here's the plan...
After last year's awesome Birmingham Conference, we're super excited to be able to invite you to the Catholic Student Conference London, on the weekend of November 16th-18th!
As with all our events, the heart of this weekend will be bringing together the many Catholic students of the campuses of the UK, to discover together how to effectively bring others to Jesus in His Church.
So come and be part of a weekend built around renewing university culture and the mission that Jesus gave his Church to make disciples. You'll get to explore some of London, hear some amazing talks and make a ton of new friends whilst having a great weekend away with your uni mates!
Thanks to our friends at the University of East London Chaplaincy, we will be based at St. Antony's Church and accommodated by the local Primary School, addressed:
sT. aNTONY'S cATHOLIC pRIMARY sCHOOL, Upton Ave, London E7 9PN, UK
We aim to keep these events as affordable for students as possible so you can pay just £10 to attend! You'll be provided with meals and accommodation, but please bring your sleeping bag, and anything else you want to make yourself comfy. Due to the venue, we won't be able to provide showers, so we'll all be enjoying #RetreatChique . There is plentiful parking if you're roadtripping it up! And of course, bring your Bible, as well as a notebook to capture some serious wisdom.
Let's talk theme
When we started talking about what we wanted the next conference to be about, the conversation of uni culture and faith quickly brought us to
the theme of
We realised that this theme covered all the things we thought students needed to hear about, in three critical areas.
Discovering who you are independent of your family and home is a big part of the university experience, but uni culture and God have very different ideas about your worth. By referring to God as 'Our Father', Jesus brings us into familial relationship with Him and it means that you and all of your uni friends are
children of god.
It is from this perspective that we should see our friendships, our relationships and our dignity. It is also in this truth that we find refuge from the anxiety and the struggle with self worth experienced by many at uni. We want to delve deep into our identity as Children of God, His perspective on
who we are.
'For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.’
'Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”'
Another issue we wanted to look at was the 'why' behind the mission of the Church - why does the Church exist, why do we live how we live? The clearest answer on this comes at the end of Matthew's Gospel when Jesus commissions his disciples to
go and make disciples.
This is the purpose Jesus established His Church for - but is it what we see the Church as? Do you see this happening at your uni? We feel that we need to refocus our perspective as a Church, and to base everything we do on this mission.
And 'disciple' simply means to be intentionally engaged in life-long learning about Jesus.
that's why we do what we do.
'“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”'
Knowing who we are and why we live how we live, the next big question is 'how?' How do we do this? Again, turning to Jesus, He tells us that love is the answer here, and that
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
By living that example of real love and virtuous friendships, a counter-culture is created which can draw others to be interested in the source of that love. We want to delve deep into the many ways that we can
introduce others to Jesus.
to get involved?
The team for this event is completely current students, recent graduates and chaplains - we're building this conference together and if you have a skill you want to contribute or you want to help in any way, we would love to hear from you. You can e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on one of our social media channels.