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Sep, 2021

Faith, Hope + Climate Change

Event Date: Sep 15, 2021

15th September – 27th October, Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm BST, for seven weeks online. Trinity College Glasgow invites Church Groups across the UK and Ireland to join their FREE 7 Week Countdown to COP26 Course, “Faith, Hope + Climate Change“. Use part of your 2021 home group, youth group, or Bible study group programme to join […]

Ten by Eight

Event Date: Sep 20, 2021

20th – 24th September, Scargill House, N Yorks. There are ten Commandments and eight Beatitudes. The former are considered to be restrictive (Thou Shalt Not), the latter rather vague (to be ‘meek’ sounds a bit insipid). They are long due for refreshment. John Bell will argue that the Commandments are about liberation, and the Beatitudes about the […]

designing & leading Christian worship

Designing and Leading Christian Worship

Event Date: Sep 30, 2021

30th September – 2nd December. A practical introduction to designing and leading Christian worship services with Trinity College Glasgow and Theology & Religious Studies, University of Glasgow. Designing and Leading Worship | Trinity College Glasgow | Scotland Thursday evenings, 7pm – 9pm plus a Saturday workshop on 20th Nov, taught over 10 weeks in a […]

Oct, 2021

The Spirituality of the Psalms

Event Date: Oct 06, 2021

6th-8th October, Shepherds Dene Retreat House, Northumberland. The Psalms, which we often see as an intermission between two Sunday readings, have a more profound significance. They were, and still are, one of the foundations of Jewish spirituality. In this retreat we will explore how they can enliven our own devotional life and belief. Led by […]

The Importance of the Imagination

Event Date: Oct 14, 2021

Progressive Christianity Network (PCN) Malvern Group event. Zoom talk by John L. Bell, 7.30pm. Seen by some as a bogus gift, the imagination is not often regarded as an ally to faith. Yet in both the writing of Holy Scripture and its interpretation, the imagination comes into play as a divine endowment. This lecture explores […]

Conceived in sin; the fun of it!

Event Date: Oct 18, 2021

Lecture by John L. Bell at St. Bride’s Church, Liverpool. Begins 6pm. Refreshments from 5.30pm. The doctrine of original sin, more than any other theological construct, led to untold awkwardness with regard to issues of gender and sexuality in the Christian churches. Its foundations, which are not secure, need a bit of shaking for the […]

Nov, 2021

Big Sing for COP26 Saturday 6th Nov 2021 @ 2.00pm Scottish Parliament

Event Date: Nov 06, 2021

This call arose from one of our small-group morning sessions during August Community Week. Sharing our deep and disturbing concerns about the effects of climate change and our fears/hopes for the forthcoming COP26 in Glasgow, our group asked “How can we, the Iona Community, speak truth to power on this issue, given the constraints on […]

Horror and Humour in the Bible

Event Date: Nov 19, 2021

Minsteracres Retreat Centre, Consett, Co. Durham, Fri 19th – Sun 21st Nov.  To the casual reader, humour in the Bible can be totally lost, mostly because we have a habit, when reading privately, of hearing the dullest lector or priest reading the verses in a monotone. But the humour is there, in the Old Testament […]

Dec, 2021

The Forgotten Stories

Event Date: Dec 10, 2021

10th – 12th December, Ammerdown Centre, Somerset. The notion that ‘Christmas is a time for the kids’ has helped to turn the Advent and Christmas seasons into a babyfest. It also eclipses the significance of incarnation, the importance of adults and even the connection to a woman who murdered a man in a campsite. This […]