New Venue: St Edmund's Church, Roundhay

Nearest rail station: Leeds

Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 September 2022 

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- Archbishop Justin Welby

Theology Slam is back, continuing its search for the most engaging young voices on theology and the contemporary world.

Judged by some of the top theologians and communicators in the Christian world, Theology Slam aims to encourage a new generation to think theologically about the world around them – and to encourage the church to listen to what they have to say.

The talks will be judged by our expert panel: Anthony Reddie, Rachel Mann, Isabelle Hamley and Sam Wells.

One winner will receive the Theology Slam trophy, £250 to spend at Church House Bookshop, and will see their talk published in the Church Times.


Check out the finalists below... (if it's not playing, just click the image!) 


The Judges! 

Professor Anthony Reddie, director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture

Canon Rachel Mann, Area Dean of Bury and Rossendale, Assistant Curate of St Mary’s, Bury, a Visiting Teaching Fellow of the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met University, and a Visiting Scholar of Sarum College, Salisbury.

Prebendary Isabelle Hamley, Secretary for Ecumenical Relations and Theology and Theological Adviser to the House of Bishops

Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, and contributor to Radio 4’s Thought for the Day

Theology Slam 2022 is organised by



Ticket Prices:

Full price - £150
Under 25 - £75

Day rate:

Full price - £75
Under 25 - £35

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Kevin Johnson -

The Chapel in the Fields is a Project focussed on creativity, spirituality, hospitality, worship and being a resource to the wider church.

Close to urban south Manchester, and significantly refurbished in 2016, the result is a 'space' that embraces the heritage of the building and brings out the best of the Chapel, its beauty and simplicity. In addition, the countryside surrounding the Chapel offers a real sense of peace. The Chapel in the Fields offers a safe space to church and non-church people alike and has hosted Quiet Days, retreats, and a venue for visiting groups. A new emerging/growing Community now meets regularly for worship.

The refurbished Chapel also has a wood workshop where beautiful things are being made for sale, often up-cycling old wood. We also reach out to folk who have been referred to us, they come and enjoy some time of making and creating, which helps with well-being and therapeutic activity. Wooden items made in the Chapel have been found in homes, churches, and art projects.

Kevin Johnson is the Project Leader of The Chapel in the Fields, and this workshop will explore four stories, closely related to the HeartEdge 4C’s, that have emerged in the last six years.


Vaughan S Roberts –

Vaughan S Roberts researches, writes and speaks widely about how churches function as storytelling and story-sharing communities. This workshop will be an interactive exploration of our collective experience of stories in churches and how we might better understand some of the dynamics in play and how storytelling shapes the lives of individuals and communities.


Molly Boot –

What might a medieval nun have to teach us about being in our bodies? An abbess about class and power? A mystic about mental health? Join Molly Boot as we delve into surprising stories from our ancestors in the faith, which might have lessons for the church today.

Kathy Versfeld –

Opening the Gates for Good … and for God!

Working with what you have

(rather than what you don’t have)

to build the Kingdom,

on earth as it is in heaven,

now and forever.

Major Kathleen Versfeld, Mission Director of the Visitor Centre and Training Hub at the world famous Strawberry Field, Liverpool, talks about a bold new initiative by The Salvation Army to use the site made famous by John Lennon’s song, “Strawberry Field Forever”, to engage both with the local community as well as Beatles fans from around the world, offering Welcome, Wonder, Wellbeing and Work.


Andrew Graystone –

Andrew Graystone is a writer, journalist, teacher, broadcaster and provocateur…or as his mother puts it, he can’t hold down a proper job.  Andrew is an Everyday Activist who believes in the power of tiny acts to change the world. His image went viral when, after the mass shootings in Christchurch New Zealand, he stood outside his local mosque with a cardboard sign saying ‘I will keep watch while you pray.’ In this workshop he will tell funny, prophetic and powerful stories of tiny acts of rebellion he has carried out, alongside arresting reflections on what it means to live a life of faith and hope. He encourages us to take risks, make holy mischief, poke fun at the over-mighty, and believe that despite evidence to the contrary, the world’s story is going to end well. 


Micah Purnell –

Everyone's Creative, a visual proverb.

The hands-on creative workshop will take you on a journey through the process of creativity from concept to publication.

You will produce a proverb, use typography, colour, texture and photography to create a finished piece of artwork. 

You will use the power of community to help you and you will publish the work by the end of the session.

Don't believe me? Come and find out.



Nearest Rail Station: Leeds Station  
From London Euston: it takes approximately 2 hours and 29 minutes with no changes (London Kings Cross)  
From Newcastle: it takes approximately 1 hours and 29 minutes often with one change (at York) 
From London, 212.2 miles and approximately a 4 hour and 5 minute drive via A1. This route has tolls.  
From Newcastle upon Tyne, 95.9 miles and approximately a 2 hour and 13 minute drive via A1(M). 
These directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, weather or other events may cause conditions to differ from the map results, and you should plan your route accordingly. You must obey all signs or notices regarding your route.