HeartEdge partners and new books

Lorenzo Lebrija of Try Tank has contributed to 'We Shall Be Changed: Questions for the Post-Pandemic Church' edited by Mark D. W. Edington.

The Covid-19 pandemic is an inflection point for the church everywhere—and certainly for the Episcopal Church. The sudden flowering of creativity, connection, and collaboration is an expression of the Holy Spirit’s relentless presence within the church; yet ongoing distancing creates difficulties to be overcome on the other side of the present crisis.

How will we change habits of isolation and regather the church? How will we manage the impact on church finances? How is God calling us to embrace the energy and creativity of this moment—and the longing people have felt for a return to community? What challenges will we face regathering the people of God, particularly in already weakened communities?

'We Shall Be Changed' is a gathering of brief essays from thought leaders around the church on pressing topics that the church needs to be considering now—in preparation for the end of this pandemic. The book is designed to spur conversation within parishes, fellowship groups, and clergy gatherings about how to embrace the gifts this time has given while anticipating and addressing the very real challenges the church will confront in its wake.

Azariah France-Williams, of HeartEdge Hub church The Ascension Hulme, took part in the book launch for 'Words for a Dying World: 
Stories of Grief and Courage from the Global Church' edited by Hannah Malcolm. 
There is a sudden and dramatic rise in people experiencing a profound sense of anxiety in the face of our dying planet, and a consequent need for churches to be better resourced pastorally and theologically to deal with this threat. 

'Words for a Dying World' brings together voices from across the world - from the Pacific islands to the pipelines of Canada, from farming communities in Namibia to activism in the UK. Contributors include Anderson Jeremiah, Azariah France-Williams, David Benjamin Blower, Holly-Anna Petersen, Isabel Mukonyora, Jione Havea, and Maggi Dawn. The book launch can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb6pgkSX6qE

On Wednesday 3 February Andy Salmon, HeartEdge Regional Coordinator NW, takes part in the launch of Henry Martin's new book, 'Alongside'. Henry Martin will discuss his new book, ideal for Lent study, with Andy Salmon, Jo Calladine and Ian Fellows. Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtual-book-launch-alongside-by-henry-martin-tickets-135958663021?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=estw&utm-source=tw&utm-term=listing

The real Jesus’ life was by no means struggle-free. If like him, we trace our spiritual ancestry back to Jacob, we should not expect exemption from struggles in our lives. They are integral to our learning, thriving, believing and living.’ This fascinating book of short reflections on Gospel accounts of Jesus facing struggles in life, each followed by a prayer, then grouped questions to consider, makes for valuable reading – at Lent, Advent, or any time of year. Chapters are themed by Jesus’ struggles with his family, with his friends, with religious people and structures, with the crowds as the Kingdom dawned, and with his destiny. There are also chapters on things that trouble us but with which Jesus did not struggle.

Henry Martin is an artist, writer and ordained Anglican minister. His first book was the acclaimed Eavesdropping, and he has also illustrated Brian Sibley’s book Joseph and the Three Gifts. He has worked in ministry in Dagenham, Salford and most recently for seven years as the Managing Chaplain at HMP Manchester (Strangeways).

An online seminar at end of February is being organised by the Centre for Baptist Studies and its Director Christine Joynes to officially launch and engage with the latest book by Andy Goodliff, Minister at HeartEdge member Belle Vue Baptist Church. 'Renewing a Modern Denomination: A study of Baptist Institutional Life in the 1990's' is coming out later this month from Wipf and Stock. Those on the seminar panel will be Lina Toth Andronovie, Paul Fiddes and Tony Peck. More details to follow.