The Seeds of Change conference was a series of events over five days from 4.00pm - 5.30pm (GMT) each day, which brought together thinkers, commentators and practitioners to consider what kind of institutional reforms should be pursued following the huge turmoil and disruption of Covid-19.
A distinctive thread running through the conference was exploring what part the Christian faith could play in the Covid moment. The consensus that thinks faith should be excluded from public debate and relegated to the private realm is crumbling. So what contribution could Christian ideas, values or communities make at this pivotal moment in history?
The conference was organised by Jubilee Centre and endorsed by Bible Society, CARE, Christians in Politics, Evangelical Alliance, EEA, Faith in Business, Good Faith Partnership, KLICE, LICC, Sallux, Theos and Together for the Common Good.
It was being put on with the generous support of the Rushworth Charitable Trust.
All events from the week's conference were recorded and have now been uploaded to Jubilee Centre's YouTube channel. You can watch at your own pace - and if you like what you see, why not forward the links to a friend?
It's all very well to share big ideas about debt, business and civil society, but how can we keep moving forward?
Here are three practical suggestions for how you can be involved with Seeds of Change moving forward:
Thanks to some generous supporters, the conference was made available free of charge. But we'd love to invest in Seeds of Change as an ongoing project. As vaccines become available and the world tries to return to the status quo, it's more important than ever that Christians are well-prepared to work for a better future. Your gift could help us put on future events, training or taskforces around key issues.
2. Get involved
Have you been inspired by these events? Do you have some suggestions or ideas for us to consider? Would you like to be involved in future initiatives for social reform? If so, please take a few minutes to answer some brief questions that will help us connect with you.
3. Discover a biblical worldview for yourself
Perhaps you're new to some of these ideas around the Bible and public life? We run a flexible online course that will help you grow in confidence as you connect your faith to social, economic and political issues in the world today.
Monday 16th November:
Grave new world - contours of a post-Covid landscape
Tuesday 17th November:
Is there life after debt? How to avoid drowning future generations
Wednesday 18th November:
Transforming the purpose of business - the way to renewed legitimacy?
Thursday 19th November:
Reviving civil society - can a new social covenant save democracy?
Friday 20th November:
Seeds of Change - creating a new story
We're pleased to welcome a fantastic line up of panellists to the conference:
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