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Hear from three of the UK’s best young theologians as they reflect on what theology has to say to some of the biggest issues facing society

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What does theology have to say to the biggest issues facing our nation?

Theology Slam – the competition that spotlights the best young voices on theology and the contemporary world – will return in 2021 with a focus on the global COVID-19 pandemic and its impact.

The pandemic has upended millions of lives around the world. Amid so much uncertainty and loss, how do we make sense of what’s happening around us – and how should we respond? Theological reflection is essential to help us address these big questions, both as individuals and as a society, and Theology Slam is a key forum for this crucial discourse.

We will hear three of the UK’s best up-and-coming young theologians, selected from a broad pool of entries, as they bring essential reflections on COVID’s impact on justice, power, work, community, grief, and creativity.

Each finalist’s presentation will be judged by a panel of experts and leading theologians:

  • Revd Dr Isabelle Hamley – Theological Adviser to the House of Bishops
  • Elizabeth Oldfield –  Director of Theos Think Tank
  • Augustine Ihm – Winner, Theology Slam 2020
  • Dr Dave Benson – Director of LICC’s Centre for Culture & Discipleship

The evening will also feature questions and feedback from the judges, and a panel discussion between the three finalists.

Best of all, there’ll be a chance for you to put your questions to the group. So get your most puzzling questions ready!

And don't just take our word for it...

‘Theology is exciting. It is about God’s word, God’s world, and God’s people. It is vitally important for the church to nurture young Christians into thinking, speaking, and writing about God and the world, and it is even more important that the Church listens to their voices. Theology Slam encourages us to do just that: listen to God, listen to the world, and listen to the voices emerging within the Church, so we can join into God’s work in the world today’

– Archbishop Justin Welby

Theology Slam is a collaborative event between SCM Press, Church Times, and LICC.

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