Living God's Future Now - w/c 30 May 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

Find earlier Living God’s Future Now sessions at

Regular – Weekly or Fortnightly

Tuesdays: Sermon Preparation Workshop, 16:30 (GMT), livestreamed at Please note there will be no Sermon Preparation workshop on Tuesday 6 April.

Wednesdays: Community of Practitioners workshop, 16:30 (GMT), Zoom meeting. Email to register.

Fortnightly on Mondays: Biblical Studies class, 19:30-21:00 (GMT), Zoom meeting. Register in advance: 2021 dates - Gospels & Acts:

• 7 Jun: Lecture 11 Luke-Acts
• 14 Jun: Lecture 12 Luke-Acts 


Inspired to Follow: Sunday 30 May, 14:00 (GMT), zoom - ‘Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story’ helps people explore the Christian faith, using paintings and Biblical story as the starting points. The course uses fine art paintings in the National Gallery’s collection as a springboard for exploring questions of faith. Session 20: Saint Peter. Text: Acts 10:30-48. Image: ‘Christ appearing to Saint Peter on the Appian Way (Domine, Quo Vadis?)’, Annibale Carracci, 1601-2, NG9.

Theology Group: Sunday, 30 May 2021, 19:00 – 20:00 BST, zoom - The St Martin-in-the-Fields and HeartEdge Theology Group provides a monthly opportunity to reflect theologically on issues of today and questions of forever with Sam Wells. Each month Sam responds to questions from a member of the congregation of St Martin-in-the-Fields who also chairs the session and encourages your comments and questions.


Pilgrimage post-Pandemic: Tuesday 1 June, 19:00 BST, zoom. Register at How is Pilgrimage changed by pandemic? In this workshop we explore this question with those who organise Pilgrimages. How Pilgrimage organizers and hosts are building better, safe experiences for the present and future. How do virtual Pilgrimages work in practice? What will they feature outside of lockdown? Revd Dr Donald Fishburne regularly leads groups on faith pilgrimages and helps other Pilgrimage hosts plan and lead fruitful group travel and spiritual experiences, through www.EO.Travel/Episcopal. Rev. Heather Prince Doss is an owner of Progressive Pilgrimage and regularly leads spiritually-minded trips to the Holy Land, Ireland, Scotland, and Europe. Eugene Ling organises the annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury for The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Long-time Episcopal priest Donald Fishburne and his wife Sarah enjoy helping new Pilgrimage hosts design their group experience as part of the faith journeys of Christians and seekers. They also recruit hosts and speakers on a variety of Pilgrimages. Donald leads online spirituality small groups, such as “Our Lenten Journey through the Wilderness toward Resurrection,” which features virtual pilgrimage elements. Rev. Heather Prince Doss is the owner of Progressive Pilgrimage and pastor of Eliot Presbyterian Church, a multicultural congregation in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. As a child of military parents, she has been traveling since birth and loves to help people experience God and deepen their faith by encountering new places, peoples, and cultures through travel. Eugene Ling has been the Annual Pilgrimage Coordinator for the Connection at St Martin’s since 2014 and is also a member of St Martin-in-the-Fields. This 4-day, 74 miles pilgrimage, from St. Martin’s to Canterbury Cathedral, normally involves about 120 pilgrims and volunteers each year. In 2020 it was replaced by a virtual Pilgrimage which involved 44 virtual pilgrims all over the world, walking for 2,833 miles. This Annual Pilgrimage is a fundraising event for the Connection at St Martin’s to support homeless people around London.

Sermon Preparation Workshop with Sally Hitchiner and Sam Wells
Tuesday 1 June 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.


Poetry, Refuge, Exile: Voices of Migration - Thursday 3 June, 16:30-18:00 (BST), zoom. Register at This is the third of a 4-part series on the themes of Migration, Theology and Community. Four poets – Amir Darwish, Jennifer Langer, Alison Phipps, Tawona Sitholé – and Lia Shimada (chair) will explore how poetry emerges from, and gives voice to, diverse experiences of exile, flight, abuse, hope, refuge and belonging. They will be joined by representatives from the Helen Bamber Foundation – a pioneering human rights charity supporting refugees and asylum seekers who are the survivors of extreme human cruelty. Mapping Faith: Theologies of Migration and Community (published by Jessica Kingsley, 2020) brings together over 35 writers, poets, artists and practitioners, from primarily Jewish, Muslim and Christian backgrounds. Royalties from book sales will be donated to the Helen Bamber Foundation, with whom HeartEdge has a longstanding relationship. This event is co-sponsored by the Susanna Wesley Foundation, which facilitated the production of the book. Alison Phipps holds the UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts at the University of Glasgow, where she is also Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies, and Co-Convenor of the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network. Tawona Sitholé is Artist in Residence of the UNESCO Chair for Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts at the University of Glasgow. He co-founded Seeds for Thought, an arts organization based in Glasgow. Amir Darwish is a poet and writer of Kurdish origin, whose work has been widely translated. Born in Aleppo, he came to Britain as an asylum seeker in 2003. Amir holds advanced degrees in History, International Relations, and Creative and Life Writing. He is currently working on his doctorate. Jennifer Langer is a poet and the founding director of Exiled Writers Ink. She has edited four anthologies of exiled literature and is a Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Lia Shimada is a geographer and theologian based at the University of Roehampton, where she serves as Senior Researcher for the Susanna Wesley Foundation and Associate Chaplain of Whitelands College. She is the editor of Mapping Faith: Theologies of Migration and Community (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2020).


Jesus Is Just Alright: What Pop Songs About Jesus Can Teach Christians Today (SESSION 1: Beer With Jesus) – Friday 4 June, 16:30 BST, zoom - For over fifty years, pop musicians in all genres have explored the meaning and significance of Jesus in their music. The result is a rich collection of songs that consider important spiritual questions like faith, doubt, and prayer in unique and often provocative ways. Through a combination of listening and discussion, this four-part series invites participants to explore a different spiritual topic each week. Join us to listen to great music that asks tough questions about our faith and our lives as Christians. SESSION 1: Beer With Jesus - Cowboy, soldier, friend, mother, gangsta: Jesus has appeared in all these guises – and many more – in pop songs over the past 50 years. By exploring what these different incarnations say about the ways modern Christians have imagined Jesus, this session will challenge us to consider how our own assumptions affect the way we relate to him. Do they help us to follow him – or are they a hindrance? And do we fall into the trap of recreating Jesus in our own image?

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30th May 2021

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