MWBorgMarcus Borg Memorial Conference - ‘Days of Awe and Wonder: How we see makes all the difference’

Friday 19th - Saturday 20th October, St. Mark's Centre for Radical Christianity, Sheffield in partnership with PCN Britain

In this conference, Rev Canon Marianne Wells Borg will take extracts from the posthumous collection of Marcus’s work entitled Days of Awe and Wonder and will seek to explore with us what it means to be Christian today. What is the Christian story and how do we ‘see’ the world through the lens of Christian faith? Can our days indeed be filled with awe and wonder? Is how we see and pay attention what makes the difference? Read more

GVheaderGathering Voices: From welcome to affirmation

Saturday 27th October, 9.30am-4pm,
Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent campus

Together we will explore how to resource your church to become more inclusive so:

‘any person, regardless of sexuality or gender identity will find our local church to be a place of welcome, embrace, inclusion, affirmation and sanctuary’ - Oasis Foundation Open Church Charter

Keynote speakers include Gareth Streeter from Oasis UK, The Rt Revd Geoff Annas, Anglican Bishop of Stafford, Revd Dr Christina Beardsley. 

Gathering Voices is a collaboration of Christian & LGBT+ organisations including Accepting Evangelicals, the Evangelical Fellowship of Lesbian and Gay Christians, Open Table, The Sibyls and Stonewall. Read more

PBMichaelCurryGreenbelt hosts The Power Of Love with Bishop Michael Curry

Book launch,  Southwark Cathedral, Monday 29th October 7:00pm

This summer, Bishop Michael Curry shot to public attention when he preached that sermon at Harry and Meghan’s wedding. Two billion people around the world heard him speak about the redemptive power of love. In his new book, The Power of Love, he shares that sermon, together with its introduction and context notes – as well as four more of his favourite sermons on love and social justice.

Read more and ook on the Greenbelt website.

DeconstructionDeconstruction Retreat with Simon Cross

Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th November, The Hayes, Swanwick

Deconstruction is part of the human condition. We build things up, and then we become confined by them. It's only by consciously decontructing what we have built, that we can grow and develop. But it's a painful process, or it can be. And it's usually only precipitated by some kind of crisis, something that stops us in our tracks, and makes us realise that somethings have to change, a bereavement, a relationship breakdown, a feeling of betrayal. The process of deconstruction gives rise to various conflicting feelings: guilt, liberation, fear, exhilaration... Dealing with such mixed feelings is hard, and in order to get through them with a sense of healthy progress, it can really help to take time to take stock. This short retreat is designed to do just that. Read more

Diarmuid O MurchuIncarnation: A new evolutionary threshold - Talk by Diarmuid O’Murchu chaired by Revd Lucy Winkett

Sunday 4th November 1.45-3.30pm, St James' Picadilly, London. A Living Spirituality Connections event, in partnership with St James’ Piccadilly

Incarnation signifies embodiment, reminding us that God’s creativity throughout creation is mediated through bodies, from the vast universe right down to subatomic particles. This understanding requires a fresh appraisal of the conventional Christian understanding in which Incarnation focuses on the person of Jesus. How the expanded vision can be integrated with our Christian story is the topic for this lecture.
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Alan Cadwallader 200x200Cracking the Monolith: Liberating the Bible for Contemporary Life
with Alan Cadwallader,  Centre for Public and Contextual Theology at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, Australia.

Thursday 8th - Saturday 10th November 2018, Gladstone's Library, Hawarden, CH5 3DF

John Robinson and Jack Spong kept alive the willingness of people of faith to feel the pull of the future. And yet both were avid students of an ancient text - the Bible. This combination resisted the fossilisation of sacred scripture and ensured that there was a creative and lively engagement between past word and present life so that a vibrant hope for the future might emerge. This course seeks to honour their work by engaging with new developments in the study of the New Testament.

Read more on the Gladstone's Library website.

padraig o tuamaHope in Conflict & Rhythms of Peace - Corrymeela Weekend with Pádraig Ó Tuama

Saturday 17th-Sunday 18th November, Exeter

Discover creative ways to deal with conflict, from practitioners in different contexts: including Jo Berry, Jude Taylorson, Louisa Burnand, Jayme Reaves, Brother Jonathan Herbert and Brother Hugh, Bishop Peter Price and Rev Simon Taylor. The keynote address by Pádraig Ó Tuama, leader of the Corrymeela Community, is followed by panel discussion, then break-out groups where speakers will tell their own stories and lead discussions. Followed by an evening of poetry reading. Pádraig Ó Tuama will be the guest preacher at an ecumenical Christian Service on Sunday 18th November at 10.30am. Those of all faiths and none will be very welcome. Read more.

Ayla LepineMeaning in the Making:
Modern Women Artists and the Church

The Sixth Donald Barnes Memorial Lecture with Revd Dr Ayla Lepine, Wednesday 21st November 8.00 pm
St Peter’s Church, Belsize Square, London NW3 4HY
In association with the Hampstead Christian Study Centre

Ayla Lepine writes and lectures on theology and the arts and has held academic posts at the Courtauld, Yale, and the University of Essex. She is a trustee of Art and Christianity, writes for the Church Times, and been a speaker at Greenbelt. Her recent publications include Modern Architecture and Religious Communities 1850-1970 and articles on the Gothic Revival, London churches, and global Anglican visual culture.

All welcome - Admission free - Retiring collection.