Seminars: Friday morning (9.30-1.00)
Seminars continue the theme of the week, with the opportunity to attend two of the four offered. Details of the 2020 seminars are below:
COMMUNITY AND IDENTITY: BEING THE CHURCH IN A SECULAR AGE with Helen Morris
This seminar will introduce some recent ideas in theology that help us understand our secular context. We’ll explore topics such as identity, gender, sexuality, spirituality and religion and identify some opportunities and challenges that the contemporary world provides.
RAIDERS OF THE BIBLICAL WORLD with Chris Sinkinson
How have the latest archaeological discoveries from the Holy Land cast light on our reading of the Bible? From the shores of Galilee to the heart of Jerusalem, Chris will share from both his own experience and recent news reports that reveal material evidence for Biblical claims. This seminar is also an opportunity to consider the contemporary scepticism over the historical value of the Bible. If there is so much evidence why does our mainstream media seem so often to ignore it?
SOCIAL MEDIA : GIFT FROM GOD OR CURSE FROM HELL with Andy du Feu
In this session you will be able to reflect theologically on the near universal embrace of digital platforms and how Christians might utilise these platforms to communicate the gospel effectively. Andy is Vice-Principal, Academic at Moorlands College, and his teaching portfolio includes digital theology **. His book, “ Looking Good Naked: Youth Ministry and the Body of Christ”, is being released in 2020.
** digital theology is the recognition of the rise of the study of religion online, and the need for theological scaffolding to support faithful, biblically-consistent interventions and involvement on digital platforms, such as social media apps, the use of data, etc. (James 1.17; 3.13-17)
IS THERE HOPE FOR EVERYONE OR ARE SOME BEYOND HOPE ? with Peter Holloway
Peter is CEO of Prison Fellowship, whose 2,800 volunteers support the 120 prisons of England and Wales. He will ask, “as followers of Christ, how should we view and respond to crime and those who commit it?” And whether, “we really believe that no one is beyond hope.” Peter has a background in aviation, HR and international humanitarian work and is married with two grown-up children.