The world today in some ways reminds us of first century Athens, where in a multicultural melting pot, St Paul proclaimed an ‘Unknown God’. The Centre for Living Christianity (CLiC), based in Edinburgh, is for those interested in exploring “the way”: how to live out Christianity in the modern world, in a way which is thoughtful and faithful; and how to understand Christianity from the margins of a society which is both diversely spiritual and secular.
- To help people become literate and articulate Christians in a contemporary context (“How do I speak Christian?”)
- To integrate theology with reflection and spiritual practice – connecting head, heart, soul.
- To overcome false antinomies (secular/religious, conservative/liberal, biblical/modern, religion/science)
- To provide a range of accessible learning options based on best Adult Learning practice and suitable for different learning styles
Where are we?
In 2012/13 CLiC brought together a range of parties including the Cornerstone Bookshop, Scotland’s only independent ecumenical theological bookshop, St John’s Church in Princes Street / Lothian Road at a busy crossroads in the midst of a modern city (a church known for its engagement in the modern world including a prophetic mural ministry) and the forward looking Christian think-tank Ekklesia.
The idea was that CLiC activities would be offered by a range of partners and in different locations.
- St John’s Episcopal Church Edinburgh
- Ekklesia (think tank)
- Adventures in Faith
- Cornerstone Bookshop
- Edinburgh City Centre Churches Together
We ran a number of events in 2012/13 and have been taking a break in 2014, following the moving on of two key players, with the hope and intention that the initiative will be renewed in 2015 – on a basis that could offer a model of informal working for others.