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Book now to hear David Garrison next month!
Also: Director looks back on Pakistan trip, and consultation day done.

Manchester Centre for the Study of Christianity and Islam

 

MCSCI Newsletter #11
April/May 2015
Hi Friend,

Welcome to the MCSCI e-newsletter for May.
In this edition:

Hope for Muslims: Book now!

Sat 13 June, with David Garrison
A nationwide tour by David Garrison is coming to the Manchester area. He will share his research into a significant number of movements to Jesus across the Muslim world.

If you work with or pray for Muslims, this should encourage you. If not, you should find this day inspiring and it will enable you to catch something of God's heart for Muslims both abroad and around us.

Book a place now at the event in Bolton on Sat 13 June.
Book a place
By the way... David's book "A Wind in the House of Islam" used to cost £15. We now have a batch of 150 and can sell them at a special discounted rate of £8.50. 

MCSCI in Pakistan

by MCSCI Co-Director, Rev Canon Phil Rawlings

  • Phil was in Pakistan in January for his fifth visit and his 4th in as many years.
    Here are his reflections on that 3-week trip.
The Christian community in Pakistan has been in the news for very bad reasons over the last few months. I now wish to share something of the courage, perseverance & loyalty of the Christians in Pakistan.
I and two friends spent four days in Karachi, leading a retreat at St. Thomas’ Theological College, speaking to students and staff, and clergy in the Diocese.
We were very encouraged by the students' enthusiasm and commitment.
Theological education in Pakistan largely depends on ex-patriot teachers. We want to see more Pakistani Christian leaders gain an education good enough to teach.
The Diocese of Manchester has a formal link with the Diocese of Lahore, and we flew there to build on this link.
One of our party was interested in exploring how to creatively help community development in Lahore's Christian communities.
I had three main aims:
  1. to develop friendships & partnership with leaders and Christians in the Diocese
  2. to explore the recruitment of students for the MA Theology course at Nazarene Theological College: they would then have a basis to teach their peers.
  3. to build links with Christian publishing houses, to supply the new Alexandria Christian Bookshop on the Curry Mile in Manchester.
We achieved all three – I interviewed seven possible students, and a two-year distance learning course is planned for them (subject to funding).
I contacted three publishers, and their products should be on sale in Manchester soon, and the links between Manchester and Lahore grow stronger every visit.
132 children & staff were killed at an Army school in Peshawar a month before I arrived. The tension was considerable and the army were on the streets.#
Every school now has higher walls, razor wire, roof-top snipers & armed guards. Christian schools are especially warned, but children continue to come.
Before heading home, I shared in some interfaith dialogue, and also met some Believers from a Muslim Background – two of them evangelists in their home areas.
It was a very exciting trip, and I look forward to developing the links with the Church in Pakistan, and ask you to pray for the brave Christians there, as they face constant discrimination, and sometimes severe persecution.
Thanks for your support.

Consultation: Sharing our Faith with Muslims

On Saturday 2 May, we held a consultation day, and around 50 Christians from communities all over Greater Manchester got involved.
We will be sharing our preliminary findings with you soon.

New EWI Course coming

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Photo: Marlena White
This Saturday study course explains about Islam, Muslim cultures and traditions: as much as most Christians who live or work around Muslims should need to know.
Teaching is by our own staff and specialist visiting speakers. Sessions include the development of Islam through to cultural barriers between Muslims and Christians.

Encountering the World of Islam (EWI) - Essential Details:

Course starts: Sat 10 October 2015 (9:30am to complete Registration)
Then the second Saturday* of each month until
Course ends: Sat 12 March 2016.
Place: Nazarene Theological College, Dene Road, Didsbury, M20 2GU

* - January's class will take place on Sat 16th January (not 9th)

Interested?

Classes will generally last from 10am until 5pm, with a mid-session tea/coffee break and a longer break for lunch around 1pm. Lunch will not be provided, so bring your own or take a short stroll to the many food outlets in Didsbury Village.

EWI is offered at a rate of £99 per person. Discounts are available for couples prepared to share a course book.

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0161 438 1926 (ext. 1935)
Directors: Rev Canon Phil Rawlings, Rev Dr Dwight Swanson
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