Living God's Future Now - w/c 7 February 2021

'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 - fortnightly), 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



Nazareth Community Online Workshop

Monday 14:30 to 15:30 BST
Register here -
The workshop will be led by Revd Richard Carter & Revd Catherine Duce, and is an opportunity to learn about the life of the Nazareth community, and to consider how it could be applied in your own contexts. For more info.

New Testament Bible Study with Simon Woodman 

Monday 19:30-21:00 BST
Register here - Lecture - Gospels & Acts: The Synoptic Problem - with handouts and plenary with Simon Woodman, Minster of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church and Tutor at South Wales Baptist College, and a lecturer at Cardiff University.


Preaching in Lent, Holy Week and Easter

Tuesday 10:30 - 17:30 BST
Book here -
Join for a one-day, online festival including worship, lectures and reflection. Programme includes: Sam Wells; Jane Williams; Luigi Gioia; Bishop Guli Francis-Dehqani; Great Sacred Music on the theme of Holiness with the St Martin’s Singers; David Hoyle; Mark Oakley; and Live sermon preparation with HeartEdge.

Sermon Prep Sally Hitchiner and Sam Wells 

Tuesday 16:30 -17:30 BST
Live streamed on the HeartEdge Facebook page here -
A live preaching workshop focusing on the forthcoming Sunday's lectionary readings in the light of current events and sharing of thoughts on approaches to the passages.


Community of Practitioners workshop

Wednesday 16:00-17:00 BST
Email Jonathan Evens here - - to take part. This is open to all, including ordinands and lay leaders. Church leaders join in community, share and reflect together on their recent experiences in the form of wonderings with one of HeartEdge team.


God in Exile: Interfaith perspectives on welcoming refugees

Thursday 16:00-17:30 BST
Register here -  
This is the second of a 4-part series that explores the themes of Migration, Theology and Community, and how sacred religious texts shape, and are shaped by, migration and community. Panellists include Pádraig Ó Tuama, Sofia Rehman, Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen, and Lia Shimada.

‘Living God’s Future Now’ - HeartEdge monthly dialogue

Thursday 18:00-19:00 BST
Register here -  
Sam Wells and Sarah Coakley will be in conversation to discuss how to improvise on the kingdom. Sarah Coakley was Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity in the Faculty from 2007-2018.