Welcome to the South East England School of Christian Studies. This is an embryonic organisation inspired by the call by the great Dutch Christian leader Abraham Kuyper, and his vision of the Lordship of Christ over all of life.

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1. ‘Humanity where are you? Introduction to a Christian Worldview’ and

2. ‘A Framework for Life: Elements of a Working Christian Philosophy’

3. ”Applying the Framework: Looking at Specific Work-Clusters’. Depending on demand, it is also planned to provide workshops for those in specific areas of work to help Christians to reflect on a distinctive Christian approach to their discipline, profession or practice: ‘

4. Christian Peacebuilding: Theory and Practice

5. Vocational workshops allowing Christians to reflect systematically on the way God is calling each of us  in all walks of life — either to help those attending them to reflect on their current situation or to explore new directions.

In due course these can also be made available as distance learning modules.

This project is at an experimental stage to gauge interest and to stimulate further development.  To find out more, please contact Jeremy Ive

(The design of the burning bush on the heading and in the web icon is by Frances Hawken)

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11 Comments on “Welcome”

  1. Philip Powell Says:

    Looking forward to all the school has to offer. Philip

  2. These are beautifully systematic, mutually articulated, suggestive themes. I look forward to following your work.

  3. Geoff Hall Says:

    Wishing you every success with this initiative, Jeremy. Will your Christian worldview cover the arts? Geoff

  4. Danie Strauss Says:

    An excellent initiative Jeremy! May it be richly blessed!

    Danie Strauss

  5. richard russell Says:

    Well done Jeremy.Blessings!
    1. do you have a core team?
    2. do you have links with students/staff at the universities at Canterbury, Brighton. etc.
    3.how do you plan to grow? What is your strategy?
    4. do you see scope within your Diocese? Amongst the conventicles of Dissenters?
    5. will you be selling good reformational books?
    6.have you got a mailing list for your area?
    7.does your area include or exclude London?
    8.are you planning regular meetings?
    I find the visual imagery of you graphics – a tree I think – makes the text difficult to read.I also wonder about the embroidery. I think of hassocks and other items of ecclesiastical soft furnishing. For me this has no School-ish/academic associations at all.
    WYSOCS and the other schools of Christian studies need to be learnt from – no point in re-inventing the wheel.

  6. jgaive Says:

    Many thanks for these comments, Richard, I value your input. To start at the end — certainly WYSOCS is a model which I greatly value, as is reflected in the name. I think that it is very much an elder sibling and example. As you know, I was also heavily involved in College House in Cambridge in the 1980s. There is also the example of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

    The first step is to develop core courses on a Christian worldview and a working Christian philosophy. I am working towards putting on a pilot version of the first in the autumn, Meanwhile, I am also continuing to develop the web presence — and am experimentlng with video clips and would also like to develop the idea of online tutorials/ discussion groups.

    Simon Kay and I are working on a business plan — your points are very much grist to that mill.

    Regarding the logo — it is supposed to be the burning bush! It is taken from an embroidery on the Table frontal done by a former member of my congregation. I shall need to canvass other views on this, and if necessary, review it. Any alternative suggestions and/or designs welcome!

    SEESOCS includes East London — this includes building up a relationships with churches there since there are also historic local links with the Stepney Area. I don’t want to step on the toes of LICC, I see what we are doing as complementary to them. Building up links with other local institutions of higher eduction in the South East is something I do indeed have in mind; and I am positioning it to relate both to the local Anglican dioceses, as well as the range of other denominations in this area.– without it becoming too churchy.

    We would indeed like to make good reformational books available This is where you have made a critical contribution, and any suggestions from you on this would be gratefully received.

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