RELIGION: Cause of Violence or Source of Peace?
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

RELIGION: Cause of Violence or Source of Peace?

 The surge of religious extremism and violence is raising questions for people across the globe. What is the right response? Does faith contribute to the problem or confront it? Join us as a panel of experts help us understand the roots of violence and how religion can be both a cause and cure. 

Short talks followed by a question time.

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May
11
7:00 PM19:00

The Robots Are Coming: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity

What does it mean to be human in a world of artificial intelligence? How will our work be affected as machines begin to take on more jobs? How can we intelligently shape the technology of the future in a way that promotes human thriving?

Join our next School of Faith Conversation Event on the brave new world of AI and what it means for us all. A panel of experts from both secular and faith perspectives will introduce the topic from the fields of philosophy, science, business, and theology. Speaker presentations followed by panel discussion and audience questions. All are welcome. If you'd like to join us, please RSVP clicking HERE.

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Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

How Design Can Promote Human Flourishing

How does design foster the flourishing of society? What is human centric design? What do people need designed for them to live full and meaningful lives? From the buildings we occupy to the products we use, design saturates our daily lives and shapes our world.

Join us for our next School of Faith Central Conversation as various designers, architects and creatives give us insight into the purpose and power of design. Each speaker will give a short presentation followed by panel discussion and audience questions. All are welcome. If you'd like to join us, please RSVP clicking HERE.

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Nov
21
7:00 PM19:00

Technology, Social Media and Life in a Digital Age

The world is changing fast, and digital technology fastest of all.

The growth of social media and increasingly innovative digital advancements raises questions for everyone. How should we understand the new digital age? And how can we live well within it?

These technologies hold awesome potential for good. But when we engage unthinkingly with the online world, there is a danger that we begin to become increasingly like the technologies we use, relating and thinking without human connection. We fall short of what we were made to be. We are virtually human.

Whether you are an early adopter, a sceptic, or just content to go with the flow, author and minister Pete Nicholas will show how Christian faith helps you navigate the digital world and lead to your growth and the growth of those around you.

Pete Nicholas is pastor of Inspire London. Previously he worked for All Souls Langham Place and Christians in Sport, and before that in the technology industry.

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Health and What it Means to Live Well
Oct
17
7:30 PM19:30

Health and What it Means to Live Well

The global wellness market is now three times larger than worldwide pharmaceutical industry. But is the wellness industry actually making us...well?

And what is wellness anyway?

We are all searching for a health that goes beyond the mere do's and dont's of physical appearance. Join our next Central Conversation as Hannah Dallison explores how faith connects wellness to the whole of life.

Hannah Dallison’s past experience of physical training and education mixed with a personal story of pain and illnesses led her to found “get well”, a resource that exists to promote wellness and wellbeing both individually and collectively.  

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Bromley Core Class | Who is God?
Oct
12
7:30 PM19:30

Bromley Core Class | Who is God?

Our CORE CLASSES explore the foundations of Christianity and the distinctives of a Christian worldview. Each CORE CLASS focuses on three key questions through talks illustrated with short films, guest interviews and opportunities for participants to ask anything about God, faith and life. All are welcome.

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Clerkenwell Core Class | Who is God?
Sep
26
7:30 PM19:30

Clerkenwell Core Class | Who is God?

Our CORE CLASSES explore the foundations of Christianity and the distinctives of a Christian worldview. Each CORE CLASS focuses on three key questions through talks illustrated with short films, guest interviews and opportunities for participants to ask anything about God, faith and life. All are welcome.

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Can Hospitality Change the World?
Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

Can Hospitality Change the World?

One in every 122 human beings on the planet is a refugee. That's well over 50 million people worldwide. And the figures are rising daily - a tragic trend unlikely to stop in our lifetimes.  Around 80 percent of refugees are being hosted by developing countries with rising anti-refugee sentiment in many industrialised nations. This worldwide refugee crisis is widely recognized as one of the defining challenges of this century and appropriate responses are urgently needed. Join our next Central Conversation as Krish Kandiah helps us discover how hospitality both personal and national is the means by which not only the world can be changed but our lives as well.

Krish is the Founding Director of Home for Good, a young charity seeking to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children. Together with his wife, Miriam he co-authored a catalytic book “Home for Good” which blends the story of God and addresses challenges of our times.  Krish is in demand as a speaker both nationally and internationally. He regularly speaks at larger conferences, corporate events and is a regular broadcaster on radio and television.

In recent months Krish’s efforts in the escalating refugee crisis have been significant in campaigning through Home for Good for securing homes for 3000 refugee children.

Krish is Honorary Vice President and Chair of the Theological Panel of Tearfund.  He has a passion for engaging with contemporary culture theologically and is a prolific writer/blogger.  Krish has authored 10 books and his latest award winning publication is  ‘Paradoxology’, explores why Christianity was never meant to be simple.

Krish holds degrees in Chemistry, Missiology and Theology. His PhD is from Kings College London and he currently holds faculty positions at George Fox Seminary, Regents College, Vacouver and Regents Park College, Oxford University.

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Identity, Desire and Why it all Matters
Jul
25
7:30 PM19:30

Identity, Desire and Why it all Matters

From inspirational university graduation speeches to beautiful Instagram posts we are constantly told to “be yourself”. But how do we know who we are? The unsaid rule to this is to look inside yourself in order to discover who you are. But is that right? Are we defined by what we desire? What if our desires are always changing, how can we be sure of who we are? 

Join us as author Dave Lomas speaks from the perspective of faith on how to discover an identity rooted deeply in a truth that doesn't change. 

Dave Lomas is Lead Pastor of Reality San Francisco. He started working for a church  at the ripe age of 17 and was ordained four years later as a youth pastor. In 2009, Dave and his wife Ashley moved to San Francisco, where they planted Reality SF in 2010. “He is the author of The Truest Thing about You: Identity, desire, and Why it All Matters

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Visual Art, Photography and the Power of Image
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

Visual Art, Photography and the Power of Image

From Museums and Exhibitions to news reports and Tube adverts, visual art and photography have become some of the most powerful storytelling tools in the world. But what stories are we telling, and how do they affect us? Images can spread an idea or kill one. They can degrade people or dignify them. They can move a heart toward compassion or stir up contempt. 

How do we live in a culture increasingly defined by images? What does the Christian faith have to say about the lenses with which we frame the world? Join us as we talk about wisely navigating the thousands of images that face us daily. This event is part of School of Faith, an ongoing forum where men and women can explore various perspectives on London culture and how it relates to Christian faith.

Lucinda May is a visual artist based in Bethnal Green, East London. She grew up in the UK and studied Fine Art and History of Art at Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh. After graduating, Lucinda was invited to exhibit in the Royal Scottish Academy’s New Contemporaries exhibition (2012). She worked as a youth worker for a two years before committing to art-making full time last year when she spent time as artist in residence with Linea de Costa in Cadiz, Spain. 

Lucinda is a multidisciplinary artist, particularly focusing around painting and installation. Lucinda says, ‘My work explores the role of beauty and playfulness in interrupting the mundane: beauty through the delicacy of craft, and playfulness through installation pieces that are made by my interaction with the environments I find myself in. These two practices are not necessarily separate; they are constantly interweaving and bouncing off one another.’

Tim Chaddick is the founding pastor of Reality LA, a thriving church in the heart of Hollywood, California. Reality LA is part of the Reality family of churches, a movement committed to relational church planting and serving the broader body of Christ. Tim's first two books, Better: How Jesus Satisfies the Search for Meaning and The Truth about Lies, were projects which came from lessons learned while living and leading a church in Los Angeles. He has since moved to London where currently serves as the Lead Pastor for Reality Church London and Director of School of Faith.

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The Fragile Utopia
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

The Fragile Utopia

Spreading across the Western world like a slow growing moss, a beautiful culture seems to offer us everything.  More options, more connection, more experiences, more freedom.

Through advertising, media, Internet, and celebrity, a vast mental world is daily constructed in our minds painting the possibility of a utopia in which an individual life infused with pleasure, peace, and possibility is at our finger tips. 

Yet this beautiful culture hides a difficult truth. Never before have we been so anxious, disconnected, addicted and divided. The beautiful culture has continued to grow, while we and the world grow more fragile. 

How do we live well in our beautiful yet fragile age? What does the Christian faith have to say about the living a life of meaning and purpose? This event is part of School of Faith, an ongoing forum where men and women can explore various perspectives on London culture and how it relates to Christian faith.

Mark Sayers is a writer, speaker and pastor who is highly sought out for his unique and perceptive insights into faith and contemporary culture. Mark is the author of The Trouble with Paris, The Vertical Self, The Road Trip That Changed The World and Facing Leviathan. Mark is also the Senior Leader of Red Church, and the co-founder of Uber Ministries. Mark lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife Trudi, daughter Grace, and twin boys Hudson and Billy.

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Hope in the Darkness? Exploring the Role of Faith in Mental Health by Glen Scrivener
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Hope in the Darkness? Exploring the Role of Faith in Mental Health by Glen Scrivener

We all may know struggles in the area of mental health - either our own struggles or those of a loved one. Are there resources in the Bible to help us with this side of our lives? 

From the ancient Psalms of lament to the "Man of Sorrows" on the cross, the Bible has a profound approach to this ancient and universal concern. Come for a surprising, informative and, we trust, deeply encouraging evening on this pressing issue.  

Glen Scrivener is an Author, speaker and Minister in the Church of England. He's often found speaking at Churches and Universities, in the studio producing online media or in his office, writing books and other evangelistic material. Glen is married to Emma, and they have a daughter, Ruby.

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Feb
29
6:30 PM18:30

Talk: Why does faith matter? Aren't religions all the same?

Why is faith so important? Isn't it just for religious people? And aren't all religions the same?Join us as we address these questions through short talks, films and discussions hosted by Andrew Baughen, Vicar of St James Clerkenwell, Tim Chaddick, Founder of Reality LA, author of ‘Better’ and ‘The Truth about Lies’ and Glen Scrivener, speaker and author from Eastbourne, UK.

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Seminar: How do we promote forgiveness and reconciliation in the world?
Feb
22
6:30 PM18:30

Seminar: How do we promote forgiveness and reconciliation in the world?

When Robin Oake's son, Special Branch officer Stephen, was killed by a terrorist while on duty, a press conference was called. A journalist asked, 'Mr. Oake, what do you think about the man who killed your son?' and received a startling reply: 'I don't know the man or the circumstances but from my heart I forgive him.' Another journalist said, 'What?!' and our response may be the same. But in this powerful and moving story, Robin shares his reasons for his amazing forgiveness. Using examples from his long experience in the police he explores in his seminar the 'why' and 'how' of forgiveness - even in extreme circumstances.

Robin was educated at Reigate Grammar School, Surrey and University College, London before becoming a Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. He is the author of three books "Father Forgive", "With God on the Streets" and "The Power of Powerlessness". 

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