A new Edinburgh-based initiative to open up conversation about Christian faith in the modern world is inviting people in the street to express a view about 'God matters'.
The Centre for Living Christianity (CLiC), based at St John's Episcopal Church in the Scottish capital, is unveiling a large banner today - and is encouraging enquirers to CLiCk on their website to say what matters (or perhaps doesn't) about God to them.
"CLiC has been set up to give people a chance to explore Christianity in an open, thoughtful and inviting way - whether they are believers, non-believers, enquirers... or people clinging on to belief by their fingernails," said the Rev Donald Reid from St John's at the new Centre's well-attended 'First Supper' launch last night (Sunday 7 October).
St John's Church is well known in Edinburgh and beyond for its regular, colourful murals which tackle topical and often controversial issues ranging from environment (the present one is on the plight of the oceans) through to prejudice against same-sex partnerships, religious bigotry, human rights and the suppression of free speech.
The Centre for Living Christianity (CLiC) has been established by a range of partners, including the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia, the 'Adventures in Faith' programme in the Scottish Episcopal Church, Cornerstone Bookshop, and Edinburgh City Centre Churches Together.
Its website announced this morning: "From cheers to jeers to plain old 'meh', everyone seems to have some kind of view or question about God. What's yours?
"The German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whose faith led him to resist the Nazis, and who paid for it with his life, once said: "May we always live aware that God is near and present with us."
"For some that's very true. For others it may make little or no sense. In any case, which God are we talking about? The name of God is evoked in praise and as a curse. To bring life and to destroy it. For Christians, what difference does it make to talk of the God of Jesus, for instance?
"Whatever comments or questions you have about "God matters" - whether you're reading this as a believer or sceptic, religious or not, we'd like to hear from you.
"CLiC aims to put on events and discussions which respond to the real concerns and questions that people have about God, faith and (not least) Christianity in a diverse world."
* CLiC's introductory God Matters course starts on 24 October 2012.
* More on the Centre for Living Christianity: http://livingchristianityscotland.org/
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