2023 Politics and Society Network
The European Politics and Society Network is designed to teach key Christian political, legal, and social leaders how to be salt and light through effectively communicating Christ’s character in their respective contexts. Applicants should be those who are working in the areas of politics, law, campaigning, or community action. Both seasoned lawyers, activists, and campaigners and aspirants will benefit from the input of leading thinkers and practitioners. Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.
Applicants should be those who are working in areas of politics, campaigning, or community action. Both seasoned campaigners and aspirant politicians will benefit from the input of leading thinkers and practitioners.
2022 Network Programme
Detailed information about this Network's 2023 sessions is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from last year for a look at the high quality of instructors, teaching, and content available in this network:
Many western societies suffer from cultural conflict because of incompatible worldviews. The public square is governed by moralized debates that frequently culminate in quasi-religious claims. How can we as Christians strengthen free and stable democratic societies with intellectual, cultural, and social leadership rooted in biblical wisdom and courage?
This session provides participants an opportunity to explore their experiences with polarization, fragmentation, and hostility and how the idea of a free society is understood in their countries. This group activity will equip participants to better understand their contexts and thus respond to discover their personal part in helping to overcome polarization with intellectual leadership, truth, and love.
The focus of liberal and radical campaigning within and beyond the church has critically shifted of late, from recognition of gay male and lesbian partnerships to the much broader canvas of Queer Theory and Queer Theology. This session will explore the development of Queer Theory, its adaptation into Queer Theology, and how queer theological ideas are entering church discourse around LGBT+ issues. In particular, it will show how these ideas are characterised by a more general shift of focus from creation to eschatology, and how classic Evangelicals will need to marshal counter-arguments in favour of biblical marriage and sexual chastity accordingly.
How do we successfully address the LGBTQ/Pride movement in the public arena without being rejected as homophobic or facing similar accusations? Based on the example from The Clapham Institute’s report “The Colourful Darkness”, this session provides practical examples on how to uncover the deeply troubling content and agenda of the Pride movement, as well as gives advice on which attitudes and way of reasoning work well and what ought to be avoided. Properly handled, opinion-making about this issue can reveal much-needed information and can impact a nation.
This session will help you understand the non-Christian mindset and confidently communicate the Gospel in the way the Apostles did it – in understandable language, in a safe place, and with the opportunity for discussion. We will focus on understanding the basic worldview categories, determining a person’s worldview, and what is distinctive about Christian theism in contrast.
How can we confidently communicate the Gospel? In this session, we will seek to understand the apostles’ strategy, address our fears, identify common questions, and develop the three main lines of argument for Christianity and how best to share them.
Drawing on experiences from the Centre for Christian Apologetics and the foundation of the Swedish Evangelical Alliance, this open discussion will address the tools we need to engage well in the public square. This session will equip participants with the best points of entry into public conversations, arguments to use (and not use), and the right type of language and tone to employ.
There is no area in the realm of politics and society into which our Christian faith does not speak. Across this Network, participants have grappled with considerable issues of our day and sought to understand how we as Christians can best stand for the Lord and help His Church shine as a light for hope and truth. This session will bring together the key points that have emerged across the four days with opportunities for participants to express their take-home points.