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Living God's Future Now - March 2021

28th February 2021

'Living God’s Future Now’ is our mini online festival of theology, ideas and practice.

We’ve developed this in response to the pandemic and our changing world. The church is changing too, and - as we improvise and experiment - we can learn and support each other.

This is 'Living God’s Future Now’ - talks, workshops and discussion - hosted by HeartEdge. Created to equip, encourage and energise churches - from leaders to volunteers and enquirers - at the heart and on the edge.

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HeartEdge: commerce, culture, congregation and compassion

26th February 2021

Three clergy from the Anglican Church Southern Queensland share insights and learnings from their participation in the HeartEdge movement.

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HeartEdge on YouTube

26th February 2021

With the support of our US partners Try Tank, a HeartEdge YouTube page has been created. In time, this will become the main site for viewing recording from our Living God's Future Now online festival of theology and ideas.

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Event | Living God's Future Now monthly conversations

The focal event in 'Living God's Future Now' is a monthly conversation (on the second Thursday in each month) in which Sam Wells explores what it means to improvise on God’s kingdom with a leading theologian or practitioner.

Earlier conversations were with Walter Brueggemann, John McKnight, Chine McDonald, +Rachel Treweek, Stanley Hauerwas, Barbara Brown Taylor, Kelly Brown Douglas, Steve Chalke, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Sarah Coakley, among others. Find these conversations at https://www.facebook.com/pg/theHeartEdge/videos/?ref=page_internal.  

See here for details of the next in this series. 

Upcoming events

HeartEdge | Mission Summer School

zoom, 12 – 16 July 2021

An opportunity to engage more deeply with the theology of mission and to explore how it relates to your own practice. Input structured  around the four Cs of Commerce, Culture, Congregation and Compassion. A mix of teaching and conversation with leading scholars and practitioners including the Revd Dr Sam Wells, Professor Anthony Reddie, Dr Cathy Ross, and Revd Heather Cracknell, among others. Workshops to engage with the themes and issues presented. Encounters with churches, organisations and projects (HeartEdge and Fresh Expressions) to get a hands-on feel for how it works out in practice. In partnership with St Augustine's College of Theology. 

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Living God's Future Now

'Living God’s Future Now' describes a series of online seminars, discussions and presentations hosted by HeartEdge. They are designed to equip, encourage and energise church leaders, laypeople and enquirers alike, in areas such as preaching, growing a church, shifting online, deepening spirituality in a congregation and responding to social need.

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The HeartEdge four Cs:

Congregations developing open, hospitable, welcoming approaches to day-to-day communal life, liturgy and worship.

We think it’s possible to be a church without being defensive or closed-minded. The Holy Spirit works as much beyond the church as within it - we look for God at work and join in.

God wants us to live before death as well as after.

HeartEdge is about deepening and widening the congregation.

Engaging local need and addressing social justice.

We do unbelievable things when we start with our assets rather than deficits.

It’s possible to be compassionate with those excluded or in trouble, in a way that enhances community.

Care comes not from altruism but recognition of our own need, and desire to be transformed by the strangers God sends us.

Visual and performing art and ideas, re-imagining the Christian narrative for the present moment.

Exploring new avenues of arts from expand and encourage new cultures within church and the community.

Commercial activity generating finance, creatively extending and enhancing mission.

We think it is possible to have commercial activities available within Church that demonstrates a wider understanding of the Faith.

By allowing our assets - likes buildings and facilities - to broaden and appeal to a larger market we remain at the centre of our community, valued and considered by all.

Congregation

Day-to-day communal life, liturgy and worship

Congregations developing open, hospitable, welcoming approaches to day-to-day communal life, liturgy and worship.

We think it’s possible to be a church without being defensive or closed-minded. The Holy Spirit works as much beyond the church as within it - we look for God at work and join in.

God wants us to live before death as well as after.

HeartEdge is about deepening and widening the congregation.

Compassion

Partnering with others in forming relationships, releasing the gifts of strangers

Engaging local need and addressing social justice.

We do unbelievable things when we start with our assets rather than deficits.

It’s possible to be compassionate with those excluded or in trouble, in a way that enhances community.

Care comes not from altruism but recognition of our own need, and desire to be transformed by the strangers God sends us.

Culture

Re-imagining the Christian narrative for the present

Visual and performing art and ideas, re-imagining the Christian narrative for the present moment.

Exploring new avenues of arts from expand and encourage new cultures within church and the community.

Commerce

Finding income streams to achieve financial sustainability and grow flourishing programmes

Commercial activity generating finance, creatively extending and enhancing mission.

We think it is possible to have commercial activities available within Church that demonstrates a wider understanding of the Faith.

By allowing our assets - likes buildings and facilities - to broaden and appeal to a larger market we remain at the centre of our community, valued and considered by all.

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