A Newbigin Public Lecture will be given by Dr Cathy Ross (missiologist, author, CMS) on Saturday 2 July 2022, together with a celebration of the Newbigin Pioneering Hub, a 50th anniversary project for the United Reformed Church (URC). To stimulate Christians into more thoughtful and deeper engagement in the places they live and serve, a public lecture is given by a high profile Christian leader who embodies the contemporary spirit of Lesslie Newbigin. In previous years this has included Dr Steve Bevans (2018), Dr Krish Kandiah (2019), John Newbigin and Dr Ash Barker (2021).

The Newbigin Pioneering Hub is a collaboration between United Reformed Church, Congregational Federation (CF), Church Mission Society and the Seedbeds organisation. With a mission to discover, nurture, empower and release a new Community of Pioneers, able to see God’s love and shalom flourish in local communities, this new venture is open to all and is part of celebrating the past 50 years of the URC by investing the future in local communities.

Rev Dr Ash Barker, who leads the Newbigin Pioneering Hub from Winson Green, inner city Birmingham, said: “We long for every local community to flourish in God’s love and shalom, but know so many neighbourhoods are missing out right now. I believe this new venture can unearth a new generation of Pioneers, ready to be planted personally in local places and able to grow people into new communities of faith, hope and compassion wherever Jesus has called them to serve. We have hard-won insights from experienced Pioneers that can help form, guide and inspire a new generation of Pioneers from here.”

For more information and to register your attendance, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/newbigin-annual-public-lecture-celebration-of-newbigin-pioneering-hub-tickets-333560056107