Living God's Future Now - w/c 12 December 2021

Living God’s Future Now is our online festival of theology, ideas and practice. Join us for talks, workshops and discussions. Living God's Future Now is designed 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: 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 recordings of earlier Living God’s Future Now sessions here.

For future events, check out the revamped events section of our website. HeartEdge partners can now promote their own events through the HeartEdge website. Just log in to the Partners' Area to submit your event details for both online and in-person events. 

Tuesday

Sam and Sally's Sermon Preparation Workshop
Livestream
Tuesday 14 December, 16:30-17:30 (GMT)
Livestreamed on HE Facebook Page here.

Sam Wells and Sally Hitchiner discuss this Sunday's readings and offer practical tips on preaching.

Wednesday

Community of Practitioners

Zoom
Wednesday 15 December 16:00-17:00 (GMT)
Email Jonathan Evens on jonathan.evens@smitf.org to take part. 

This is a space for practitioners, lay and ordained, to reflect on theology and practice. Each week, we alternate between 'Wonderings' and discussion of a work of theology. This week we will be discussing the first three chapters of Wendell Berry's The Hidden Wound, an extended essay on racism in the United States. Newcomers are very welcome.

Friday

Inspired to Follow: The Four Last Things
Zoom
Friday 17 December, 16.30-17.30 (GMT)
Register here.
This four-week course explores the big themes of Advent—death, judgement, heaven and hell—using fine art paintings from the National Gallery, Biblical stories, theological reflection and conversation with others. This final session will explore the theme of Hell through reflection on Luke 16:19-30 and ‘The Rich Man being led to Hell’ by David Teniers the Younger. All are welcome.

Sunday

Theology Group
In-person at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church Hall.
Sunday 19 December, 12:00-13:00
Join us after Sunday's service at St Martin-at-the-Fields for a conversation on eschatology with Sam Wells and Sheppard Scholar Rose Lyddon, chaired by Lawrence Warner, Professor of Medieval English at King's College London and a member of our congregation at St Martin's. The season of Advent calls us to reflect not only on the incarnation of Christ, but also on his second adventus at the end of days. How do we understand the end of the world today in the face of climate crisis and pandemic? How does the Last Judgement relate to heaven, hell and salvation? Are we in an age of secular eschatology and, if so, how should we engage with these issues as Christians? We'll kick off the discussion at 12.00 in the Church Hall after coffee.

Coming up soon 

Pioneer Practice with Jonny Baker and Guests | Zoom
13 January — 3 February

Pioneer Practice is a four-week series of webinars exploring the practicalities of on the ground pioneer ministry. Each week, Jonny will have two or three guests and get into the gritty day to day of how they pioneer. It’s ideal for you if you have started something or if you have an inkling or an idea you want to explore and get started. Register here to attend the series and for access to recordings.

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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