Brexit wall of prayer at CRE
12 March 2019 IN: Ministers
Visitors to this week’s Christian Resources Exhibition (13/14 Mar, Event City, Manchester) will be invited to post prayers on a wall following the Archbishop of Canterbury’s call for five days of prayer concerning Brexit.
Andy Flannagan of Christians in Politics will lead a plenary at the exhibition, Bridging the Brexit Divide, (12pm, Wed 13 Mar), on a day in which MPs may be asked to vote on whether or not to leave the EU without a deal. Cross-party contributors will include Cllr Tanya Burch from Salford, Methodist minister Revd Ian Rutherford from Manchester and Irish singer and former MEP for Connacht-Ulster, Dana, who will also open CRE North.
‘It is very easy to feel paralysed by both the complexity and toxicity of the issues surrounding Brexit,’ said Andy. ‘We may feel as if we are sliding towards chaos but we follow a God who since the dawn of time has brought order from chaos. It shouldn't scare us. If you think we are in chaotic times, try living in the reign of Nebuchadnezzar!’
Order emerges from chaos through restored relationships, believes Andy.
‘The cross sits at the centre of history because it makes possible the reconciliation between us and God and between us and those who may not feel like “us” anymore,’ he said. ‘There is currently a real danger of a cultural divide becoming a chasm. We need to build relationships across divides.’
Bishop of Bolton to address CRE
The Bishop of Bolton will be speaking to delegates at CRE on Wednesday 13 March at 3pm in a seminar entitled, 'Reaching the least and the lost'. Drawing on the Bible and his experience, missionary and inspirational speaker, Bishop Mark Ashcroft will encourage us to communicate the good news of Jesus in the most deprived urban areas.