Alastair Mcintosh: Rekindling communities – Monday 4th July 2011

The Milton Keynes Christian Foundation is organising an evening with Alastair Mcintosh on ‘Rekindling communities: Engaging People, Power and Place in Times of Indifference’.

We live in a world where the possibilities for social and environmental change are greater than ever, yet the problems seem ever more intractable. Why are things so blocked? What forms of discernment might help us better to understand the state that we are in, to build courage and find hope even where optimism might have dropped away?

In this illustrated presentation Alastair McIntosh will use his work with rural land reform and urban regeneration to demonstrate broad aspects of the human condition in today’s world. He will suggest that the secular experiment has failed to nourish the roots of what it means to be human. We must come to see more clearly our condition, seek to recover lost humanity, and do so from a depth that is nothing less than spiritual.

What might that mean, and what can it look like in practice when up against real-life situations of poverty, environmental degradation and the constant background hum of war?

Alastair McIntosh is a Fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology and Visiting Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Strathclyde. His writing, which includes Soil and Soul, Rekindling Community and Hell and High Water, has been described by George Monbiot as “world–changing”, the Bishop of Liverpool as “life-changing”, and by Thom Yorke of Radiohead as “truly mental.”

Date: Monday 4th July 2011 – 6.00-8.00 pm

Venue: The Cruck BarnCity Discovery CentreAlston DriveBradwell AbbeyMilton KeynesMK13 9AP

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