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Creative Conversations


Exploring the transformative and reconciling potential of conversation

Urban LIfe and Pioneer Mission Leadership Training invite you to join them on Friday, 15th April 2016, 10am - 4pm, Bristol Baptist College

We will explore how 'conversational spaces' might be convened with those in culturally and socially diverse situations.

We will reflect on the way that conversations have worked in a variety of situations including prisons and immigrant communities.

We will learn how conversation can be transformative for all involved, drawing on practical experience of intentional conversation spaces.

We will reflect on conversation as a deeply contextual and radically hospitable approach to mission.


There is no charge for the day.

To book: email Mike Pears at mpears@urbanlife.org

Light lunch will be available at £5 per person (payable on the day), or you are welcome to bring your own. Please indicate when booking which option you would prefer. Please do let us know of any specific dietary requirements too.]

Venue: Bristol Baptist College, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3JJ

For travel information: https://www.bristol-baptist.ac.uk/us/find-us/

If you would like to find out more about Creative Conversations please feel free to contact Mike Pears or Cathy Ross, or see the Urban Life website  www.urbanlife.org

Mike Pears: mpears@urbanlife.org       Cathy Ross: Cathy.Ross@rcc.ac.uk


Creative Conversations seeks to give priority to the voices of those who experience marginalisation, exclusion and deprivation. The project fosters careful and thoughtful listening with the intention that the voices of others will challenge and inform the responses of our own Christian communities. Creative Conversations helps Christian groups explore the everyday experiences of those who find themselves marginalised and excluded in various ways from mainstream society. By introducing basic research methods that can be used in daily life, Creative Conversations aims to introduce new depth to the way we listen to others in our day-to-day encounters.

Creative Conversations was launched in March 2015 and hosted a follow-up day in November to hear from those who had been participating in the Creative Conversations project and learn from their experiences. Following this encouraging start we saw the potential to do further work on developing the conversational approach as a practical, hospitable and sensitive approach to mission and also as a way of researching contexts. Our intention then is to host further Creative Conversation days and to source funding to support conversational research in a variety of situations



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