Living God's Future Now - w/c 7 March 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


Inspired to Follow: ‘Who is my Neighbour? – A journey through Lent’
Sunday 07 March, 14:00 BST
Register here -
Inspired to Follow: ‘Who is my Neighbour? – A journey through Lent’ - Session 3 - Giving Hospitality to Strangers - Luke 10: 25-42 and ‘Christ in the House of Martha and Mary’, Diego Velásquez.

HeartEdge Enrichment Conversation: Lenten Series 2021
Sunday 07 March, 15:00 BST (17:00 SA Time Zone)
Livestreamed here -
HeartEdge Enrichment Conversation: Lenten Series 2021- These conversations and series of talks will explore deeper within the Southern African context, the church renewal opportunities presented by the 4 Cs. Session 3 – Revd Cookie Makaba (Compassion).


Creating a New Communion
Tuesday 09 March 10:00-11:30 BST
Book here -
Creating a New Communion - Exploring how generosity, gratitude, giving and fundraising call us into communion with God and with one another.

Sermon Prep Sally Hitchiner and Sam Wells
Tuesday 09 March 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 10 March 16:00-17:00 BST
Email Jonathan Evens at to take part. Church leaders (lay and ordained) join in community, share and reflect together on their recent experiences in the form of wonderings and book discussions.


Book launch: Sacred Pavement
Thursday 11 March, 14:00-15:30 BST.
Book here -
Explore some of the ways in which city-dwelling can be a spiritual practice in itself with Erin Clark Rector of St Matthew's Bethnal Green and author of Sacred Pavement.

Living God's Future Now conversation: Jonathan Tran
Thursday 11 March, 18:00 BST.
Book here -
Sam Wells explores what it means to improvise on God’s kingdom with Jonathan Tran, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology and George W. Baines Chair of Religion, Baylor University.


Over the edge: A reflective process on change and transformation
Friday 12 March, 14:00-15:50 BST
Book here -
Over the edge looks at what happens when we cross boundaries or borders, this will be a reflective workshop concerned with spiritual journeying; designed and led by Chris Bemrose. Chris is a trained Social Sculptor: using the arts, broadly defined, to bring about social, ecological and spiritual change.

Me and my hero
Friday 12 March, 20:00–21:30 BST
Registration: Email Secretariate Arminius Institute, Vera Kok, email here - (Please register before March 5, 2021).
Live master class around heroism and heroes from the past and in the present. Explore the difference between a hero and a saint with Rev. Sally Hitchiner, Associate Vicar at St. Martin in the and Heroes Made Strange Again with Prof. Dr. Peter-Ben Smit, CCBI. More information click here.

Don't Miss

Our New Podcast: (G)race
Listen to conversations on God and race - here -  (G)race features Azariah France-Williams and Winnie Varghese plus guest! A series of unapologetic conversations about God, faith, belief, ideas - and race, identity and experience. Third episode with writer, director and award-winning film maker, Sharon Lewis.

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7th March 2021

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