Love God, Love Neighbour, Love Enemy - These are Jesus three mandates to love. In a world marked by division and conflict, isolation and loneliness, injustice and oppression we as the church need a clarion call to practise the way of love more than ever. Who is our neighbour and how can we love them? Across the street, across the church, and across the world what does it look like for us to tell an alternative story and find unity in love?
At SURRENDER:16 we’ll come together to collectively tell the alternative story of the way of love in the midst of a world embedded in a story of division, greed, and hate. We’ll seek to find ways to better love God, our local neighbours, global neighbours, indigenous and non-indigenous neighbours, as well as those we struggle with in our church and world.
Main sessions, Bible studies, workshops and conversations on:
- Living to see things made right in our world and our neighbourhoods
- Moving out into our communities and seeing the upside down Kingdom emerge
- Forming deep, healthy and transformational communities
- Biblical reflections on justice and discipleship
- Inviting your church on the missional journey
- Rhythms of Contemplative Spirituality and Prayer
- Discovering what it means to be loving and just global neighbours
- Using art and beauty to stir up change and experience healing
- Gender and our journey towards wholeness and discipleship
- Understanding and engaging with and across cultures
- Exploring what it means to bring redemptive love to economic practises and systems
God is love. For us to truly learn the way of love we must encounter the divine and all transforming love of God for we are truly able
to love as we discover that He first loves us. The contemplatives across the ages teach us that only in finding what it means to love God are we able to learn to love others and ourselves.
All our ideology and dialogue comes to nothing if we are not able to simply and authentically live a way of life shaped by Christ’s call to love our neighbour. We desperately need to see the body of Christ embody the good news in the way we tangibly love through faithful presence and just practise with our neighbours, whether they are across the street or across the globe.
Christ’s extraordinary call to love our enemies is the quintessential example of the countercultural nature of His upside down Kingdom. In many ways are struggling to disagree in love within the body of Christ, let alone be effective in loving those in the wider world that we most struggle with! We need to see a rediscovery of the practise of radical nonviolence toward the other and the enemy if we are to see the kingdom vision of wholeness and reconciliation emerge in our church and our world.