Living God's Future Now - w/c 14 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 14 March, 14:00 (GMT)
Register here.
Session 4 - Standing Up for the Oppressed - Mark 11: 4-12 & 15-19 and ‘Christ driving the Traders from the Temple’, El Greco, about 1600, NG1457.

HeartEdge Enrichment Conversation: Lenten Series 2021
Sunday 14 March, 3pm GMT/5.00pm SA Time Zone
Livestreamed here.
These conversations explore deeper within the Southern African context, the church renewal opportunities presented by the 4 Cs. Session 4 – Revd Dr Vicentia Kgabe (Culture).

Theology Group
Sunday 14 March, 18:00 (GMT)
Register here.
An opportunity to reflect theologically on issues of today and questions of forever with Sam Wells, responding to questions from Ingrid Philion. The theme this week is exploring the ethics of foetal genetic testing in relation to disability,


Biblical Studies class
Monday 15 March, 19:30-21:00 (GMT)
Register in advance here.
Join Simon Woodman for a lecture followed by discussion, with handouts. Lecture 06 Form, Redaction & Literary Criticism


Creating a New Communion
Tuesday 16 March, 10:00-11:30 (GMT)
Book here.
Exploring how generosity, gratitude, giving and fundraising call us into communion with God and with one another.

Reconciling Mission (2): Being White – Taking Responsibility for Addressing White Privilege
Tuesday, 16 March, 14:00 (GMT)
Register here.
This webinar seeks to resource participants to hold conversations about race and white privilege inside the church.

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 17 March, 16:00-17:00 GMT
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.


Reset The Debt webinar
Thursday 18 March, 14:00-15:30pm BST
Book here.
Join this workshop to explore: How the UK Government can #ResetTheDebt for families swept into debt by Covid-19. Why the biblical principle of Jubilee is the right place to start. How churches can speak with a distinctively Christian voice to call for change.

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