Third Psephizo Festival of Theology

Tuesday, 08 October 2019, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM [GMT]

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Tuesday, 08 October 2019, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM [GMT]

Following the success of our first two Festivals of Theology last year, I will be hosting a third Festival of Theology on Tuesday 8th October 2019, once again at Christ Church, Chilwell. Come and listen to great speakers address some vital questions for Christian living, mission and discipleship in TED-style talks, with the opportunity to ask questions and interact.

The formal programme will start at 10.30 amand end at 3.30 pm, but there will be coffee from 10 am, and you will be very welcome to stay on for further conversation and engagement. The format will be fast moving, with presentations of 15–20 minutes and time for questions at the end of each one. There will be tea and coffee on arrival and at the close, and a light buffet lunch is included. If you have any special dietary requirements, please email with 'Festival diet' in the subject line.

Th ticket price of £18 is designed to cover costs but nothing more; anyone in Church of England licensed ministry can claim the cost back as part of their CME allowance. Parking is in the nearby streets, and there are disabled parking spaces outside the back door of the church building in College Road.

Full details of the talks can be found at


Introduction and welcome (Ian Paul)

Virtual grieving Revd Jimmy Lawrence, Curate at All Saints, Otley, Leeds

Making sense of the absurd in 1 and 2 Kings Revd Dr Helen Paynter, Director of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence
and Coordinator of Community Learning, Bristol Baptist College

Kenotic Conversations: Creating a Safe Space for Dangerous Disagreements Revd Garreth Frank, Curate, St Nic's, Nottingham

Improvisation and theological truth Revd Eve Ridgeway, Associate Minister, St George's Leeds

The Preacher As A Living Sacrifice Revd Ned Lunn, Vicar, St Peter's, Greenhill, Sheffield

Slavery and sexuality Kate Pellerau, Ordinand at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

Suffering in 1 Peter and our prayer for persecuted Christians Gareth Black


Concluding reflection Ian Paul

Do make this known to others who might be interested. Book your tickets now!


Tram: The College tram stop, on the Toton Lane line, is five minutes walk from Christ Church.

Car: The venue is only five minutes from junction 25 on the M1. You will need to park in streets near the church, which could be a few minutes' walk away.

Train: Come to Beeston Station, which is 15 minutes walk or 3 minutes by car from the venue.

Plane: It is a 15 minute drive or 30 minute bus ride (Skylink) from East Midlands airport.

Ian Paul


Ian Paul is a writer, speaker and theologian

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