Queen's Lenten conversations: Faith in the time of the 'new normal'

A series of Lenten conversations hosted by The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education

This series aims to help congregations and house groups reflect on how Christians may understand the changes we’ve been through as a society, and the new ‘place’ we may be entering. It will draw on and introduce participants to resources from the tradition and offer them some tools for reflection to carry forward towards Easter.

Sessions will take place on Thursday evenings during Lent and will be streamed live from the Queen's chapel to groups gathered online. Resources will be provided for the weeks where there are no hosted sessions.

Thursday 3rd March: Where are we now?

This session will explore where we are culturally in the wake of the pandemic, drawing on the Psalms to consider change, struggle and growth as an anchor for reflection.

Thursday 17th March: Living in the tension

Framed in the context of the new consciousness of issues of race, and post George Floyd, this session will focus on ‘living in the tension’ and the challenges of holding together faith and identity.

Thursday 31st March: Same Boat or same storm

This session will consider who is included in the ‘new normal’. It will ask what models Scripture has to offer to aid reflection in this area, focusing on Sabbath Economics and Neighbour love

Thursday 7th April: Practices for reflection

This session will introduce some simple tools and practices for theological reflection that participants can use in Holy week and beyond to contemplate the ‘new normal’

The structure and timings

7-7:10pm - Gather
7:15-7:45pm - Talk
7:50-8:40pm - Group reflection
8:40-8:45pm - Speaker summary and end

Where and how can we participate?

Groups can either meet physically in one location to access the stream together or fully online. Bookings will be taken by size of group. If fully online the booker will be asked to provide a group name in order to set up online breakouts rooms and logins provided. An extra breakout room will be reserved for individuals who are not part of a group to participate.

Click here for more information or email dlstudies@queens.ac.uk