Living God's Future Now - 3 October 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 online programme includes:

  • Regular weekly workshops: Biblical Studies (Monday’s 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’

Find earlier Living God’s Future Now sessions at

Regular – Weekly or Fortnightly

Tuesdays: Sermon Preparation Workshop, 16:30 (GMT), livestreamed at  

Wednesdays: Community of Practitioners workshop, 16:00 (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:

  • 11 Oct: Lecture 19 John's Gospel The Book of Signs 1
  • 25 Oct: Lecture 20 John's Gospel The Book of Signs 2


HeartEdge Youth Conversation: Heritage

Sunday 3 October, 14:00 (GMT)
Watch the livestream here -

Following successful HeartEdge Lent conversations, the HeartEdge hub for Southern Africa is holding a second series of conversations in October 2021. These will feature young people from the Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin, Johannesburg. The first theme is Heritage/Culture, September being Heritage month in South Africa. The panel for this topic will be facilitated by Banathi Lukhuleni with the panel members including: Lubabalo Dlwathi, The Revd Canon Dr Mongezi Guma, Jason Osuafor, a member of the diaspora community, and Fr. Richard Carter from St Martin-in-the-Fields.


The Dream and the Journey (Autumn Lecture Series)
In-person at St Martin-in-the-Fields and livestreamed online
Monday 4 October, 19:00-20:30 (GMT)
Tickets are free and available to purchase here -

In what way has the last ten years been defined by the movements of people seeking safety from war, natural disaster and poverty? How do we both tell and respond to their story in a way which brings these journeys to the wider public, not just an aesthetic experience but also as an affective and ethical one; challenging, informing conscience and transforming our own humanity and journeys. Can these journeys lead to hope? Join Neil MacGregor, Issam Kourbaj, Ruth Padel and Lucy Winkett in discussion.


Sam and Sally's Sermon Preparation Workshop
Tuesday 5 October, 16:30-17:30 (GMT)
Livestreamed on HeartEdge Facebook Page here -

Sam Wells and Sally Hitchiner discuss preaching from the Revised Common Lectionary in the light of current events and general good practice. 


Community of Practitioners

Wednesday 6 October, 16:00-17:00 (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. We are beginning to read ‘Jesus and the Disinherited’ by Howard Thurman. As the discourse about race has become more urgent, and more influenced by US models, it’s a good time to look at the work of one of Martin Luther King’s mentors, a voice largely neglected in the US and almost unknown in the UK, to find sources of resistance to racism within the Christian tradition.


HeartEdge SpotLight: Suburban Churches
Thursday 7 October, 14:00-15:30 (GMT)
Register here -

With Revd Justin Dodd, St Barnabas, Ealing. Interactive walking tour of this suburban location. Our new SpotLight series builds practitioner networks across similar geographical locations. Are you working in a suburban setting? This event is for you.

Creation Care Course Week 1
Thursday 7 October, 19:30-21:00 (GMT)
Register here -

This 4-week Creation Care Course is a unique collaboration between Chester Diocese, HeartEdge, Melanesian Mission UK and Southampton University. The environment is God’s gift to everyone. We have a responsibility towards each other to look after God’s Creation. Tackling climate change is a vital part of this responsibility.


Ideas and inspiration for All Souls, Remembrance, Funeral Ministry and times of grieving

In-person at Sacred Trinity Church, Chapel Street, Salford M3 5DW.
Saturday 9 October, 11.30-15.45 (GMT)

Register here -

This half day will be perfect for clergy, church musicians and lay leaders to find inspiration for the times when we want to grieve with others. 

Catch up with missed sessions...

Why not catch up with the lectures, workshops and conversation you've missed in the last 14 months or so? If you head over to one of the following platforms you will find a wealth of resources that will inspire and equip for your work, whether you are ordained, lay, or simply enquiring.

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3rd October 2021

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