August 2012 Disorganised Religion – a Conversation

In the context of the Edinburgh Festival of Spirituality and Peace, a Conversation on the topic of ‘Disorganised Religion’ is taking place on 9. August.  The speakers include one of our Critical Religion colleagues, Michael Marten, along with Ian Milligan from Exploring Anabaptism in Scotland and the Bert community in Glasgow.  The event is chaired by Simon Barrow from our partner organisation, Ekklesia.

We live in an era where people are inquisitive about spirituality, but hugely distrustful or even hostile towards ‘organised religion’, especially in its Christian forms.

But there are strong anti-institutional and non-hierarchical traditions in Christianity and beyond.

Can Anabaptists, Quakers, Nonconformists and loyal dissenters from within the major streams of Christianity offer a new vision of faith and an alternative to top-down religion?

Join the ‘vast minority’ at the Festival of Spirituality and Peace in Edinburgh to discuss what a radical reformation in the Church has to offer – and how this relates to the wider demography of religious and belief-based change in a globalising world.

The event takes place on Thursday 9 August, from 5.45pm – 7pm, at St John’s (Venue 127), corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road, Edinburgh. £6.50 (£4.50 concessions).

This Conversation is organised in partnership with the Iona Community and Ekklesia.

Tickets are available from The Hub.  Ekklesia has much more on the Festival of Spirituality and Peace at this link: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/festivalofspirituality.

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