As part of building a community of reflection related to the blog, I have previously hosted one-day Festivals of Theology, the first in January last year, and the second last October. On each occasion we had a great time of listening, learning, reflection and discussion, with around 100 people attending on each occasion. As a result I am planning a third Festival on Tuesday 8th October again here in Nottingham at Christchurch, Chilwell.
As before, 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 seven 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. To see the range of things we covered previously, do look through the programme for the first and the second festival days. 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. And be assured: we will, once more, have orange balloons!
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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