Urban Life itself is a learning journey! We are committed to exploring and experimentation because we believe that learning is life change and in mission and ministry the need for learning never stops. We're trying to be attentive to and curious about new threads that emerge through our practice and where possible, partner with others to work on research projects that help us and others to see and do differently. See below for some examples of research focussed work we have previously partnered with others in.
Church at the margins
Working with Church Action on Poverty (https://www.church-poverty.org.uk/) we have been doing some research into what it might mean to be 'a church at the margins'. Based on in-depth conversations with people and congregations 'on the margins', the report documents some of the frustrations encountered with barriers around disability, literacy, class, language, leadership and power that inhibit the Church from experiencing 'life in all it's fullness'.
Creative Conversations is a practical resource for mission developed by Urban Life in partnership with Church Mission Society (https://pioneer.churchmissionsociety.org/) and International Baptist Theological Study Centre (https://www.ibts.eu/). Out of a series of action-research projects, the Creative Conversations Guide was produced to help people to develop their practice of 'presencing' in the hope of having deeper encounters with God, other and self in everyday conversations.
In partnership with the Black Light Course (https://www.blacklightcourse.uk/) and with funding from the Common Awards 'Seedcorn' grant, we have been doing some research around racial justice, specifically whether communities of practice can support people to change their ways of living and working in response to issues of race and diversity. Download the three reports below:
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