Over the last few years HeartEdge has held a day conference in Scotland. This year the Conference is expanding to cover two days (2 and 3 October). A poster is attached.
The HeartEdge Conference is a practical, two-day intensive of ideas, theology and connecting. It includes workshops on enterprise and commerce, launching cultural projects, developing congregations and sustaining community response, plus time to make connections and find encouragements. This two-day intensive will pack in lots and prioritise practical input and resources.
HeartEdge is a growing network of churches and other organisations working across the UK and overseas, begun by St Martins-in the Fields under the inspirational leadership of Rev Dr Sam Wells. Dr Wells is giving the Chalmers lectures this year, a series entitled ‘A Future that's Bigger than the Past.' These lectures are concerned with the theology and methods of HeartEdge as a movement for renewal in the Church. The conference includes the opportunity to hear the final three lectures in the series; the first three in the series being held in September.
This October HeartEdge welcomes US theologian Winnie Varghese, asset-based community worker Cormac Russell, and many other exciting contributors for its two-day conference 'On earth as it is in heaven' – a gathering of the HeartEdge community in Edinburgh.
I will be taking part in the programme in conversation with Sheena McDonald on the theme of Renewing the Church, along with The Most Reverend Mark Strange (The Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church) and Dr Sara Parvis (Senior Lecturer in Patristics, University of Edinburgh).
Among others taking part over the two days are: Rosie Addis; David Bradwell; Derek Browning; ID Campbell; Jonathan Evens, Sally Hitchiner; Simon Jay; Jonny Kinross; Tania Kovats, Deborah Lewer; Suzanne Lofthus; Maxwell Reay; Scott Rennie; Fiona Smith; Peter Sutton; and Bev Thomas.
The conference venues are the Parish Church of St Cuthbert and St John's Church, with the Chalmers Lectures held at Greyfriars Kirk. Further information is available from Revd Jonathan Evens, Associate Vicar HeartEdge, St Martin-in-the-Fields (020 7766 1127 / firstname.lastname@example.org) and you can register at https://tickets.myiknowchurch.co.uk/gb/ODYyLTEz/t.
I do hope I will meet some of you there.
Colin A M Sinclair
Rt Revd Colin A M Sinclair
General Assembly of the Church of Scotland