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The Festival of Theology: 30th Jan 2018

One of the things I love about writing a blog is the fascinating interactions with the equally fascinating people who contribute to debate on social media and in the blog comments. So I have decided to host a one-day Festival of Theology on Tuesday 30th January 2018 here in Nottingham.

The plan will be to listen to 15- to 20-minutes presentations on a range of subjects, with time for response, interaction and discussion. The day will start with coffee at 10.00 am, with the welcome and first presentation at 10.30. With an hour’s break for lunch, we will plan to finish at 3.30 pm, which should allow for around 8 presentations.

The presentations will match the areas that the blog explores—the way the Bible is read and understood within the church, aspects of ministry including preaching, questions of contemporary ethics, and mission strategy and effectiveness. If you would like to offer a presentation, please email me with the subject line Festival of Theology or use the contact form, explaining the area you would like to offer a presentation and what you would be wanting to say. I hope that presentations will be stimulating and provocative—so do feel free to offer something that you think I will disagree with! If there are topics you would like to see covered, please suggest them by commenting below.

There will also be time over coffee and lunch and at the end of the day to meet one another, and I hope it will be a highlight to actually meet in person people that we have been interacting with online.

So put the date in your diary; share with your friends; and think about either offering a presentation yourself or encouraging others to do so! I look forward to seeing you there!


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13 Responses to The Festival of Theology: 30th Jan 2018

  1. Steve Walton November 10, 2017 at 8:54 am #

    Great idea, Ian! Alas, I shall be recovering from a hip replacement, or I’d gladly come.

  2. Simon November 10, 2017 at 9:00 am #

    Sounds great Ian – sign me up – and many congrats on winning ‘Blogger of the Year’ – well deserved indeed.

    • Will Jones November 10, 2017 at 9:23 am #

      Hear, hear!

      And me too. Great idea.

  3. Bridget November 10, 2017 at 9:34 am #

    Good idea. I’ll be there, watching this space for booking details presumably?

  4. Chris Wooldridge November 10, 2017 at 9:39 am #

    I would love to come but train tickets are prohibitively expensive. If anyone is planning on driving up from in or around the Reading area, I’d be happy to split petrol costs. Let me know!

    • Peter November 13, 2017 at 10:50 pm #

      Can do South Wales

  5. Eddie Arthur November 10, 2017 at 9:47 am #

    I’ll be heading down from the Leeds area; I’d be happy to drive and share costs – otherwise, I’ll get the train.

  6. Rhona Knight November 10, 2017 at 12:41 pm #

    In the diary – excellent idea !

  7. Christopher Shell November 10, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

    Hope I may be able to attend, tho’ not to present. Congratulations on the blogger award.

  8. Cara Schmidt November 10, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

    Will this be recorded? It would be great it you could make it available for those who live far away!

  9. David Shepherd November 10, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    Hi Ian,

    I’m up for it!

    As a lay person, I’m also audacious (or arrogant 🙂 ) enough to express my interest in working with a progressive commenter to co-develop and co-deliver a presentation which succinctly maps out the shape of our theological disagreement.

    Vain hope? Well, maybe.

  10. Peter November 10, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

    Great idea and hope to be there. When do tickets go on sale?
    On items for presentation I’d love to see something on Christianity and debt. This is such a wide-ranging problem in our society, and with the key dynamic moving from income to assets it is surely time to review our theological view on this. And our response. And it’s more interesting than gender and sex, which seem to have been done to death over the last few decades.

  11. Ros November 12, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    Dear Ian,
    yes – thanks – I am following your blogs with interest. Please – have you any thoughts on church membership, responsibility and ‘discipline’?
    You may be aware that unlike the Church of England, so far as I understand it, the Methodists require people in roles in the church to be signed up as members. How do we work out the best way of being members of whatever church family we belong to? What if people have a rather ecumenical and evangelical background but their nearest live church happens to be a methodist church, and there are signed up members who are not at ease with non members taking active initiatives and roles within the church family. The non members being devout Christians who work diligently to serve the church and the local community. I would be so interested in hearing some general suggestions on how to work positively together when people strongly disagree!

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