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Growing out of the interest shown in the talks in the week preceding Easter 2013, this is a monthly forum where we explore questions of faith and spirituality in a credible and inclusive way, valuing contemporary thought and modern biblical understanding.

There are no right or wrong answers or opinions; but we do invite you to join us in a supportive environment to ask those questions you've always wanted to.

These sessions aim to be interactive, with some input to start proceedings, followed by open debate.

Venue: Christchurch Cafe
Time:   7:30pm to 9:00pm on the second Sunday

Dates for Spring 2020
The theme for the Spring Term is Gods Words?

Sunday 12 January - The Dead Sea Scrolls
This incredible collection of writings has had a tremendous impact on how scholars understand the Bible. But how much of this is known in church congregations? Led by Robin Hamon.

Sunday 09 February – Translations
When bible-based discussion can sometimes hinge on the meaning of a single word, how much notice do we take of the translation we are using, and how does this impact our understanding of ‘God’s Word’? Led by Steve Amos.

Sunday 08 March – A Language Revolution?
Meanings of words change over time. How people use words also changes to reflect the current cultural context. But do God's words change? Do our words change in relation to our beliefs? Led by Jude Hamon.

Dates for Autumn 2020

Sunday 13 September
Sunday 11 October
Sunday 08 November
Sunday 13 December

We will be looking at 'Issues'. Topics being considered for inclusion include 'The political Christian', The Christian Shopper', the Green Christian', . . .

Read or download the Notes from previous meetings

There are notes and records of discussions from the first 48 Melting Pot sessions, uo to Melting Pot 48 (February 2020) on God's Words? - Translations. There is a brief summary of each session with links to downladable documents.

Some of the topics we have looked at

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Marriage & Relationships Report
  • Beliefs that Divide
  • Communion: Bridge or Barrier
  • Living with Contradictory Convictions
  • Saving Jesus from the Church
  • How to read the Bible - Narrative Analysis
  • Jesus is Late - the 'Second Coming'
  • Migration And The Bible
  • The Fifth Gospel of Thomas
  • How Green is my Faith?
  • Heaven and Hell
  • I Agree with Dawkins
  • Are You Saved?
  • When Jesus Became God - the creation of the Trinity

Information from, or offers of interest to, Steve Amos.

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