Thinking Theology: Nigeria (February 2018)

THINKING THEOLOGY: NIGERIA
5th - 10th February
Miango Rest Home, Jos, Nigeria

Take time to reflect on the Bible and be inspired to let God’s word shape your work. 

Thinking Theology Gatherings have been an integral part of Tearfund’s envisioning strategy for the past three years, as they enable us to share and influence the church for an integral theology of mission and to deepen theological reflection on Christian development practice. They provide a space to bring together a diverse group of theologians, church leaders and development practitioners to reflect upon the way that the Bible can and should shape our engagement in poverty alleviation and community transformation. Theological reflection is a key principle of Tearfund’s work, as we believe that it is essential to our ability to truly seek the kingdom of God in the course of our work. Contextual reflection is essential to this, as it recognises that the Bible is read and applied differently in different contexts, and that theological ideas need to be understood, articulated and applied in particular contexts if they are to have a sustainable long term impact on the life and work of the church in these contexts. (Thinking Theology Jubilee 2018 ToR).

Thinking Theology: Nigeria – The year of Jubilee! 

As Tearfund celebrates 50 years of working alongside churches to help transform communities around the world, we are taking time to reflect on the successes and failures of the past and look to how the church can be more effective in overcoming poverty in the years to come. Nigeria is where Tearfund’s work began 50 years ago in response to the humanitarian crisis stemmed from the Civil War of 1967. This gathering creates the space for Tearfund to re-engage with its historical roots and explore the theology and practice around Jubilee and how this links to overcoming poverty. 

The 2018 theological gathering with the theme ‘We won’t Stop until poverty Stops’ will be delivered with an African feel and flavour with dance and drumming as a recurring motif. In Nigeria like in other parts of Africa, dancing is not only a powerful form of communication but expresses something that connects with individuals in a deeper way. 

Bridging the generational gap:  

We are committed to hearing from young emerging voices in the region and bridging the generational divide. For this reason the gathering will be split into two starting with 2 day session with the older church leaders and theologians and ending with a 1 day session for the younger theologians. There will be a intersect day in between where the delegates from different generations can share and learn from each other.  

Who is this Thinking Theology gathering for? 

Whether you’re involved in church ministry, working for an NGO, or teaching or studying theology – this gathering is for you. 

Booking will open in November. 

For further Enquiries: Nigeria - Ben Osawe, +2348034512811. Email: benjamin.osawe@tearfund.org 

U.K - Iyisha Rocke, +44(0)20 3906 3136 email: iyisha.rocke@tearfund.org