Living God's Future Now: w/c 21 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

W/c 21 March 2021

Inspired to Follow: ‘Who is my Neighbour? – A journey through Lent’ - Sunday 21 March, 14:00 (GMT), zoom - click here to register. The course uses fine art paintings in the National Gallery’s collection as a spring board for exploring questions of faith. Session 5 - Carrying Another’s Load (Simon of Cyrene) - Luke 23:26-33 and ‘Christ carrying the Cross’, Italian, Venetian, about 1500, NG6655.

HeartEdge Enrichment Conversation: Lenten Series 2021 – Sunday 21 March, 17:00 SA Time Zone, live stream via Youtube. These conversations and series of talks explore deeper within the Southern African context, the church renewal opportunities presented by the 4 Cs. Session 5 – Revd Maphelo Malgas (Congregation).

Creating a New Communion: Tuesday 23 March, 10:00-11:30 (GMT), zoom - click here to register. Exploring how generosity, gratitude, giving and fundraising call us into communion with God and with one another. Inspired by Henri Nouwen and his wonderful book The Spirituality of Fundraising.

Sermon Preparation Workshop: Tuesday 23 March, 16:30 (GMT), livestreamed at the HeartEdge Facebook page. A live Facebook preaching workshop focusing on the forthcoming Sunday's lectionary readings.

Community of Practitioners: Zoom, Wednesday 24 March, 16:00-17:00 (GMT). Email Jonathan Evens at jonathan.evens@smitf.org 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.

Through the heart: A reflective process on change and transformation - Friday 26 March, 14:00-15:30 (GMT), Zoom - click here to register. Through the heart uses the heart as a model for how transformation may work in our own lives. This Zoom-based reflective process looks at different aspects of change and transformation.