Living God's Future Now - November 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 https://www.facebook.com/pg/theHeartEdge/videos/?ref=page_internal.

In November we have two events to introduce HeartEdge more widely; one for London (12 November) and another for West Cornwall (24 November). Find out more at:

Weekly (October – December 2020)

November

  • Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story - Sunday 1 November, 14:00 (GMT), Zoom meeting - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inspired-to-follow-art-and-the-bible-story-tickets-122769198979. Session 3 based on National Gallery’s ‘Sin’ exhibition.
  • In What Do We Trust? Autumn Lecture Series: Monday 2 November, 19:00 (GMT), SMITF facebook page. Lecturer: Paula Gooder. Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trusting-in-scripture-autumn-lecture-series-2020-tickets-117242009005?aff=erelpanelorg
  • 'Being Interrupted: Re-imagining the Church's Mission from the Outside, In' – Thursday 5 November, 16:30 GMT, zoom - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/being-interrupted-3-reimagining-the-churchs-mission-from-the-outside-in-tickets-126246301085. Hosted by Ruth Harley, Al Barrett and Sharon Prentis. Session 3: 'Jesus, Interrupted' with Augustine Tanner-Ihm and Dr Jennifer Harvey. In this session we'll be exploring some gospel encounters between Jesus and his 'others', how they shape our imaginations of the church-in-mission, and where in those stories we recognize our own experiences of being gifts and challenges to others, and receiving gifts and challenges from others.
  • Shut In, Shut Out, Shut Up: Friday 6 November, 16:30-18:00 (GMT), zoom meeting - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shut-in-shut-out-shut-up-tickets-126480429369. Since 2012 the Living Edge conferences have held space for disabled and neurodivergent people to gather, to resource each other and the church. In this HeartEdge series we'll share some of this experience, exploring issues and ideas across current practice and systemic barriers, outmoded belief and cutting edge thinking. Come and join the conversation with Fiona MacMillan, Emily Richardson and Katie Tupling discussing Disabled people & coronavirus: post-pandemic church.
  • Being Interrupted: Reimagining the Church's Mission from the Outside, In – Monday 9 November, 15:30-17:00 (GMT), zoom meeting. 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. ‘Life at the edges’ sees Paul Wright and Clare McLean and Sahra Farah (two of the Street Connecting team at Hodge Hill) in conversation with Cathy Ross, Sharon Prentis, Ruth Harley and Al Barrett.
  • ‘Living God’s Future Now’ - HeartEdge monthly dialogue: Thursday 12 November, 18:00 (GMT), Zoom meeting - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/living-gods-future-now-dialogue-kelly-brown-douglas-tickets-120415821965. Sam Wells in dialogue on improvising the kingdom with Kelly Brown Douglas.
  • Shut In, Shut Out, Shut Up: Friday 13 November, 16:30-18:00 (GMT), zoom meeting - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shut-in-shut-out-shut-up-tickets-126480429369. Since 2012 the Living Edge conferences have held space for disabled and neurodivergent people to gather, to resource each other and the church. In this HeartEdge series we'll share some of this experience, exploring issues and ideas across current practice and systemic barriers, outmoded belief and cutting edge thinking. Come and join the conversation with Fiona MacMillan, Ann Memmott and Bingo Allison discussing Neurodiversity & church: intersectionality.
  • Theology Group: Sunday 15 November, 18:00 (GMT), zoom - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/st-martin-in-the-fields-heartedge-theology-group-tickets-125862461009. An opportunity to reflect theologically on issues of today and questions of forever with Sam Wells, who will be responding to questions from a member of the congregation of St Martin-in-the-Fields. That person will also chair the session and encourage your comments and questions.
  • Fundraising Clinic: Monday 16 November, 14:00 – 15:30 GMT, zoom - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fundraising-clinic-tickets-127320048693. ‘Got a question about fundraising?’ Join us as we unpick some of the common challenges to raising money for churches and community groups and look at simple steps you can take to encourage generosity within your communities. We’ll be taking questions, sharing ideas and pointing you towards good practice to help you raise the money you need to change the world.
  • Being Interrupted: Reimagining the Church's Mission from the Outside, In – Monday 16 November, 16:30-18:00 (GMT), zoom meeting. 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. ‘What would the Roman centurian do …?’ sees Azariah France-Williams and Rachel Mann in conversation with Sharon Prentis, Ruth Harley and Al Barrett.
  • With love to guide us, nothing can divide us: Religious faith and LGBTI+ - Monday 16 November, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT, zoom - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/with-love-to-guide-us-nothing-can-divide-us-religious-faith-and-lgbti-tickets-127018759529. With both a religious and general challenge to LGBTI+ people and even to their alliances, is conflict between religion and LGBTI+ people inevitable? A lecture and Q&A with Revd Dr Christina (Tina) Beardsley. Part of the St Brides, Liverpool series of occassional lectures, with HeartEdge and the 'Living God's Future Now' festival of theology, ideas and practice.
  • Learning a Missional Practice: Dwelling in the Word - Wednesday 18 November, 14:00-15:30 (GMT), zoom - . Follow-up Session to ‘Learning a Missional Practice: Dwelling in the Word’ with Nigel Rooms and Frauke Eicker from the Church Mission Society.
  • God in Exile: Interfaith perspectives on welcoming refugees - 19 November, 16:30-18:00 (GMT), zoom - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/god-in-exile-tickets-126533385763. This is the first of a 4-part series that explores the themes of Migration, Theology and Community. In this interactive session, panelists Mohamed Omar, Yvonne Green, Julie Khovacs and Lia Shimada (chair) will share their insights into some theologies and practicalities of welcoming refugees – of welcoming God in Exile. Mapping Faith: Theologies of Migration and Community (published by Jessica Kingsley, 2020) brings together over 35 writers, poets, artists and practitioners, from primarily Jewish, Muslim and Christian backgrounds. Royalties from book sales will be donated to the Helen Bamber Foundation, with whom HeartEdge has a longstanding relationship.
  • Shut In, Shut Out, Shut Up: Friday 20 November, 16:30-18:00 (GMT), zoom meeting - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shut-in-shut-out-shut-up-tickets-126480429369. Since 2012 the Living Edge conferences have held space for disabled and neurodivergent people to gather, to resource each other and the church. In this HeartEdge series we'll share some of this experience, exploring issues and ideas across current practice and systemic barriers, outmoded belief and cutting edge thinking. Come and join the conversation with Fiona MacMillan, Naomi Lawson Jacobs and Krysia Waldock discussing Disability, social justice and the church.
  • Being Interrupted: Reimagining the Church's Mission from the Outside, In – Monday 23 November, 16:30 (GMT) zoom meeting. 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. ‘Resurrection from the compost heap’ sees guests (tbc) in conversation with Sharon Prentis, Ruth Harley and Al Barrett.
  • Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story: Sunday 29 November, 2.00 pm (GMT), Zoom meeting - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inspired-to-follow-advent-course-tickets-126549205079. ‘The Advent Wreath’ exploring the Patriarchs, the Prophets, John the Baptist and Mary. Session 1, The Patriarchs - Genesis 12:1-10.‘The Departure of Abraham’; Workshop or imitator of Jacopo Bassano, about 1570-90, NG2148. ‘Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story’ helps people explore the Christian faith, using paintings and Biblical story as the starting points. The course uses fine art paintings in the National Gallery’s collection as a spring board for exploring questions of faith.
  • Apocalyptic Lockdown Blues: Monday 30 November, 16:30 GMT, zoom - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/apocalyptic-lockdown-blues-tickets-127400090099. A musical journey through lockdown, with visual mapping exercises and dialogue to explore the pandemic as an apocalypse - an event that reveals, and a threshold to new possibilities. With David Benjamin Blower: 6-string writer, poet, theologian and podcaster from Birmingham.

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