Now in its 35th year, Thinking Faith Network is launching a lively new programme this autumn. A highlight of its Life Matters series of events will be Loosing the Chains of Injustice: thinking, praying and acting on modern slavery conference 27th November 2021 with keynote speaker author and broadcaster Elaine Storkey (booking opens 20 September, venue: Emmanuel Baptist Church, Horsforth).
This complements TFN’s recently published short course Slave Chronicles and Dangerous Beliefs, an intro-level resource contrasting Christian belief with the materialist worldview that underpins slavery in all its terrible forms. It aims to help believers have thoughtful, challenging and discipling conversations with others using the 20-plus true short stories of slavery included. ‘Go further’ sections invite discussion, prayer and action and the course includes enlightening audio clips from author and director of TFN’s RealityBites strand, Mark Roques. This is an accessible PDF/audio study for individuals or small groups, students 16-plus, congregations, etc, either online or in-person.
During lockdown the organisation’s popular monthly Iron Sharpens Iron Zoom meetings have hosted a range of international and home speakers and are set to continue online. TFN Executive Director Patricia Gray said: “This forum provides a unique combination of stimulus and support, via top-quality thinking, wise perspectives on key issues, food for reflection, prayer and action …and a very informal, accessible, space for discussion. We know it’s been a great intro to the TFN approach for a number of new participants.”
In the first Iron Sharpens Iron meeting of the new series (24 Sept, 8.00-9.30pm) Justin Gill will be talking about his experiences working in politics in Pakistan. This is particularly relevant given current events in neighbouring Afghanistan and the region. Justin is a Trustee of Thinking Faith Network. A Christian of Pakistani and Sikh heritage, he is currently IT Manager at FIEC.
Event details, bookings and purchases at www.thinkfaith.net