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Breathe 09

front-lo-resIf you’ve ever felt stuck in a consumer mentality…

If you want to embark on a more generous and thankful lifestyle…

If you just want to work out how to follow God in a world of non-stop shopping, disposable relationships and unsustainable lifestyles…

Come and join us for ‘Breaking the Consumer Mould’ the second Breathe Conference at St Paul’s Hammersmith on 25th April, 10-3pm.  Full details are now available on the website, but there’s a list of the Breathing Spaces below.  Not only do we have Pete Greig as the main speaker, we’re delighted to have Viv Thomas from Formation, Will Campbell-Clause from A Rocha, Steve Pierce from Stewardship and Tim Creber from Tearfund.  And we’re launching the Promise of Life, too…

If you can join us, you can register on editor@ibreathe.org.uk (advance notice would be helpful if you’d like to take advantage of the morning-only crèche for under 3’s).  Or just register on the day.  You may want to bring some lunch, too, so we can spend the lunch time mixing it up together.

Please invite anyone you can think of, and let’s break us out of the consumer mould and into the ‘life that is truly life’ (1 Tim 6:19).

Bring it on!

The Friends of Breathe

(Jeremy Williams, Mark Powley, Holly Elson, Chris Webster & Phil Whittall)

Breathing Spaces – here’s the list of workshops we’ll be running on the day.

Generosity
What keeps us from being more generous? How can we inspire each other to share more freely our money, time and possessions?  (Phil Whittall)

Mastering Your Money
Why do we handle money like we do? Why is budgeting important, and how can we take steps to take control of our finances?  (Steve Pierce)

Connecting with the Poor
Who are the poor? How do we make space to connect with them, and what might it look like?  (Tim Creber)

Finding Stillness in the Consumer Crush
Is 24/7 life in a consumer society squeezing your time for stillness and God? How can we develop rhythms and practices that rediscover the presence of God in daily life?  (Viv Thomas)

Working for the Man
Is it possible to work in commerce without compromising your values? How can those who work in business reflect the values of the kingdom of God? (Alice Huntley)

Investing in Your Community
Is the place you live more than a delivery address and somewhere to sleep? How can we build community across boundaries in a fragmented age?  (Clare Smith)

Sustainable Living
How do we get beyond green platitudes, failed resolutions and intimidating tick lists to live a life which treats creation well?  (William Campbell-Clause)

Creating Good Childhoods
The Good Childhood report has exposed how ‘aggressive selfishness’ in our society leads to unhealthy, unprincipled and unstable childhoods. How can we parent our children in a way that breaks the mould?  (Ailsa Powley)

Love Your Neighbour. But who is my neighbour?
How does the way we live every day affect others all over the world? How can we reconcile our own needs and desires with the needs and aspirations of the poor?  (Helen Parry)

The Power of Thankfulness
We are richer than most of the people who have ever lived, yet seldom truly appreciate what we have. How can we unlock the power of thankfulness to transform our attitude to life?  (Jeremy Williams)

More details on the Breathe website

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