What Church Planters can Learn from English Medieval Renewal Movements
Revd Dr Scott Harrower (Ridley College, Melbourne), Tuesday, 9th July 2pm
Church planters may draw powerful vital lessons from the life and ministries of Aelred of Rievaulx for the sake of developing contemporary stable and deeply Christian communities. Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167) was a vital community leader and renewer in the midst of the upheavals experienced in England’s Middle Ages. By promoting beliefs and practices such as friendship with Jesus, awareness of one’s own spiritual burdens, transformative experiences, spiritual competence, a hopeful future, Aelred was able to reckon with common religious-spiritual struggles that often hinder development in both people and groups. This webinar will outline and explore six vital lessons that church planters can learn from Aelred, and in turn apply them to their communities in today’s England.
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Scott is an Anglican theologian, historian and moral philosopher, and an Associate Professor at Ridley College (in Melbourne, Australia). He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in theology, early Christianity, ethics and philosophy of religion. He also supervises research degrees including Ph.Ds. His previous books include one on the Trinity (Trinitarian Self and Salvation), and another (with Josh Cockayne and Preston Hill) asking how the church can respond faithfully to trauma (Dawn of Sunday), and with Sean McDonough, A Time for Sorrow: Recovering the Practice of Lament in the Life of the Church, (Hendrickson). He is also the co-editor (with Mike Bird) of the Cambridge Companion to the Apostolic Fathers (2020).