You can find out more about each of these projects by clicking on the links to their dedicated online sites:
Coastal Expression emerged as a project within Urban Expression as awareness grew of the struggles and challenges faced by people in some of the most marginalised communities in the UK, located in coastal settings. Keep up to date with their activities via the Facebook page www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100083045305492
Curbs (Children in Urban Situations)
Founded in 1996 in response to the need for resources and training for church-linked children’s workers in inner cities and on outer urban estates, CURBS joined the Urban Expresson family in 2023. CURBS advocates strongly for an approach to children which starts in their urban world, values their spirituality and recognises their developmental needs, providing resources, training and conferences - you can find out more on their website https://curbsproject.org.uk/about-curbs/
Urban Life create learning environments that offer practical, local and accessible training to Christian groups, intentional communities and churches in urban areas and marginalised neighbourhoods. Find out more about them through their website urbanlife.org
What is Crucible?
A melting pot, where antiquated structures are made pliable and reshaped.
A place where different cultures or styles can mix together and produce something new.
A time when powerful political, social, intellectual or economic forces converge.
Who is it for?
Christians across western culture are facing profound challenges and fresh opportunities. The long era of ‘Christendom’ is coming to an end. We now live in a plural society, with multiple religious options alongside the prevailing secular assumptions, in which Christianity has lost its position of dominance and privilege and churches are on the margins of society. Although we seem to be declining in numbers and influence, this context offers many new possibilities – if we have the courage and imagination to grasp them.
Find our more at cruciblecourse.org.uk
Black Light Course
Delivered in partnership with the Ascension Trust:
The Black Light course was developed 25 years ago by Les Isaac and Stuart Murray Williams, who became friends when Stuart was teaching at Spurgeon’s College and Les did some teaching there – so it’s not a knee-jerk response to current issues, but it does engage with contemporary concerns about racism and injustice.
What’s it about?
It explores the presence and contributions of black people in the Bible, in church history and in Britain today. It celebrates the remarkable growth of the church in Africa and the exciting ‘reverse mission’ impact on Europe. It does not shy away from looking at the legacies of Christendom and colonialism, but it invites creativity and courage in seizing the opportunities that are emerging.
Find out more at blacklightcourse.uk