What we do

Urban Life offer a number of programmes that are adaptable for a variety of contexts.

Theology to Go is a learning process which draws together people working in different contexts of marginalisation to reflect on their practice and engage with the latest developments in missiology. Groups gather around food for conversation that is rooted in their experience and help one another to navigate their encounters and harvest learning.

It has attracted individuals wanting to reflect on their life, work and mission in a deeper way with others but has also been used effectively by denominational bodies and Christian charities as continuing professional development for their staff.

“It’s really helped me, in how I work with people. It’s not that my aims have changed it’s that I have a clearer understanding of why I would choose certain ways of working.” Emma Neil, Housing Justice

Learning Journeys is a bespoke learning process delivered by two Urban Life facilitators to a missional group in their context. Sessions usually run monthly over a 6-12 month period. While we offer Presence, Power and Place as broad themes, the Learning Journey is primarily shaped by the questions of the group. 

In Learning Journeys we find creative ways to help groups reflect and integrate their conversation with prayer. We have found that this process has enabled missional groups to clarify their theology which, in turn, has fuelled more confident and intentional practice. 

“It gives us a greater clarity about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. …the process allowed us not just to talk airy fairy about theories but actually deal with a real life situation in a way that was really helpful because it gave us safety to explore.” Jackie Hird, Joanna Project.

Masters Modules: Urban Life delivers a number of Masters modules as part of the Common Awards programms. These include Theology and Mission in Contemporary Urban Contexts and Practical Theology and Ethnography.

“It’s felt exciting… Finding a language for some of the stuff I’ve been thinking has been great.” Naomi Luff, XLP and Masters Student.

Creative Conversations helps Christians to explore everyday experiences of those who find themselves marginalised and excluded in various ways from mainstream society.  Initially the project involved making audio recordings of conversations between small groups of people, followed by some careful and thoughtful analysis.  More recently, it has involved entering into a partnership with IBTSC and CMS to develop the ‘Methods for Creative Conversations’ research project. We convene and participate in an international research group, looking at conversations across difference in a variety of contexts.  In the coming months, we will be helping to shape a tool designed to equip mission practitioners to engage in meaningful conversations across difference, which will be piloted in 2020. 

Bespoke Projects: The flexibility of our approach means that we can tailor our learning processes to your specific project or piece of work. For instance, we have worked with the Trussell Trust to help identify theological motivators at work within emergency food provision.