New Venue: Leeds

(more information will become available in due course!)

Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 September 2022 

Early Bird Tickets Still Available*

 

*only until August 13th, though so be quick! 

- 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:

Early Bird - £110 (till 13 August!)
Full price - £150
Under 25 - £75

Day rate:

Early Bird - £55 (till  13 August!)
Full price - £75
Under 25 - £35

We don’t want ticket price to block attendance - email us for details.

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THIS IS A DRAFT PROGRAMME AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE


 

DAY ONE

10.00: DOORS OPEN

10.45: WELCOME

10.50: WELCOME TO THE CONFERENCE from Bev and Rosie

10.55: KEYNOTE SPEECH from John Bell – humbler church, Bigger God 

11.40: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS chaired by Bev

11.50: REFRESHMENTS

12.10: HUMBLER CHURCH IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT with Anderson Jeremiah & Grace Thomas

13.00: LUNCH AND NETWORKING

13.55: WORSHIP 

14.30: WELCOME BACK

14.35: 4 Cs SEMINARS

KEVIN JOHNSON – Chapel in the Fields (4 Cs)

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.

KATHY VERSFELD – Let me take you to … (Commerce)

VAUGHAN S ROBERTS – Kingdom stories (Congregation)

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.

ANDREW GRAYSTONE – Tiny acts of rebellion (Compassion)

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 – New ways to create ‘AHHH’ moments (Culture)

MOLLY BOOT - Medieval wisdom for modern life (Congregation)

15.20: REFRESHMENTS

16.00: 4 Cs SEMINARS x 6

16.45: WRAP UP AND PRAYER

God of hope, in Jesus you made heaven visible to earth and earth visible to heaven: make your Church a community at the heart of your kingdom alongside those on the edge of society, that each day we may seek your glory, and embody your grace; through Christ our Lord.

Amen


17.00: WORSHIP optional

between 17:00 and 19:00, there will be street food available to enable further networking! 

19.00: THEOLOGY SLAM

DAY TWO
 

08.30: MORNING PRAYER optional

9.30: DOORS OPEN

10.00: WELCOME

10.10: HeartEdge STORY

10.15: ANTHONY REDDIE – humbler church, Bigger God

11.00: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

11:15: REFRESHMENTS

11.30: KEYNOTE SPEECH with Rachel Mann - Encounters with the spectres of God

12.15: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

12.30: DISCUSSION – I wonder what has expanded your understanding of God. I wonder what you think the best expression of a humbler church would be.

13.00: LUNCH

14.00: HeartEdge STORY

14.05: BEING WITH LAUNCH with Sally Hitchiner and Sam Wells

14.50: CONFERENCE TAKEAWAYS

15.20: PANEL SESSIONS: renewal from the edge with Anthony Reddie, Rachel Mann, John Bell, Molly Boot and Azariah France-Williams. Chaired by Bev Thomas and Rosie Dawson

16.00: WRAP UP


ACCOMMODATION


More information coming soon! 

 


GETTING HERE

BY TRAIN  
 
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) 
 
BY CAR 
 
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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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