Living God's Future Now conversation - Stanley Hauerwas

‘Living God’s Future Now’ describes a series of online seminars, discussions and presentations hosted by HeartEdge. They are designed to equip, encourage and energise church leaders, laypeople and enquirers alike, in areas such as preaching, growing a church, shifting online, deepening spirituality in a congregation and responding to social need.

The focal event in 'Living God's future now' is a monthly conversation in which Sam Wells explores what it means to improvise on God’s kingdom with a leading theologian or practitioner.

Earlier conversations were with Walter Brueggemann, John McKnight, Chine McDonald and +Rachel Treweek. At 6.00 pm on Thursday 10 September, Sam will be in conversation with Stanley Hauerwas. 

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Professor Hauerwas has sought to recover the significance of the virtues for understanding the nature of the Christian life. This search has led him to emphasize the importance of the church, as well as narrative for understanding Christian existence. His work cuts across disciplinary lines as he is in conversation with systematic theology, philosophical theology and ethics, political theory, as well as the philosophy of social science and medical ethics. He was named "America’s Best Theologian" by Time magazine in 2001. Dr. Hauerwas, who holds a joint appointment in Duke Law School, delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectureship at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 2001.

This conversation will be chaired by Rev Maureen Kudson Langdoc. Maureen was appointed United Methodist Church Bishop of Indiana in 2014. She is a chaplain at Depauw University and holds a Masters of Divinity from Duke University and a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies from King’s University in London.

Then join us again for Part 2 of this conversation on Thursday 24 September when Sam and Stanley will be joined by Justin Coleman (UMC) and Debra Dean Murphy (West Virginia Wesleyan). Register at

Future conversation partners for Sam include Barbara Brown Taylor (October) and The Very Revd. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas (November).

The earlier Living God's Future Now dialogues can be viewed at