Living God's Future Now - October 2020

'Living God’s Future Now’ is our mini online festival of theology, ideas and practice.
We’ve developed this in response to the pandemic and our changing world. The church is changing too, and - as we improvise and experiment - we can learn and support each other.

This is 'Living God’s Future Now’ - talks, workshops and discussion - hosted by HeartEdge. Created to equip, encourage and energise churches - from leaders to volunteers and enquirers - at the heart and on the edge.

The focal event in ‘Living God’s Future Now’ is a monthly conversation where Sam Wells explores what it means to improvise on God’s kingdom with a leading theologian or practitioner.

The online programme includes:

  • Regular weekly workshops: Biblical Studies (Mondays), Sermon Preparation (Tuesdays) and Community of Practitioners (Wednesdays).
  • One-off workshops on topics relevant to lockdown such as ‘Growing online communities’ and ‘Grief, Loss & Remembering’.
  • Monthly HeartEdge dialogue featuring Sam Wells in conversation with a noted theologian or practitioner.

Find earlier Living God’s Future Now sessions at

Weekly (October – December 2020)


HeartEdge is supporting the Festival of Preaching run by Canterbury Press and Church Times, on Tuesday 29 September which has a great line-up of contributors including: Mark Oakley, Anna Carter Florence, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Martyn Percy, Joanna Collicutt, Malcolm Guite, Augustine Tanner Ihm, and Rachel Mann. Sam Wells is giving the opening address and our regular HeartEdge Sermon Preparation workshop with Sam and Sally Hitchiner also features in the Festival's programme (watch the livestream at Find out more about the Festival at There is a ticket discount available to all who have joined HeartEdge. For more information on the discount offer sign in to the website and go to our Resources section of the website (first joining HeartEdge, if you've not already done so).

In the third session of 'Reimagining music in church post Covid-19', Andrew Earis (Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields), Tom Daggett (Organ Outreach Fellow at St Paul’s Cathedral, and Director of Choir Church at St George in the East) and Alisa Campbell (choral scholar at St Martin-in-the-Fields) will explore church music education during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what we might learn for the future. Tom Daggett is a former Organ Scholar of Lincoln College, Oxford. He has a wealth of experience in the field of education and outreach, principally from his association with the Centre for Theology and Community. He founded the Hackney Children’s Choir and has a deep vocation to help the disadvantaged, particularly through his own enthusiasm for and experience of music. This session is on Tuesday 29 September, 18:30-19:30 (BST), zoom meeting - .


Why be enterprising? Entrepreneurial impacts for churches: Thursday 1 October, 19:00 BST, zoom meeting - How can church and commerce be realigned to generate finance while creatively extending mission? This workshop is about sharing experiences of enterprise through stories and tips from practitioners. With Jaime Edwards-Acton (Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church Hollywood), Richard Frazer (Greyfriars Kirk), Catherine Jones (Grassmarket Community Project), David Neita (Entrepreneur) and Stephen Norrish (Milton Keynes Christian Foundation).

Let's Talk about Dying and Being With the Dying: Friday, 2 October 2020, 16:30 – 18:00 BST, zoom meeting - A conversation with palliative care doctor and best-selling author Dr Kathyrn Mannix campaigning for better public understanding of dying.

In What Do We Trust? Autumn Lecture Series: Monday 5 October, 19:00 (BST), SMITF facebook page. Lecturer: Rowan Williams. Register at

'Reimagining music in church post Covid-19': Tuesday 6 October, 18:30-19:30 (BST), zoom meeting - 4. Voluntary Choir focus.

‘Living God’s Future Now’ - HeartEdge monthly dialogue: Thursday 8 October, 18:00 (BST), Zoom meeting - Sam Wells in dialogue on improvising the kingdom with Barbara Brown Taylor.

Living Well with Grief: Friday 9 October, 16:30-18:00 (BST), zoom - Carla A. Grosch-Miller is a practical theologian, minister and poet. For the last three years, she has been working with a team researching, teaching and writing about congregational trauma. Their academic book is titled Tragedies and Christian Congregations: The Practical Theology of Trauma (Routledge, 2019).

Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story: Sunday 11 October, 14:00 (BST), Zoom meeting - Session 1 based on National Gallery’s ‘Sin’ exhibition.

Theology Group: Sunday 11 October, 18:00 (BST), zoom meeting - An opportunity to reflect theologically on issues of today and questions of forever with Sam Wells, who will be responding to questions from Eugene Ling, a member of the congregation of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Eugene will also chair the session and encourage your comments and questions.

In What Do We Trust? Autumn Lecture Series: Monday 12 October, 19:00 (BST), SMITF facebook page. Lecturer: Neal McGregor. Register at

In the Shadow of Your Wings: Thursday 15 October, 16:30 (BST), zoom. An interactive online event presented by Deus Ex Musica which is a musical bible study on the Psalms. This is a unique ecumenical event that combines new musical interpretations of psalms with small-group discussion. Register at

Being Interrupted: Reimagining the Church's Mission from the Outside, In – Friday 16 October, 14:00-15.30 (BST), zoom - Al Barrett and guests explore an 'alternative economy' for the Church's life and mission, which begins with transformative encounters with neighbours and strangers at the edges of our churches, our neighbourhoods, and our imaginations.

Let's Talk about Death: Practical Steps for Churches - Friday 16 October, 16:30-18:00 (BST), zoom - Li Mills, End of Life Doula UK; Revd Juliet Stephenson, Director of The Good Funeral Company, Liverpool; Lia Shimada, Death Café, St James Piccadilly; Death over Dinner Organisation, USA.

Telling Encounters: Stories of Disability, Faith, Church & God - Saturday 17 October, zoom and facebook.  Explore stories and storytelling via talks, workshops, small groups - entirely online, partnering with HeartEdge and Inclusive Church. Includes (tbc): stories of ministry in restricted places; narrative theology; workshops on art, music, storytelling, godly play, public narrative - self, us, now; inclusive liturgy.

Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story - Sunday 18 October, 14:00 (BST), Zoom meeting - Session 2 based on National Gallery’s ‘Sin’ exhibition.

Death and Money: Thinking practically about Legacies in a Pandemic - Friday 23 October, 16:30-18:00 (BST), zoom - Dr Claire Routley has worked in fundraising for fifteen years Stewart Graham has a particular interest in the Spirituality of Fundraising Ruth Tormey, World Vision, has years of experience of working with legacies and churches at Christian Aid and around dioceses in UK.

Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story: Sunday 25 October, 14:00 (BST), Zoom meeting - Session 3 based on National Gallery’s ‘Sin’ exhibition.

Learning a Missional Practice: Dwelling in the Word - Wednesday 28th October, 14:00-15:30 (BST), zoom - Dwelling in the Word is a simple, but profound way of reading the bible in community, based on Lectio Divina while being subtly quite different from that ancient practice. This session will introduce the practice, enable an experience of it and offer a time to reflect together on what happened. There will then be an opportunity to take the practice away and introduce it “at home” and later, as an option returning to meet together to see what might happen next. The session will be facilitated by Nigel Rooms with Frauke Eicker from the Church Mission Society.

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