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Join hundreds from across the city and further afield as we gather in the heart of Belfast for the first annual Fabric City Conference, 18 -19 May, 2018.

The City

The Island of Ireland is changing at an incredible pace, and cities are places where this cultural shift is felt in a unique way.

Throughout history cities have played a central role in shaping nations. Right now more people than ever before across the globe are living in cities. Belfast is no different. The urban centre is growing and the landscape is littered with cranes as buildings are developed and jobs and infrastructure are created. People from all walks of life are moving into the heart of the city and with all this there is a growing sense of optimism.

The Church

Our hope is that Fabric enables conversation around all that is happening in Ireland and the wider world today as well as equipping and inspiring us as disciples to locate ourselves in the story of Jesus and bring his grace, hope and peace into the spaces and places we work and live.

Fabric is about looking at what it means to take seriously the call to go and make disciples. We truly believe that by being salt and light in the city it has the ability to not only change a few individuals , not only change a city, but change the whole island of Ireland. We believe that God is calling his Church to come together in unity around the common cause of Christ.

The Conference

The heart behind Fabric is to host space for followers of Jesus from different walks of life to explore how it might look to live out the way of Jesus today while navigating the cultural landscapes of our age.

Whatever has your heart, whatever you're dreaming about, wherever you find yourself — from the school gate to the boardroom, from the classroom to the marketplace — this is a call for ordinary people from every walk of life to be inspired and empowered to change the city where God has placed them. We invite you to join us for two days of worship, teaching, and ministry to equip you with tools, revelation, and greater passion to reach your city.

The Organisers

Fabric City Conference is a church collaboration initiative organised by Josh Binstead (Re:Hope Belfast), Stephen Mayes (Re:Hope Belfast), David Dickinson (Central Belfast) and David Armstrong (Redeemer Central) — local church pastors and leaders working in the urban context of Belfast — as an initiative to encourage engagement and dialogue around spirituality, church, culture, the gospel and society.

For this reason Fabric aims to host a range of contributors/speakers who reflect both the diversity of the body of Christ across the many Christian traditions and a variety of expertise and experience from various sectors - whether it be in the arts, media, education, politics, religion or technology.

The views expressed by contributors at Fabric are those of the contributor(s) and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Fabric’s organising committee. Fabric isn’t a place focused on reinventing theology as much as a place to explore how theology and faith can become incarnational; lived out and practiced by followers of Jesus in 21st Century Ireland.

Exhibitors & Resources

Also joining us at Fabric this year: