“To offer a safe space to explore Christian faith in our time”
We hope you will be inspired to join us whether you are simply coming out of interest or curiosity, whether you need help in training for a ministry in the church or whether you just want to address those awkward questions about faith and life, all in an open, enquiring environment.
Mini Science & Faith Course for BELIEF Bedford on Zoom Saturday 24th September Revd Dr Dave Gregory (Science & Faith for children) Saturday 1st October Dr Martin Hodson (Biodiversity) Saturday 8th October Canon Dr Tim Bull (Artificial Intelligence) Each event will run for two one hour sessions separated by a break; from 10.30am to 1pm. Order tickets individually for each week at £10 per week on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mini-science-faith-course-tickets-335254885387
Rev Simon Woodman speaking on the Gospel of Matthew
Wednesday 26th October 2022 Details to follow The following events have been cancelled: Luke Bretherton "Christ, Democracy, and the Struggle for a Common Life" Luke will offer some theological reflections on democracy, with particular reference to his 2019 book "Christ and the Common Life" Wednesday 15th June 2022 at 7.30pm on Zoom. Sadly we have had to cancel this event
Revd Stephen Heap Democracy: some Christian perspectives Not long ago it seemed democracy, specifically the sort of liberal democracy we have in the UK, was triumphant over other forms of government and likely to spread across the globe sweeping all other forms of government away. Now not all the world seems so sure. Disillusionment with democracy is reported especially in its oldest heartlands, its norms are sometimes being ignored, and other forms of government, including more authoritarian regimes, are alive and exercising their muscles on the world stage. Is that sort of analysis correct? If not, what is happening to democracy today? How do we Christians respond to that? Do we regard democracy as a good thing? What does history say to us about the relationship between Christianity and democracy? What views of democracy do we Christians take today and should we be doing anything to address current questions around it? These are the sorts of issues we will explore during the course.
Stephen Heap is a Baptist minister and emeritus Professor of Theology at the University of Winchester. He is the author of various articles on theology, politics and education, including, most recently, one on what led to the Brexit vote, and the editor of The Universities We Need: theological perspectives (Routledge, 2017). He lives in retirement near Bedford and is an Adviser to BELIEF.
2nd July 2022 at Priory Methodist Church, Newnham Avenue Bedford MK41 9QJ 10.30am to 3.30pm Sadly we have had to cancel this event