Urban Life Together - inhabiting our neighbourhoods

A Forum hosted by Urban Seed’s New Urban Studies Centre 

October 17-18 2014
Melbourne

Come and join with some remarkable activists, thinkers and leaders. Help discern how to see deeper and sustainable transformation of our urban places and people. Be part of a publication that will share insights from the forum with the world.

Friday, October 17
Arrow on Swanston, 488 Swanston Street, Carlton South

9:00am–5:00pm Main sessions, papers, story telling, Skype interviews, worship and connections. 7:30pm–9:30pm Free Public Open Night includes launch of Urban Seed’s new Urban Studies Centre with Brendan Nottle (Melbournian of the year) and launch of Ash Barkers new book Risky Compassion.

Saturday, October 18
Collins Street Baptist Church, Collins Street, Melbourne

9:00am–5:00pm Main sessions, papers, story telling, Skype interviews, worship and connections.
Main sessions from Melbourne based activist-thinkers including: Tony and Francine Riches (Melbourne Indigenous Church), Tim Goh (Life Expedition church/Arrow), Anji Barker (formerly UNOH, now Oasis UK) and David Wilson (Urban Seed).

Live Skype interviews with internationals including: Brian McLaren (author of We Make the Road by Walking), Paul Sparks (co-author of The New Parish), Jill Row and Steve Chalke (leaders of Oasis).

Papers, workshops, stories and case-studies from around 30 urban mission practitioners/thinkers including: Dave Andrews (on Christian mystic community work), Lauren Hayes (on disability and the church), Beth Barnett (on the powerless Paul), Matt Bell (on what atonement means on stolen land), Karl Hand (on building church with LGBT people), Greg Manning (on place names, transport corridors and social narratives), Andrea Fleming (on Mission to Seafarers in Melbourne), Michael Blumel (on de-stigmatising asylum seekers),Talitha Fraser (on sharing abundance) and Hannah Reeves (on kids and community development). And that's just the start!

Cost: Waged: $100, Unwaged: $50
Please book on Eventbrite.

 

Five Tracks for the inaugural Urban Studies Centre Forum
Do you have insights, stories and understandings to share to help us better inhabit our neighbourhoods? Please contact one of five track facilitators with a submission that includes a title, a 100 word abstract and a short introduction of your experiences. 

SUBMISSIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED.

1. Case studies and stories:  What is being learnt from grass roots experiences in inhabiting neighbourhoods? Aimed at inspiring and informing activists, volunteers and practitioners. To submit contact Greg Gow - greg.gow@urbanseed.org

2. Missional practices: What frameworks, skills and disciplines are helping us better inhabit our neighbourhoods? Aimed at inspiring and informing leaders, thinkers and activists. To submit contact Darren Cronshaw - pastor@auburn.org.au

3. Theology and spirituality: What connections, understandings and experiences with God can help us better inhabit our neighbourhoods? Aimed at inspiring and informing leaders, thinkers and activists. To submit contact Ken Luscombe - klluscombe@yahoo.com

4. Social sciences and histories: What engagement with systems, structures and cultures are helping us better inhabit our neighbourhoods? Aimed at inspiring and informing scholars, activists and leaders from within different academic disciplines. To submit contact Andreana Reale - andreana.reale@urbanseed.org

5. Young adults track: What difference can we make and how can we decide how to best prepare, focus and engage? Aimed at inspiring and informing young adults. This will be co-ordinated by Mayra Stark -

The most insightful, informing and inspiring presentations will be asked to write up for a chapter in an upcoming publication. 

Urban Studies Centre:
Urban Seed is launching its new Urban Studies Centre at this Forum. The Urban Studies Centre is set up for research, advocacy, and training in issues of poverty, especially as experienced in homelessness, addiction, and mental health concerns. It will offer a chance for practitioners to reflect and shape theory that addresses the issues, that will empower constituency based advocacy, and offer training to others in the field.