Elaine Storkey Lectures
Is Christianity Dying in the West?
Monday 24th June 7.30pm Bishop's House Ribchester includes at light supper
"For the last forty or more years the statistics have reflected an accelerating crisis in church life and we are now faced with a serious possibility - likelihood even - that the Christian Faith might disappear entirely from our culture within the first half of this century". Elaine Storkey takes a hard look at the facts that may support or dispute this claim by renowned theological and spiritual author John Drane. It might be argued that whilst some traditional forms of church going are in decline this does not mean that Christianity is itself dying out. This excellent appraisal by Elaine Storkey will challenge you and ask you to re-consider what church really means and what we all need to do to ensure that today's followers of Jesus continue to fulfil the Great Commission to "Go out and make disciples of all nations."
Every three seconds, a girl under the age of 18 is married somewhere across the world usually without her consent and sometimes to a much older man. Combining rigorous research and compelling personal testimonies, Elaine Storkey investigates the different forms of violence experienced by women across the globe today. From female infanticide and child brides to domestic abuse, prostitution, rape and honour killings, violence against women occurs at all stages of life, and in all cultures and societies. How and why has this violence become so prevalent? Elaine Storkey examines the answers that are commonly offered, including theories based on evolutionary psychology and the rise of patriarchal power structures. She also considers the role that religion can play for good or ill in the struggle against this universal injustice.