Two of the key instigators of Red Letter Christianity, Dr Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne will speak in events on behalf of ‘Urban Change Makers’, a new emerging leaders programme that focuses on working class leadership development. The full tour includes churches, seminars, events and colleges in London, Luton, Manchester and Birmingham from 12th to 20th May, 2018.
A highlight will be Dr Campolo leading Urban Change Makers seminars with a focus on Christian activists, thinkers and leaders who care about God’s work in urban priority areas. Tim Evans, Co-ordinator of Urban Change Makers, said ‘We hope these gatherings will help bring people together to be inspired and informed to better see change from within their urban neighbourhoods.’ The seminars in Birmingham (12/5) and London (19/5) are free with a donation supporting local leaders in the Urban Change Makers programme. Tony will also speak in churches in London 13/5 (11am, Oasis Church Waterloo and 6pm, Britannia Village Christian Community), Birmingham 20/5 (10:30am Gas Street Church, 5:15pm Birmingham Cathedral) and special events in Luton and Manchester. Ash Barker, Co-ordinator of Urban Change Makers said ‘We believe it’s time for an authentic movement of God from within our inner cities and outer urban estates. We see the sparks and want to fan this into flame through connecting, empowering and resourcing leaders in an emerging urban leaders’ programme, podcasts and events. We are so thrilled that long time friends and collaborators Tony and Shane are willing to stand with us in this venture.’
Dr Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. For 40 years, he led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organisation he founded to create and support programmes serving needy communities. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the progressive Christian movement, Red Letter Christians, as well as for the Campolo Center for Ministry, a programme which provides support to those the church has called to full-time ministry. He has written more than 35 books and can be found blogging regularly on tonycampolo.org and redletterchristians.org. Tony and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia and have two children and four grandchildren. In November 2012, Tony Campolo received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Youth Workers’ Convention. The wording on the award is: “Award of Lifetime Achievement is proudly presented to Tony Campolo who has defined and courageously pioneered what is means to encourage, care and lead students, possessing the qualities that inspire us and provoke us to continue the journey into the future with boldness and confidence. As a result of Tony’s life of ministry and leadership he has left a legacy of encouragement and hope to youth workers and students everywhere.
Shane Claiborne will join Tony for a special evening service at Britannia Village Christian Community in London (6pm, 20/5). Shane is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He leads Red Letter Christians, a movement of folk who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said”. Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. And now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty. Shane’s books include Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow Me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, Executing Grace, his classic The Irresistible Revolution, and his newest book, Beating Guns (2018, forthcoming). He has been featured in a number of films including “Another World Is Possible” and “Ordinary Radicals.” His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Shane speaks over one hundred times a year, nationally and internationally. His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, and the Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame. Shane speaks regularly at denominational gatherings, festivals, and conferences around the globe.
Urban Change Makers is a new emerging leaders programme that focuses on working class leadership development from within urban priority areas, seeking to build the capacity of urban leaders for compassion, resilience and innovation in their urban contexts. UCM is initiated by the Newbigin School for Urban Leadership and Worth Unlimited in conjunction with local hubs who nominate and send small teams of emerging leaders to the 10 month programme that includes week-end intensives, coaching, site visits and an investors panel.
Full list of Tour Events:-
Saturday, 12th May:
3pm – 6pm Urban Change Makers Seminar with Dr Tony Campolo at The Britiannia Village Hall, 65 Evelyn Road, London, E16 1TU
Sunday, 13th May:
11am – Church service at Oasis Church, Waterloo, 1 Kennington Road, London SE1 7QP
6pm – Church service with Shane Claiborne & Dr Tony Campolo at Royal Docks Church, Britannia Village Hall, 65 Evelyn Road, West Silvertown, E16 1TU
Tuesday, 15th May:
7:30pm – An Evening with Dr Tony Campolo at St. Mary’s Church, Church Street, Luton,
Thursday, 17th May:
6.30pm – 8.30 “Let me tell you a Story” – the art of communication with Dr Tony Campolo
Nazarene Theological College, Dene Road Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2GU
Saturday, 19th May:
10am – 3pm – Urban Change Makers seminar with Dr Tony Campolo, Bishop Latimer United Church Hall, 60, Beeton Road, Winson Green, Birmingham B18 4QD
Sunday, 20th May:
10.30am Church Sermon at Gas Street Church, 41 Gas St, Birmingham B1 2JT
5:15pm – An Evening with Dr Tony Campolo – St Philip’s Cathedral, Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2QB
Bookings here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/urban-change-makers-evening-with-dr-tony-campolo-tickets-44708524400
For more information on Urban Change Makers, visit: UrbanChangeMakers.org