I am very excited to say that things are firming up for our Hearts and Minds conference in early June. It looks like a fascinating day – we have papers on church hopping; theology of friendship and disability; and how to disciple post-moderns, among others – plus of course our fantastic keynote speaker Ian Stackhouse reflecting on personhood and dementia.
It’s not too late to submit a paper – see the event page for more details. To book your place at the conference email firstname.lastname@example.org by 22nd May. The conference is free to attend, and lunch costs £5 or feel free to bring your own.
Revd Dr Helen Paynter
In partnership with Urban Life, Bristol Baptist College is introducing four new modules at level 7 which will open up a new pathway for those who wish to pursue an in-depth study of the theology and practices of mission in relation to urban and marginalised contexts.
- Theology and Mission in Contemporary Urban Contexts
- Practical Theology and Ethnography
- Theological Perspectives on Place and Power
- Christian Responses to Marginalisation, Social Exclusion and Deep-Rooted Deprivation
The modules will be of interest to those who are committed to living out a practical and radical Christian response in communities and places that are marked by deprivation and social marginalisation of various kinds. They draw on a combination of key subjects to ensure that theological rigour connects with the lived experience of those in marginal places. They explore the complex and fluid cultures and situations which describe contemporary urban life and seek to develop practical Christian responses in terms of practices and spiritualities which nurture Christian involvement in demanding and difficult environments.
Click here to find out more about these modules.
We are delighted that Revd Dr Tim Welch has been appointed as Coordinator of Ministerial Formation and tutor in Practical Theology at the College. Tim is currently minister of Cambray Baptist Church, Cheltenham, and has previously served as a minister in Richmond, Shrewsbury and Jersey. Before becoming a minister Tim was a Religious Education teacher. His PhD is in Pentecostal studies. Tim is married to Rachel and they have three children.
We look forward to Tim joining the College community at the beginning of September.