samuelson and Tim Young, with Sue Halliday (Acting Director, KLICE) and Richard Higginson (Chair, Faith in Business)

This talk introduces the biblical ideas of justice, dignity and reward as a challenge to contemporary remuneration practices (as outlined in Jubilee Centre’s recently published report, Just Pay: a biblical perspective on the ethics of remuneration). Furthermore, considering the continuing rise of participation in the Gig Economy, this talk will outline how these biblical themes may be invaluable to both employers and employees moving forward in the near future.

Artificially Intelligent? AI and a theology of surprise

Thursday 3rd October, 12:30-13:30, Jubilee Centre Cambridge

Speakers: Calum Samuelson and Charlee New

How might Christians develop a theology of surprise to help them avoid undue fear, naive optimism, and resigned apathy with regard to Artificial Intelligence?  Join Calum Samuelson (author of Artificially Intelligent: grappling with the myths, present realities and future trajectories of AI) and Jubilee Centre’s Charlee New for a lunchtime discussion in the Jubilee Lounge (2nd floor of 59 St Andrews Street, Cambridge CB2 3BZ).

Supported by Faith in Business and KLICE (Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics)

The Conversational God conference

Conference on the Bible, Relationships & Social Transformation

Cambridge, 9th – 11th September 2019

There is a growing movement of Christians who are convinced that being salt and light involves transforming relationships in society – in public as well as private life.

The Conversational God provides an opportunity for Christians to deepen their understanding of God’s intentions for relationships across society through a ‘relational reading’ of the Bible. Participants will also explore lessons from applying these ideas to institutions in different international contexts.

Speakers include Martin Goldsmith, Rob Loe, Elizabeth Robar, Dale Kuehne, Cosma Gatere, Antony Billington and Janet Tollington. More information is available here.

This event is part of the Cambridge Week of Relational Thinking, followed by events by Relationships Foundation and Relationism.

Thoughtful Eating: Food, relationships and the environment from a Christian perspective

Multiple Dates

Join us in Northern Ireland, London and Cambridge for a presentation of new Jubilee Centre research on food, relationships and the environment.

How should Christians engage relationally and spiritually with the food we eat? What impact do the choices we make as consumers and producers have on the environment? Should we radically change our diet to care for the planet and conserve it for future generations?

Northern Ireland: Saturday 1st June, 10am – 12pm at Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church Hamilton Road, Bangor, BT20 4LN

Our Northern Ireland event is in partnership with creation care organisation Jubilee, and Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland.

Cambridge: Tuesday 25th June, 7.30pm-9pm at St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 1JP

London: Wednesday 3rd July, 6.30pm arrival for cakes and coffee, 7pm – 8.30pm main programme at LICC, St Peter’s Vere Street, London W1G 0DQ

Pitfalls in combatting persecution

Thursday 25th April, 12:30 – 13:30

Jubilee Lounge, Jubilee Centre, Cambridge

Join us for a lunchtime talk and discussion as Dr Judd Birdsall (Cambridge Institute on Religion & International Studies, formerly US State Department, Office of International Religious Freedom) presents his paper, ‘Pitfalls in combatting persecution’.

There are a number of major pitfalls we can fall into when (rightly) attempting to combat religious persecution. In this talk, Judd Birdsall explores the biblical foundation for religious freedom and provides practical wisdom for all those who are moved to protect conscience from coercion.

This is the latest in our ‘Cambridge Papers Unplugged’ sessions, drawing together Christians from all spheres of life to engage with contemporary issues from a biblical perspective.

Bring your own lunch; teas and coffees are provided.

Resurrecting the body: a technological Easter?

Friday 12th April, 19:30 – 21:00

Wesley Methodist Church, Cambridge, CB1 1LG

Nanotechnology, cryonics, gene-editing, mind uploading. Such technologies—both real and imagined—have prompted a radical re-envisioning of the human body and a rising hope that humans might ‘defeat’ death. What’s at the heart of this story?

For followers of Jesus, who already believe in life after death, can we find common ground with technological optimists? How can our understanding of these contemporary trends challenge and sharpen our understanding of resurrection? And what hope might Christian theology offer in return?

Join us for an evening where we will examine trans- and post-human narratives—and their expression in art and fiction—against the Christian hope of resurrected body. In doing so, this will reveal spaces and opportunity for fresh conversation and dialogue with all who seek eternal, embodied life.

Our speakers are Dr Rodica Mocan (Associate Professor of Cinematography and Media, Babeş-Bolyai University) and Fr. Dragos Herescu (Principal of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies), with Jon Thompson (Philosophy, Kings College London).

Christians in Politics: The Influence Tour

Friday 1st March 2019, 19:30 – 22:00

‘The difference between just making noise and having influence is relationships.’

Jubilee Centre is partnering with Christians in Politics for this event. Christians in Politics exists to inspire and equip Christians from across denominations and the political spectrum to respond to God’s call to engage in public life.

On the evening we will be sharing stories from those already involved in public life (with a wealth of experience of faith and politics) and looking again at the biblical call to engage. You will have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A with our panel and there will also be some time for group reflection, discussion and networking. Register here.

Forming a Christian Mind – February 2019 Event

Saturday 9th February, 10.00 – 16.00

Forming a Christian Mind (FACM) hosts events for postgrads and post-docs that explore how the Christian faith interacts with personal and academic development. The theme for February is ‘Christ among the disciplines: approaching your subject in the light of the gospel’, and speakers include Prof John Lennox and Dr Craig Bartholomew.

Forming a Christian Mind Conference 2018

Saturday 17th November, 09.30 – 17.30

Forming a Christian Mind (FACM) is an annual conference for postgrads and post-docs that explores how the Christian faith interacts with personal and academic development. This year’s theme was ‘Revelation and Reality: The Bible and Scholarship’. Talks are available to watch on our YouTube Channel.

Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Each October, the University of Cambridge organises a Festival of Ideas for the city – a wide range of talks and other events given by academics and people from other local organisations too. This year the Jubilee Centre hosted four events in the festival. All are available to watch online.

Tuesday 16th Oct: ‘Extreme Inequality: A new ethic of remuneration’ by Calum Samuelson, 12.30pm in the Jubilee Lounge

Thursday 18th Oct: ‘Toyohiko Kagawa: Japan’s Apostle of Love’ by Philip Powell, 12.30pm in the Jubilee Lounge

Thursday 25th October: ‘Integrity in Public Leadership’ by Rodney Green, 12.30pm in the Jubilee Lounge

Saturday 27th October: ‘Meet the Sculptor: Liviu Mocan’, 11am outside Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge [no recording available]

Cambridge Papers Unplugged: ‘Redeeming Sport?’

Thursday 4th October 2018, 12.30-13.30pm

Join us for a lunchtime talk and discussion as Calum Samuelson presents his paper, ‘Redeeming Sport?’. Sport is a distillation of the God-given impulse to play. It is experienced within a microcosm of self-imposed rules, which points beyond itself to a grander reality. This microcosm of sport can lead to various ills if idolised or violated. For Christians especially, sport raises difficult, perennial questions. We approach this complex topic with a biblical worldview, which helps differentiate between what sport should be and what sport currently is.

Unveiling the ‘Archetypes’ Sculpture exhibition

Monday 23rd July 2018, 5pm at Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge

On Monday 23rd July, we unveiled ‘Archetypes’, a series of five sculptures by artist Liviu Mocan, commissioned by Jubilee Centre. Find out more about the event here.

Cambridge Papers Unplugged: ‘Integration, Assimilation and Fundamental British Values’

 Thursday 17th May 2018, 12.30-13.30pm

Can we imagine a new approach to citizenship in the UK? Join us in the Jubilee Lounge for a lunchtime presentation by Sean Oliver-Dee that tracks the short-term history of identity, citizenship and ‘Britishness’ and proposes a new approach to the issue.

Christian Social Reformers: Toyohiko Kagawa of Japan

Thursday 26th April, 12.30 – 1.30pm

Cambridge Papers Unplugged: ‘Reimagining Social Welfare’

 Thursday 22nd March, 12.30-13.30pm

Could the extended family and the local church help solve our social welfare crisis? Join us in the Jubilee Lounge for a lunchtime presentation by Jonathan Tame that draws on lessons from Reformation Geneva to examine welfare, the family and the state.  You can watch the full talk here.

Cambridge Papers Unplugged: ‘Gender, where next?’

Thursday 8th February, 12.30-13.30pm

Gender Identity is one of the most hotly-debated issues in Britain today. Christopher Townsend joined us in the Jubilee Lounge to present his 2016 paper, ‘Gender: where next?  Personal journeys, radical agendas and perplexing dilemmas.’ You can watch the full talk here.

Cambridge Papers Unplugged: Finding security in the ‘risk society’

Dr. Amy Donovan joined us at the Jubilee Lounge on the 23rd November to present her Cambridge Paper ‘Finding security in the risk society’.

Risk has become a central concept in modern life. The ‘risk society’ that we live in has increasingly structured itself around attempting to manage an uncertain future through an overwhelming volume of knowledge that may aid, but can also obfuscate, our decisions. However, it also provides a unique opportunity for Christians to live distinctively and attractively.

Dr Donovan was clear and compelling, and her talk is now available to watch online.

Forming a Christian Mind 2017

We were pleased to welcome Os Guinness to speak at our annual conference for postgraduates (PhD students, post docs and junior academics) in November.

Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Each October, the University of Cambridge organises a Festival of Ideas for the city – a wide range of talks and other events given by academics and people from other local organisations too. This year the Jubilee Centre contributed to a number of events:

Oct. 17th: “95 Theses for Today” by Jonathan Tame and Calum Samuelson

Oct. 18th: “From Luther to Locke: How Protestants invented Religious Freedom” by John Coffey

Oct. 19th: “Pandita Ramabai” by Philip Powell

Oct. 27th: “The Creative Legacy of the Reformation” by David Ford

Oct. 27th: “I’m Not Me: Shame and the Self with St. Paul” by Jonathan Limbaugh

These events were part of our Reformation 2017 initiative.

A Contemporary Indian Perspective on the Protestant Reformation

What do Martin Luther, William Carey, Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore and GK Chesterton have in common? They all feature prominently in Indian intellectual Vishal Mangalwadi’s masterly exposition on how the German and English Reformation eventually came to shape significantly modern India. This lecture at the Round Church, Cambridge, was part of our Reformation2017.org initiative.  Watch the video of his lecture here.

‘Reform or Revolution? unlocking the power of biblical law’

This was the title of our conference with Jonathan Burnside on 25th February 2017, to launch our Reformation2017 initiative.  Around 70 people attended the event at St Andrews Street Baptist Church in Cambridge. To watch the videos of Jonathan Burnside’s main talks, please visit our YouTube channel here.


How should we reform the Monetary system?

This event, held in collaboration with Christian Heritage London, marked the publication of our Crumbling Foundations research report.  An eminent line up of speakers brought their insights and concerns to the problems arising from the way money is created and controlled in today’s world.  Watch the talks given by Paul Mills, James Featherby, Eve Poole, David McIlroy and Guy Brandon here.


Christian Social Reformers series: Lesslie Newbigin

Few thinkers have helped the church understand and engage postmodern Western culture as much as Lesslie Newbigin – and there is still plenty we can learn from him today.

On 6th June 2016 Dr Paul Weston talked about the life and impact of theologian, author & missionary Lesslie Newbigin.  After spending 40 years as a missionary in India, Newbigin returned to the UK and became a pioneer in thinking through the missionary challenge facing churches in the contemporary West, writing books such as ‘Foolishness to the Greeks’ and ‘The Gospel in a Pluralist Society’. Lesslie Newbigin originally trained as a minister at Westminster College in Cambridge, and Paul Weston has recently established the Newbigin Centre down the road in Ridley Hall.

Watch the video or listen to the audio below.  You may want to download or print the slides which Paul used during his talk here:

View or download notes

God and Design Workshop – June 18th

Design workshop image3We brought together two outstanding Christians working in the field of design to open up the exciting possibilities of connecting a biblical worldview with the latest advances in design in order to solve problems more effectively in business, engineering, academia, charities and the church.

This half day workshop will be repeated in the autumn, and is an investment you will draw on for years to come… read more.

How should iVote?

Following a lengthy prologue and years of speculation, the EU referendum campaign is firmly underway!  However with communities, families and even government ministers divided over whether to ‘Remain’ or ‘Leave’, it can be difficult to get excited about making a decision the impact of which, at this stage at least, is impossible to measure.

We held a ‘Question Time’ style debate on Britain’s membership of the European Union at Eden Baptist Church  in Cambridge on Wednesday 25th May.  The panel consisted of advocates for both sides of the debate: Dr Adrian Hilton (Archbishop Cranmer blog) and Ian Cooper (Senior Tutor at Christian Heritage) argued for Brexit, while Baroness Smith of Newnham (University of Cambridge) and Johannes de Jong (Christian Political Foundation for Europe) made the case for Britain to remain in the EU.

Is marriage a lost cause?  Not by a long way.

Monday 11th April 2016

Marriage.  It seems barely a week goes by without the media attempting to tear this ancient institution to pieces.  Whether it’s bemoaning the rise in divorce rates or decrying the futility of marriage in an age of individualism you would be forgiven for thinking marriage was dead in the water; which is why we designed this event.  On Monday 11th April Christians from all over London and the South East gathered to hear leading researcher Harry Benson (Marriage Foundation) and marriage champion Nola Leach (CARE) speak in defence of this beleaguered institution.

Couples, friendship groups and singletons of all ages and backgrounds gathered to listen to the facts about modern marriage and draw wisdom from Nola Leach’s exposition of the biblical model.  Talking points during Q&A included the gender imbalance within the church and its implications for Christian marriage as well as the startling fall in marriage rates for those from lower incomes.

The evening concluded with an encouraging statement from Marriage Foundation founder Sir Paul Coleridge who explained that the measurable benefits of marriage (such as improved health and social stability) were finally getting the attention they deserved from newspapers and broadcasters which had previously shown reticence.  As Harry Benson put it: “marriage is down but not out.”

Forming a Christian Mind (FACM 2015)

Saturday 24th October 2015

Delegates at the plenary session of FACM 2015

Delegates at the plenary session

This year’s Forming a Christian Mind conference took place at Christ Church Cambridge on a crisp autumn afternoon.  It was attended by around 60 Christian Masters, PhD and post-doc students as well as several early-career academics from a wide range of disciplines.  Despite the diversity of backgrounds, all who attended (some from as far afield as Edinburgh and Leeds) were eager to learn how to better connect their faith with the intellectual content of their studies and were even willing to resist the lure of the Rugby World Cup Final to this end.

With ‘Human Flourishing and the University’ the theme for 2015, University of Oxford Professor Donald Hay’s opening plenary session set the tone for the afternoon by asking the question ‘What is a person?’ Once delegates had begun to grapple with the notion of personhood and purpose they were divided into discipline-specific groups for further discussion and debate.  We were honoured to have Prof Eugenio Biagini leading a seminar on History while Prof Alasdair Coles met with the Medical students, Prof Tom McLeish engaged with the Scientists and Dr Paul Mills offered his astute biblical insight to the Economists.

The closing plenary session was led by Dr Louise Driffill on the subject of ‘Flourishing beyond the university’ with delegates challenged to be motivated by their faith both within and beyond the boundaries of their academic practice.  There was ample importunity for networking and relationship-building during the breaks and after the conference which many attendees valued, not least because of the isolation which can accompany a life in academia.  Several said they were already looking forward to FACM 2016!

Forming a Christian Mind (FACM) is an annual conference in Cambridge, organised by Jubilee Centre together with Christian Heritage, Cambridge Papers, Christian Graduate Society, KLICE and The Faraday Institute.

Sins of the fathers?  Ending our addiction to national debt.

Monday 15th June

With the ink barely dry on the newspaper articles dissecting Chancellor George Osborne’s Mansion House Speech, the timing of our latest Cambridge Paper launch could not have been more apt.  Meeting in the elegant surroundings of St Margaret’s Church, Lothbury situated in the shadow of the Bank of England, a group of Jubilee Centre friends & supporters gathered to hear from expert economist, biblical thinker and author of ‘Prodigal Stewards’, Dr Paul Mills.

With private bankers, university students, retired professionals and even a member of the monastic order in the audience, it was no mean feat for Dr Mills to deliver an accessible yet detailed exposition of the issues raised in his paper.  Somewhat unsurprisingly given recent events in Europe, questions from the floor were not limited to the problem of intergenerational debt.  Queries were raised which revealed scepticism of the UK government’s economic strategy and others which explored the viability of a full cancellation of Greek debt.  However, the issue most actively pursued over the course of the evening was how to make a biblical difference to an economic system seemingly so far removed from Christian influence.

The formal part of the evening was followed by a light supper where guests were able to build relationships, discover common areas of professional interest and discuss the conclusions they had drawn from the talk.

Election Hustings in Cambridge

Wednesday 29th April 2015

With a week to go before polling day, any event at which members of the public are present and engaged is fraught with difficulty but also rich with opportunity for parliamentary candidates vying for votes.  So it proved as the Conservative (Chamali Fernando), Green (Kate Honey – standing in for Rupert Read), Labour (Daniel Zeichner) and Liberal Democrat (Julian Huppert) candidates took their seats to answer to the people who will determine their fate. The UKIP candidate Patrick O’Flynn declined to appear.

With over 60 questions submitted from the 120-strong audience at Eden Baptist, it was clear that those in attendance were not there because they’d been at a loose end.  Although under strict time constraints, KLICE Director Jonathan Chaplin – our event Chair – prevented the panellists from ducking the trickier questions and ensured that last-minute candidate for Rebooting Democracy, Keith Garrett, was given an appropriate platform.

Political friction was countered by a jovial atmosphere evidenced by enthusiastic endorsements from two candidates who, despite having participated in 20 hustings already, commented on how much fun they had had.  However, what will happen on May 7th remains anyone’s guess.

Votewise 2015: The Bible, the ballot box and beyond

Having been purchased, pondered, reviewed, and shared, Monday 16th March saw our flagship electoral resource Votewise 2015 brought to life.

With a chapter-by-chapter exposition provided courtesy of author Guy Brandon, a large congregation of politically-engaged Christians were challenged to reconsider the fragmented approach to policy-making we so often unquestioningly accept.

Brandon outlined the Bible’s holistic approach to health and well-being in light of the current ‘crisis’ in the NHS and guided guests through biblical responses to finance, surveillance and immigration.  Following a short break, a trio of passionate activists from across the political spectrum shared encouragements and concerns based around their experiences working in human rights advocacy, policy formation and local government.

The evening was put together in partnership with the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity.

 The Bible and biodiversity

Cambridge Paper London launch, January 21st, 2015

How do we value nature? Is our understanding of the Bible anthropocentric? Does it matter when species go extinct?  These were just some of the difficult questions ably tackled by Rev. Dave Bookless (Director of Theology, A Rocha International) during our event – held in partnership with A Rocha – to celebrate the publication of his Cambridge Paper on the Bible and Biodiversity.

Despite chilly temperatures outside, the atmosphere throughout the evening was warm and convivial as environmentally-concerned Christians from a range of organisations and denominations gathered to learn more about a Biblical response to some of the conservation challenges of our time.

Dave Bookless’ keynote address was followed by scintillating responses from David Nussbaum (CEO, WWF UK) and Simon Stuart (Chair, IUCN Species Survival Commission). Both speakers shed new light on the challenges faced by those seeking to pursue a biblical vision for the environment in the context of our increasingly consumerised and utilitarian world.

Video recordings of each talk are available on our YouTube channel.

 Votewise 2015 book launch

Events Manager Njoki Mahiaini reports:

Tuesday 11th November 2014 marked the official launch of our new resource Votewise 2015The staff of Jubilee Centre were joined by around 50 supporters and members of other Christian organisations at a drinks reception in the Macmillan Suite of the Houses of Parliament.

The evening offered us a wonderful opportunity to build, renew and affirm relationships with many friends and supporters who share our vision and desire to see Christians engage more actively in all areas of public life.

The singularly political nature of Votewise 2015 caught the attention of a number of MPs who took time out of their busy schedules to join us as guests.  We heard astute and inspiring contributions from our speakers – the Secretary of State for Wales, The Rt. Hon. Stephen Crabb MP and the Shadow Employment Minister, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Timms MP.  Votewise 2015 author Guy Brandon closed the formal part of the evening by talking about how the book came together.

Some nuggets of biblical wisdom which the two MPs particularly valued were Matthew 10:16  and Proverbs 3:5.  The calls to be ‘As shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves’ and to ‘Lean not on our own understanding’ were timely challenges which we pray will be an encouragement and impetus to you too.

Cambridge Paper London launch: Peacebuilding and the ending of apartheid

On 23rd September 2014 we held a reception to mark the publication of our Cambridge Paper by Dr Jeremy Ive documenting the role of the Newick Park Initiative (NPI) in enabling peacebuilding in South Africa and the eventual dismantling of apartheid.

The NPI was a Christian initiative which helped to build trust and a shared national vision across the political spectrum in the years around Nelson Mandela’s release in early 1990. Its work also involved Professor Washington Okumu, who acted as a mediator in preparing the first non-racial, fully democratic elections in South Africa in 1994. The relational principles governing NPI are a guide for Christian peacebuilding at a national level but are applicable in other contexts as well.

Viscount Brentford, who hosted the NPI gatherings at his home, Newick Park, chaired the evening programme.  He introduced the two speakers: first Jeremy Ive recounted how the initiative unfolded, and then NPI’s founder Dr Michael Schluter made a strong case for Christian peacebuilding today (click on the links or the photos above to view the videos).

A more detailed report on the Newick Park Initiative was written by Jeremy Ive and published by the Jubilee Centre; the paper can be viewed here.