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January 2017


Sunday 8 January 12noon-1.00pm

Theology Group

with Revd Dr Sam Wells


Join us for an opportunity to reflect theologically on issues of today and questions of forever with Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields and Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College, London.

The first group gathering takes place in the Austen Williams Room on Sunday 8 January followed by further opportunities on 12 February, 5 March and 2 April all from 12noon-1.00pm.  Everyone is welcome to come along to any or all of the sessions.


Monday 23 January 7.00-8.30pm

Word Made Flesh

Does the church really need academic theology?


Is there still a place for academic theology in the life of the church? Or should the church instead spend less time mulling over big ideas, and focus more on living out the Gospel?

Would the church be any poorer if academic theology didn’t exist? And in what ways does academic theology need the church?

This event brings together an exciting panel of diverse theologians and church leaders, both ordained and lay, all of whom seek to speak to the challenges of today’s world.

In what promises to be a fascinating and provocative conversation, our panel will discuss what role, if any, academic theology plays in the everyday life of the church.

Panelists for the evening are:

Alison Milbank Associate Professor, Nottingham University

Christina Rees Broadcaster, writer and chair of Women and the Church

Lincoln Harvey Assistant Dean, St Mellitus College, London

Mark Oakley Canon Chancellor, St Paul’s Cathedral

Sam Wells Vicar, St Martin-in-the-Fields

Steve Chalke Baptist minister, founder of Oasis Trust

The chair is Julie Gittoes, Residentiary Canon at Guildford Cathedral


All are welcome to attend this free event in the church, followed by a reception and an opportunity to purchase books by the participants.