Monthly Archives: October 2010

Not Ashamed

Not Ashamed

We write with news of an exciting initiative launched by Christian Concern. As Andrea Minichiello Williams says:

The ‘NOT ASHAMED’ campaign seeks to help Christians across the UK stand up and speak up for Jesus Christ in public life, presenting Him as the only true hope and solid foundation for our nation.

There is growing pressure in our society to remove Jesus Christ (and the values and truths revealed through Him) from public life and to restrict Him to the domain of the ‘private and personal’. Increasingly, Christians are finding that they are barred from the workplace and community involvement if they are not prepared to compromise the biblical teaching on belief and behaviour.

Meanwhile our society continues to fragment and faces enormous change and challenge. Yet in some quarters of the Church, there seems to be a collapse in confidence that Jesus Christ really is ‘good news’ for individuals and for our nation as a whole.

‘NOT ASHAMED’ is being launched in response to these observations. It is an opportunity to repent for past failures and to renew our confidence that Jesus Christ is good news for all people, everywhere, as we stand together and declare with clarity, compassion and courage that Jesus Christ is ‘positive news for public life’ and the only hope for our nation.

Wednesday 1st December is the focal point of the campaign. On that day and in the run up to it, we hope that thousands of Christians will wear the ‘Not Ashamed’ symbol of the cross. We will also be delivering a ‘Declaration of Christian Hope for our Nation’ to key leaders in public life.

View and buy Not Ashamed items now at the online shop

We expect the ‘high visibility’ of the campaign to give rise to many opportunities to explain to friends, family members, neighbours, colleagues and others why we believe that Jesus Christ is the only true hope for our nation.

To help in this, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, is writing a special booklet explaining why Christians are ‘Not Ashamed’ of Jesus Christ. We hope that in partnership with local churches, it will be delivered to every home in the country.

We are excited about this new initiative and pray that Christians across the nation will unite around it.

Will you join us as we seek to put the hope of Christ at the heart of our nation?

To do so and to find out more, visit the ‘NOT ASHAMED’ website

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, on 1st December, tens of thousands of Christians were wearing the Not Ashamed logo and had signed the declaration? Please spread the word!

New Media Gallery – online now!

New Media Gallery online now!
We have just launched our online Video and Audio Gallery!

This Gallery offers a way of showcasing our vision of unity healing and renewal, as well the work and life of the community.

The videos and audio clips are organised into the key areas of Maranatha’s work – praying, serving, witnessing, healing, teaching and the life of the community. At the moment, there are videos there from Dennis, Linda, Rev Allyn Benedict – an American who leads the Out of the Courtroom Retreats (formerly an Episcopalian priest) and Father Bill Keogh – a Maranatha member from Kent who is also a leader within Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Featured Media

  Declaring the Message of Maranatha – a personal message to the Community
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  Trumpet Call – An Introduction
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  Maranatha – A Healing Community
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  Becoming a Community of Love
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  Maranatha – A Listening and Trusting Community
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You can access all the videos from the Maranatha web-site, just click on Home then Latest Media.

We will be adding more videos and audio content over time and both sharing more about what is happening in the Community, and declaring the vision and message of Maranatha. If you have an idea for a video, or part of a video – whether it’s filming what Maranatha means to you, what Marantha is doing in your local area, or what local initiative Maranatha is supporting, then please get in touch!