Upcoming Events

A listing of local group meetings appears in the Events Calendar

Radical God

Martin Camroux on "Radical God". This is his talk at the 2018 Free to Believe Conference. Some will remember that that he led a study day at Tavistock URC on "Religion is Dangerous" about 5 years ago.

Location:
Tavistock United Reformed Church Russell Street Tavistock
Host:
Tavistock Group

Full details in group programme

ST GEORGE’S COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES  2019-2020 - “What can we really believe about Jesus Christ?”

ST GEORGE’S COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES 2019-2020 - “What can we really believe about Jesus Christ?”

Rev. Reiss will examine both historical and theological debates about what can be credibly believed about Jesus since the advent of biblical criticism from the nineteenth century onwards, considering especially some recent debates started by the publication of The Myth of God Incarnate.  He is the author of Sceptical Christianity (2016) and is working on Death, Where is Your Sting? which he hopes will be published in 2020.

Location:
ST GEORGE’S, WESTCOMBE PARK, Glenluce Road, Blackheath, London SE3 7SD
Speaker:
The Revd Canon Dr Robert Reiss, Canon Emeritus Westminster Abbey
Host:
ST GEORGE’S, WESTCOMBE PARK, Glenluce Road, Blackheath, London SE3 7SD

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Project Bonhoeffer Conference: Faith in Our Democracy -by Project Bonhoeffer

Project Bonhoeffer Conference: Faith in Our Democracy -by Project Bonhoeffer

Project Bonhoeffer is hosting its annual conference, this year at St Georges Conference Centre on October the 26th. Join us for a day of keynote speakers, including Professor Tom Greggs of Aberdeen, and an afternoon of workshops to leave you with the drive and ideas to help build Faith in Our Democracy. More information can be found here:
https://www.projectbonhoeffer.org.uk/455-2/

Location:
St George's Conference Centre, 60 Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3DL

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Karen Armstrong’s unfoding theology

Group member Clyne Shepherd will be exploring with us a few of the themes from Karen Armstrong's writing, and will then invite us to share our thoughts about the issues raised in his talk. The meeting promises to guide us further in the forward direction we identified in September. Hopefully it's 'one more step along the way we go!' Everyone is included and welcome....

Location:
Mornnigside Parish Church hall
Speaker:
Clyne Shepherd
Host:
Edinburgh Group

Full details in group programme

Apocalypse Now?

In the week we have been promised we will exist the EU `Do or Die` and in the light of the climate emergency, Peter will look at how our group might respond the events in the real world.

Location:
Oakham Methodist Church, 44 Northgate, Oakham LE15 6QS
Speaker:
Peter
Host:
Oakham Group, Rutland. Group

Full details in group programme

We Need To Talk About Race: Black Experience in White Majority Churches

We Need To Talk About Race: Black Experience in White Majority Churches

The Bible speaks of an impartial God, a diverse body of believers and justice for all people. Yet, historically, the words of the Bible have been used to justify slavery, segregation and racial discrimination. And despite advances in law and in society, white privilege persists in all areas of life, including our churches.

Location:
St Paul's Cathedral, London
Speaker:
Ben Lindsay, Guvna B, Rosemarie Mallett, Chine McDonald
Host:
St Paul's, London

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The Resurrection

We all know about the resurrection of Jesus but who are the people mentioned in Matthew 27 v 52-53? "The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many" Why dd Jesus go into Hades after his death and before his resurrection? Come along and find out....

Location:
The Balcony, The County Ground, St George’s Road, Harrogate, HG2 9BP
Host:
Harrogate Evening Group

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The Church in Sweden

Two of our members have moved to Sweden but are visiting Bedford. They will talk about their experiences of the Swedish Church and how it compares with the CoE. They expect to bring a guest who is a retired priest of the Swedish Church. PLEASE NOTE that the meeting has been deferred from October to accommodate our visitors.

Location:
Please contact Tim Hern.
Speaker:
A group discusion
Host:
Bedford Group

Full details in group programme

Yemen

A talk on the situation in Yemen is proposed. This will replace the talk by Martin Mowforth of Tavistock Peace Action Group on the theme of Central America which will occur in 2020.

Location:
Tavistock United Reformed Church Russell Street Tavistock
Speaker:
Martin Mowforth
Host:
Tavistock Group

Full details in group programme

The Bible can be funny

Trevor Dennis on "The Bible can be funny". This is one of his talks at the 2018 Free to Believe Conference. Having been vice principal at Salisbury and Wells theological college and then cannon chancellor at Chester Cathedral, he is now retired but is well known for many books which make faith very accessible for the person in the street.

Location:
Tavistock United Reformed Church Russell Street Tavistock
Host:
Tavistock Group

Full details in group programme

ST GEORGE’S COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES  2019-2020 -“Thank God for Equal Marriage”

ST GEORGE’S COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES 2019-2020 -“Thank God for Equal Marriage”

Jeffrey John will address the current struggle to allow same-sex marriage in the Church of England. He has been Dean of St Albans since 2004 . He was previously Vicar of Holy Trinity Eltham, Canon Chancellor and Theologian of Southwark Cathedral, and Director of Training in the Southwark Diocese. He has been partnered to Grant Holmes since 1976. In 2003 he was appointed Bishop of Reading but subsequently forced to withdraw. His books include The Meaning in the Miracles; Permanent Faithful Stable: Christian Same-Sex Marriage,; and Going for Growth.  He co-authored This is Our Faith: A Popular Presentation of Anglican Belief..

Location:
ST GEORGE’S, WESTCOMBE PARK, Glenluce Road, Blackheath, London SE3 7SD
Speaker:
The Very Revd Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans Cathedral
Host:
ST GEORGE’S, WESTCOMBE PARK, Glenluce Road, Blackheath, London SE3 7SD

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Renewal and Rebellion: Faith, Economy and Climate

Renewal and Rebellion: Faith, Economy and Climate

Our environment is in crisis, inequality is growing, and yet our economic system seems fixated on endless growth, while politics is paralysed and coarsened by division.
How do we need to change our political and economic assumptions in order to meet these challenges? How can we can model new ways of living ourselves, and as churches? How does our hope in God’s future empower us to live a hopeful, abundant life on a finite planet?
JPIT’s 2020 national conference Renewal and Rebellion: faith, economy and climate invites you to join in looking at the big challenges we all face – rethinking economic structures and taking radical steps towards climate justice, and how we can all act to change them – in faith, for people and for planet.
Through panel discussions, workshops, poetry, art and conversation, we hope to inspire and resource people to speak, pray and act boldly for justice and peace over the next decade.

Location:
The Riverside Centre Derby
Speaker:
Ed Miliband, MP ,Katherine Trebeck, Wellbeing Economist, Christine Allen, Director of CAFOD, Ross Greer, Green MSP

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