Mission Summer School: six dimensions of Being With

Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July 2022, online.              

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Engage more deeply with the theology of mission and explore how it relates to your own practice


This year the summer school will focus on Being With and reflecting on being with God, being with ourselves, being with God together, being with near and distant neighbours and being with creation 

Find out more about Being With here

With a mix of teaching, workshops, case studies and interviews the summer school will take a different theme each day. 


Price: £80

Register here!

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Revd Dr Sam Wells

Revd Dr Sam Wells has been Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields since 2012. He has served as a parish priest for 23 years – 10 of those in urban priority areas. He also spent 7 years in North Carolina, where he was Dean of Duke University Chapel. 

Sam is also Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College. He is a regular contributor to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. He has published 41 books, including works on Christian ethics, mission, ministry, scripture, liturgy, and preaching. His most recent book is Humbler Faith, Bigger God (Canterbury, 2022). 

Listen to Sam's most recent Thought for the Day here.


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Dr Kyama Mugambi

Kyama Mugambi's teaching and research interests center on African dimensions of church history, Pentecostalism, and the role of faith in public life. His book A Spirit of Revitalization: Urban Pentecostalism in Kenya (2020, Baylor University Press) was included in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research's list of "Ten Outstanding Books in Mission Studies, Intercultural Theology, and World Christianity for 2020." He conducts research and regularly teaches in Africa where he has built extensive networks in over a dozen countries.


Dr Sanjee Perera

Biography coming soon! 

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Dr Ruth Valerio

Dr Ruth Valerio is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund. An environmentalist, theologian and social activist. Ruth holds a doctorate from King’s College London, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Winchester and Chichester. She is Canon Theologian at Rochester Cathedral and her home church is part of the 24/7 Prayer Network. She enjoys living sustainably - practising what she preaches and inspiring others as she does so - in the South of England with her family. She is the author of L is for Lifestyle:Christian Living that doesn’t cost the earth, Just Living:Faith and Community in an age of Consumerism, and the children's book Planet Protectors: 52 ways to look after God's world. She also wrote the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent book, entitled Saying Yes to Life. Ruth is a regular contributor on Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.

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Revd Heather Cracknell

Revd Heather Cracknell joins HeartEdge as the new Director just days before Summer School, moving from her role as Head of Development for Fresh Expressions in the Church of England. In that role she has been enabling local churches and networks to support innovation and creativity, sharing the learning from the twenty years of the ecumenical Fresh Expressions movement to further develop the missional culture across the church. She is based passionate about learning in community, connecting with those outside the church and engaging with local culture. She is based in Norwich, having been a hybrid worker before it was popular. She is a wild swimmer, occasional paddleboarder and weight lifter, and hasn’t enjoyed supporting her local football team as much this year (for obvious reasons!)

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Dr Naomi Lawson Jacobs

Dr Naomi Lawson Jacobs (they/them) is a social researcher, writer and Disability Equality Trainer. Naomi is disabled and neurodivergent, and has been a disability activist for several decades. Naomi’s book ‘At the Gates: Disability, Justice and the Churches,’ co-written by Emily Richardson, is out in June 2022. Based on Naomi’s PhD research, the book shares disabled Christians’ stories of marginalisation in churches, their cries for justice from the edge, and their transformative theologies for the whole church. Naomi is part of a growing disabled and neurodivergent Christian movement, where a new thing is taking root on the edge of the church. They can be found at home in North London with their spouse and cats, and sometimes in church, at St Luke’s West Holloway.Twitter: naomi_jacobsFacebook: naomilawsonjacobsWebsite: naomilawsonjacobs.com

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Having a whole week with a community of practitioners is very helpful. Key has been the sense of 'belonging' and underpinning of Scripture, and prayer. Worth every penny and more!!!



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David Kalete

David Kalete is the Senior Partnerships Manager at All We Can and looks after partnerships in Uganda, Malawi and South Africa. He has a wealth of senior experience in civil society capacity and alliance building, programme planning, implementation and monitoring and relations between civil society and government. He previously worked as the Civil Society Liaison Manager at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London,  Deputy Director for Policy & Partnerships at the Aga Khan Foundation in Afghanistan and as Director of Programmes for CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation in Johannesburg, S. Africa.

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Revd Canon Tim Goode

Tim is the Rector of St Margaret’s Lee and was the Disability Advisor to the Southwark Diocese from 2013-21. Tim is a member of the National Disability Task Group, which advises the Archbishops on disability issues, a member of the General Synod since 2015 and since 2020 a member of Archbishops’ Council.  Since 2020 Tim had been a member of Churches Conservation Trust's Board of Trustees, by appointment of Her Majesty the Queen,  He was made an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral in September 2020.  

Tim studied Music at Huddersfield Polytechnic and trained as a secondary School teacher at the Roehampton Institute. He was Director of Music of Homefield School from 1995-2007. 

Tim trained for ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon and served his title at Croydon Minster, in the diocese of Southwark and was ordained priest in 2010.  From 2012-18, Tim was Team Vicar of St Luke’s Whyteleafe and St Peter and St Paul, Chaldon, part of the Caterham Team ministry.

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Revd Rachel Noel 

Biography coming soon! 

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Revd Sally Hitchiner

Revd Sally Hitchiner is the Associate Vicar for Ministry at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Her responsibilities include leading the Sunday morning congregation alongside the pastoral care, liturgical and organisational aspects of the church. 

Prior to working for St Martins Sally coordinated a large multi faith chaplaincy supporting staff and students in a university. She has served as a parish priest in Hyde Park and in Ealing, where, amongst other things, she led a congregation for those who are homeless or feel disconnected to the church. Sally is a regular contributor to discussions about faith and current affairs in the national media and is a member of the Church of England’s governing council, General synod. 

Sally is in a civil partnership with Fiona who is also a member of St Martin’s.

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I enjoyed all of it - and thought it actually worked well on zoom

Fiona MacMillan


Biography coming soon!


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Revd Richard Carter

Revd Richard Carter is Associate Vicar for Mission.  He was ordained in 1992 and has been a full-time priest at St Martin’s since 2006. He has special responsibility for the education programme, international links and hospitality of the church and links up with the Connection at St Martin’s for services, events and to lead the Spirituality Group.

Before coming to St Martin’s Richard was Chaplain to the Melanesian Brotherhood in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.


The Programme

MONDAY 4th JULY 2022

Being With God and Being With Ourselves

9:30 - 10:10 | Welcome and Dwelling in the Word

10:00 | Talk: Being With God - Revd Dr Sam Wells

10:30 - 11:00 | Small Group Reflections

11:00 - 11:30 | Break                                                                                        

11:30 -12:30 | Talk and Discussion: Being With Ourselves - Revd Dr Sam Wells and Revd Richard Carter

12:30 - 14:00 | Lunch Break 

14:00 - 15:00 | Small Group Work 


Being With God Together

9:30 - 10:00 | Dwelling in the Word

10:00 - 11:00 | Talk: Being With God Together - Revd Dr Sam Wells and Fiona MacMillan

11:00 - 11:30 | Break 

11:30 - 12:30 | Case Studies by Emma Major (Small Missional Communities), Kt Tupling (Disability and Jesus), Celia Webster (WAVE)

12:30 - 14:00 | Lunch Break 

14:00 - 15:00 | Panel Discussion: Themes of Disability and the Church hosted by Fiona MacMillan with Revd Rachel Noel, Revd Canon Tim Goode and Dr Naomi Lawson Jacobs

15:00 - 15:30 | Break 

15:30 - 16:00 | Small Group Reflection


Being with Near Neighbours

9:30 - 10:00 | Dwelling in the Word

10:00 - 11:00 | Talk: Being With Near Neighbours - Revd Heather Cracknell

11:00 - 11:30 | Break

11:30 - 12:30 | Case Studies with Anna Hembury (Pioneer in Hull), Bec Wilkinson and Steve Beale (Ascension Church, Hulme) and Kevin Johnson (Chapel in-the-Fields, Sinderland Green) 

12:30 - 14:00 | Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:30 | Being With Course taster session - Revd Sally Hitchiner

20:00 - 21:00 | Keynote address: Reflecting on Pandemic Response - Canon Dr Sanjee Perera


Being With Distant Neighbours

9:30 - 10:00 | Dwelling in the Word

10:00 - 11:00 | Talk: Being With Distant Neighbours - Kyama Mugambi 

11:00 - 11:30 | Break 

11:30 - 12:30 | Case Studies: Malawi Partnership, parishes of Westray & Papay, St Mary's Cathedral Johannesburg, East Anglia and Harare West Methodist partnership, The Apostolic Church (LAWNA) Liverpool

12:30 - 14:00 | Lunch Break 

14:00 - 15:00 | Interview: David Kalete

15:00 - 15:30 | Break

15:30 - 16:00 | Small Group Reflection

FRIDAY 8th JULY 2022

Being With Creation

9:30 - 10:00 | Dwelling in the Word 

10:00 - 11:00 | Talk: Being With Creation - Dr Ruth Valerio 

11:00 - 11:30 | Break 

11:30 - 12:30 | Case Studies with St James Piccadilly (Eco Church), Young Christian Climate Network, Milton Keynes Christian Foundation - social enterprise, Summerbridge Methodist Church (Eco Church)

12:30 - 14:00 | Lunch Break 

14:00 - 15:15 | Closing Service


each day the case studies (which are virtual visits) will run concurrently


Price: £80


Register Here! 

Access Information

General information

  • This year we are hosting the event on Zoom for the second time. The Zoom link for the day will be emailed to you on the email address you provide when registering, two days before (Saturday 2nd July 2022). 

  • Those who have paid for the Mission Summer School, but cannot attend for whatever reason will, in due course, be sent a password enabling them to view the recordings in their own time. 

  • There will be opportunities to ask questions throughout the week, either verbally or in the chat.

Access Times

  • The conference will run from Monday 4th July 2022 until Friday 8th July 2022.

  • Each day will begin at 9:30am (BST) and conclude at the following times: on Monday at 3.00pm (BST); on Tuesday at 4.00pm (BST); on Wednesday at 3:30pm (BST) and will resume at 8.00pm (BST) for our keynote speaker at 8.00pm (BST) which will finish at 9.00pm (BST); on Thursday at 4.00pm (BST) and on Friday at 3:15pm (BST).

  • Each day will have a lunch break at 12:30 (BST).

  • The zoom link will be open from 9:15am

  • If you sign in before 9:30am, you will be placed in a waiting room. Here, there will be a video playing as you enter the waiting room titled 'What is HeartEdge'. This video is approximately two minutes in length. 

Microphones, Speaking

  • Please mute your microphone during plenary (whole group) sessions except when you have been invited to speak. Please also mute your microphone during the breakout groups between your contributions.

  • Microphones are muted because they may pick up background noise which other people may hear and find distracting or struggle to process. Microphones will also reduce sound quality for recordings.

  • If you are communicating using spoken word, please remember to take turns to speak. It is difficult for the closed captions to interpret if people speak at the same time.

Closed captions

  • Live closed captions will be available throughout all of the sessions. 

  • A full transcript of the closed captions will be available on the day in the conference chat.

  • Live captions are a new feature since last year on Zoom. These work the same as live captions, but they are less accurate and some words are transcribed incorrectly.


  • Plenary sessions will all be recorded in speaker view.

  • Some workshop content will also be recorded. This will usually just be the workshop leader’s/leaders’ input.

  • Breakout groups will not be recorded.

  • Zoom will warn people when the recording is about to start in plenary sessions. Automatic warning is both audio & visual. You will need to click the box to confirm you are happy to be recorded. But you won't appear on the recording unless your camera is on and you are unmuted.

  • You are welcome to turn your camera off to avoid being recorded if you accidentally switch your microphone on.

  • Recordings of the sessions will be made available in due course. You will be given access to this link once it is available. 

Programme Access Information

  • The whole Mission Summer School will be run on Zoom.

  • Participants will be assigned to groups on Monday and will remain with these groups throughout the week. This is to enable you and your group to reflect with each other and share learning throughout the week.

  • Virtual Visits: each day your group will be assigned to a particular case study. Details of these, with links, will be sent at the start of the week. 

  • Everyone is invited to join in liturgy with microphones on mute for responses & singing. 


  • The person responsible for safeguarding during this conference is Catherine Morgan Hickey. If you see or hear something that concerns you during the conference please let us know. Either contact a Host directly via the Chat, or leave the Zoom call and email (catherine.morganhickey@smitf.org).