humbler church Bigger God w/c Friday 24th June 2022

Friday 24th June 2022 | Shut In Shut Out Shut Up: Poverty

Intersectionality is a way of describing how social categories (eg disability, race) combine to create overlapping systems of discrimination or disadvantage. In this 4th series of Shut In, Shut Out, Shut Up we explore the intersectional experience of disability and neurodiversity, gender, mental health, sexuality, race and poverty. What are the key issues in the context of faith? What are our calls to the church?

Since 2012 the Living Edge conference has held space for disabled and neurodivergent people to gather, to resource each other and the church. It's a partnership between St Martin in the Fields and Inclusive Church. These HeartEdge events share some of this experience, providing new space to ask challenging questions. Join us for more honest conversations.

16:30 (BST) | Zoom | Register here

Monday 27th June | Church History Course

This course provides an introduction to and an overview of church history. If we are to see a humbler Church and a bigger God, we need to deal with the history of the Church to understand where we are now, and why. The course started on Monday 24 January and runs twice a month at 7.45 pm on Mondays until 8 August 2022.

Ruth Gouldbourne has been a Baptist minister for more than 30 years, ministering in churches in Bedford, London and Cheadle Hulme, as well as being a tutor at Bristol Baptist College. An Associate Fellow of Spurgeon's College, she is also Senior Research Fellow of IBTSC Amsterdam, and a Research Fellow of Bristol Baptist College.

19:45 (BST) | Register here


Tuesday 28th June | Sermon Preparation with Sam Wells and Sally Hitchiner

16:30 (BST) | Livestreamed here. | Catch up on previous weeks sessions here.

Wednesday 29th June 2022 | Community of Practitioners workshop

Email our Sheppard Scholar, Shaun on to register and receive a Zoom link! 

We're reading Sam's book, Improvisation.

16:00 (BST) | Zoom Meeting

Also on Wednesday | Compassion Initiatives Get Together

Join HeartEdge and the Heart and Anchor Benefice in BD3 on 29th June from 12 noon until 2pm, for a lunchtime get together for all church, and church adjacent community and compassion projects. Whether you are a small food pantry or toddler group operating out of a vestry or a large third sector player managing multiple services you are welcome to join us to enjoy lunch, to meet together with like minded people, to hear about the fantastic work that is delivered by churches across the Bradford city region and to share the challenges, worries and joys that our work presents us with.

There will be a chance to hear about HeartEdge; an ecumenical network of churches seeking to resource and inspire churches working in the areas of Compassion, Culture, Congregation and Commerce but mainly this is an opportunity for you to meet together and discuss what resources the community of church projects have together and to inspire and encourage one and other.

This is the first event of its kind but it is hoped that in future we may be able to offer other get togethers to support and encourage you in your work.

There is no cost, but registration via our Eventbrite link will help us plan for catering. If you have any dietary or allergies, please do let Jo know on as soon as possible.

We look forward to meeting you.

Register here

SEPTEMBER | humbler church Bigger God conference

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Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 September 2022
Venue: Ascension Church, Hulme Manchester 

This September HeartEdge welcomes Scottish hymn writer and Church of Scotland minister John Bell, Anglican priest, poet and feminist theologian Rachel Mann, Global South theologian Anderson Jeremiah and many other exciting contributors, for a two-day conference: “humbler church, Bigger God” – a gathering of the HeartEdge community in Manchester (27 & 28 September 2022).

The programme also includes Andrew Graystone, Grace Thomas, Molly Boot, Kathy Versfeld, Anthony Reddie, Azariah France-Williams and of course, our own Sam Wells. There will be many other contributors, and every participant brings their own insights and perspective.

On the Tuesday evening the Conference will include, in partnership with the Church Times and SCM press, the annual Theology Slam.

The HeartEdge Conference is a practical, two-day intensive of ideas, theology and connecting. It includes workshops on enterprise and commerce, launching cultural projects, developing congregations and sustaining community response, plus time to make connections and find encouragements. This two-day intensive will pack in lots and prioritise practical input and resources.

Some of the sessions will happen in other community venues in Hulme or around the City Centre.

Further information

Further information is available from:

Ticket Prices:

Early Bird £110 (before 30 June)
Full price £150
Under 25 £75

Day rate:

Early Bird £55 (before 30 June)
Full price £75
Under 25 £35

For tickets go to: 

We don’t want ticket prices to be a barrier to anyone coming so get in touch if you think they may be.


For those wanting accommodation for the conference, Luther King House is offering rooms at the reduced rate of £40 a night single (£50 a night double or twin) including breakfast. Limited availability. To book, email or call 0161 224 6404 and quote ‘HeartEdge Conference’.

Published by

Shaun O'Brien

Date published

23rd June 2022

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