Living God's Future Now - w/c 4 July 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.

  • 12 Jul: Lecture 13 Parables and The Kingdom of God
  • 26 Jul: Lecture 14 Parables and The Kingdom of God

W/c 4 July 2021


God’s Unfailing Word
Sunday 04 July, 19:00 (GMT)
Register here.
The final conversation in a three-part series of conversations on the nature of Christian-Jewish relations in the 21st century. With Rabbi Daniel Epstein (Western Marble Arch Synagogue) and Revd Dr Sam Wells (St Martin-in-the-Fields). Based on the recently (2019) published God’s Unfailing Word (


Sermon Prep Sally Hitchiner and Sam Wells
Tuesday 06 July, 16:30 (GMT)
Live streamed on the HeartEdge Facebook page here.
Discussion of preaching and the lectionary readings for the coming Sunday with Sam Wells and Sally Hitchiner.

Art in Worship
Facebook premiere
Tuesday 06 July, 19:00 (GMT)
On the HeartEdge Facebook page here.
A lecture by Jonathan Evens exploring approaches to and understanding of the relationship between art and faith. This lecture highlights different facets to this relationship from the fourth century to the present demonstrating ways in which the intimate linkage which exists between the visual arts and Christianity was forged and sustained. Within this story, he explores the sacramental nature of art in worship over the years.


Community of Practitioners
Wednesday 07 July, 16:00 (GMT)
Email Jonathan Evens at 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 the HeartEdge team and book discussions.


Creation Care Course
Thursday 08 July, 4.00-5.30 pm (GMT)
Register here.
The environment is God’s gift to everyone. In this 4-week Creation Care Course, we will provide you with vital information about climate change, its impacts on people, and reflect on our role as Christians in taking practical climate action. Week 4: Caring for the Environment, Caring for People (8th July 2021, 16:00-17:30), we will hear about various options for climate change mitigation and adaptation that we can take as individuals, as parishes and as a Christian community.

Living God’s Future Now conversation – Anthony Reddie
Thursday 08 July, 6.00pm (GMT)
Register here.
The focal event in 'Living God's future now' is a monthly conversation in which Sam Wells explores what it means to improvise on God’s kingdom with a leading theologian or practitioner.Sam Wells and Anthony Reddie will be in conversation to discuss how to improvise on the kingdom. Dr Anthony Reddie is Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture. His main research interests lie at the intersection of Black liberation theology and Practical theology. His more recent books Include Theologising Brexit: A Liberationist and Postcolonial Critique (Routledge, 2010), and the republished 'Is God Colour Blind?' Insights from Black Theology for Christian faith and Ministry (SPCK, 2020) and Intercultural Preaching [co-edited with Seidel Abel Boargenes and Pamela Searle], (Regent’s Park College, 2021).

Miranda Threlfall-Holmes and Sam Wells | How to Eat Bread
Thursday 08 July, 8-9.00pm (GMT)
Register here.
Launching her new book ''How to Eat Bread - 21 Nourishing Ways to Read the Bible', Miranda Threlfall Holmes joins Sam Wells for some lively conversation on 21 nourishing ways to read the bible.

Last Chance

Mission Summer School - 12 – 16 July 2021
12-16 July 2021
For more details and to reg click here
An opportunity to engage more deeply with the theology of mission and to explore how it relates to your own practice.Input structured around the four Cs of Commerce, Culture, Congregation and Compassion. A mix of teaching and conversation with leading scholars and practitioners including the Revd Dr Sam Wells, Professor Anthony Reddie, Dr Cathy Ross, and Revd Heather Cracknell, among others. Workshops to engage with the themes and issues presented. Encounters with churches, organisations and projects (HeartEdge and Fresh Expressions) to get a hands-on feel for how it works out in practice.

For more information please have a look at this video of Sam Wells telling us more, here.