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|Past Events 1998 / 1999 Discussions and Workshops|
|Some of the more memorable topics BANG! discussed this year
The Holy Spirit - what does it mean to us? - a discussion led by Tim and dealing with the relationship that we have with this part of the triunal God.
One World Week - a discussion led by Liz Rose who really did twice say at committee meetings (and I think I am quoting) "I don't do workshops".
Christian Ethics in our studies - led by Phil Weston who prepared a very useful sheet to discuss, in fact, one of the first occasions that anyone has been that organised.
Sin - a session lead by Tim J. Taylor (not the president - his initial is G). Those present tried to get to grips with such weighty topics as "What is sin?", "Is there such a think a original sin?" and "What about confession?". No conclusions reached (is it our place to reach conclusions?) but a very interesting time was had by all.
The parable of the lost son - Tim G. Taylor led this discussion on how the parable of the lost son is a metaphor for our individual Christian journeys. Much to Tim's horror, the session frequently went off on a tangent (not unusual for BANG!), and the extraneous topics covered include evidence for the resurrection, why the Bible wasn't written immediately after Jesus' death and childrens' television over the last 20 years! Despite this, some useful points were raised and discussed with the help of Barry Chapman.
Ecumenicism - this session was led by Jonathan LLoyd, the university chaplain. After a brief introduction, we watched a video about the history of the ecumenical movement in Britain, which was followed by a discussion about many issues related to ecumenicism.
Ethical decision making - led by Barry Chapman, who earlier in the day was described by Tim "The President" Taylor as "one of the premier characters on campus". Most of this session was spent talking around various theoretical ethical decisions, for example, if you could save 19 lives by shooting one person, would you do it? We tried to decide on what we based our ethical decisions and also discussed the problems in modern university education!
Religious Jenga - a light-hearted game of Jenga. Whoever finally knocked the tower over had to read out the Bible notes relating to their birthday from a book provided by Tim. Some of the notes were a bit obscure (especially at 6.30pm on a Thursday) but the Jenga was fun!