Space for Grace Introduction

Rick James tells his story about how he realised the need for God’s power in organisational change

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Space for Grace

What is it? What does it mean? How can we create it? How does it influence my work? How can it be integrated into my busy work life? 

Facilitated by Elaine Vitikainen and Phil Smith, this webinar looks into these questions. You will hear ideas and practical experiences in applying the Space for Grace approach from three perspectives from different contexts. The speaker, Rick James, is joined by a panel – Priya Raj Kumar in India, Doreen Kwarimpa-Atim in Uganda and Allan Ekstedt in Sweden.

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Religion and development

Why would you want to mix religion with development? They appear to be completely different things – at best incompatible; at worst highly combustible. After all some strands of religion have an overtly political agenda, while other strands promote or condone violence, including terrorism. In some instances religions promote discrimination against women, children and other marginalised groups. Many religious communities have an evangelising agenda. It is unsurprising, therefore, that the aid system has sought to keep a safe separation between religion and development.

However, most major aid agencies have recognised the limitations of such a strategy. By ignoring the underlying religious beliefs that shape attitudes in most parts of the world, ‘secular’ development has not had the impact on human behaviour that it hoped for. Further, treating religion as irrelevant has not prevented the emergence of extremism. Increasingly,  aid agencies  are moving from ‘estrangement to engagement’ with religion.

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