Current Programmes

Virtual Cuppa: Stories of Encounter in Strange Times

Wednesday 10th June, 2020. 7:30-9:00pm

Virtual Cuppa remains a space to continue to contemplate the Coronavirus situation and its implications for our work as church leaders, community workers and mission practitioners.  However, this month it will take a slightly different format…  

At the start of our time together, we’ll invite one person to share a story of encounter (or missed encounter) that they have noticed during the Coronavirus pandemic.  It might be a story from a personal, community or work context but it will highlight something that has captured the storyteller’s attention and given them food for thought.  We’ll then split into small groups to reflect on what we’ve heard, to contemplate how it fits with our own experience and discuss what new insights it might be offering about ourselves, others and God. 

You do not need to have been at previous sessions to participate in this one – all are welcome.     

To sign up visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/107062053484 

More Questions than Answers

Wednesday 17th June, 2020. 7:30-9:00pm

More Question than Answers is an experimental reflective space in which to consider the theological questions that are raised by the current crisis. Each time we meet, we invite different academics to kick off the conversation and stimulate our thinking by sharing their emerging reflections with us.  There is then time for us to respond to their input and discuss together.  This month we will be joined by Anna Rowlands.  At the end of the conversation, it’s likely we’ll still have more questions than answers but hopefully we’ll have captured some initial theological responses that, going forward, will enrich our experience, inform our questions and help frame our thinking. 

To sign up visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/107197530700

A zoom link will then be emailed to you with a password that you may/may not need to enter the meeting.   

Dr Anna Rowlands is the St Hilda Associate Professor of Catholic Social Thought & Practice in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. 

She leads the work of the Centre for Catholic Social Thought and Practice links together academics and practitioners committed to developing Catholic social teaching in the academy and throughout civil society. 

Anna teaches political theology and her research focuses on migration, religion and politics, Catholic and Anglican social traditions, concepts of the common good and human dignity and the work of social philosophers Gillian Rose and Hannah Arendt. She also works alongside a range of civil society groups including Citizens UK, Caritas, CAFOD, Christians in Parliament, Together for the Common Good, and the Jesuit Refugee Service.

Virtual Book Club

Wednesday 1st July, 2020. 7:30-9:00pm

In this third book club evening we’ll again draw on Urban Life core team member Anna Ruddick’s book Reimagining Mission from Urban Places, this time considering the questions of success, or ‘outcomes’ in our community-based mission.  Don’t worry if you didn’t make the first two book clubs, each evening takes a different theme or idea from the book.  

In pioneering, contextual and community-based mission, how we understand success, or what we look for as the results of our mission, can be personally very challenging as well as tricky to navigate with our theological frameworks, church or denominational expectations. We’ll spend this evening thinking about Anna’s discovery that the outcome of community-based mission is often a ‘complex good’ involving flourishing and loss.  

To sign up visit:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/10719846549

A zoom link will then be emailed to you along with a password that you may/may not need to enter the meeting. There will also be a link/attachment of pages 77-82 from the book.  

We will use most of our time together for discussion so, if you are able to read the book extract beforehand, that will help us all participate together.

New Mission on the Margins MA Track

We are delighted to launch in September 2020 our new Mission on the Margins postgraduate track. This is a partnership with St Hild and includes modules at graduate and postgraduate levels that focus upon the experience of ministry and mission in marginalised contexts. We are currently recruiting. To find out more visit the St Hild website or email andrew@urbanlife.org.