2-3 June 2017
Is our theology just theology or a just theology?
Are we making the best connections between theory and practice? How well are new theological ideas being communicated to those leading in Vineyard churches? Are we confident in applying biblical concepts such as justice within our contemporary landscape or is there a risk of focusing too much of our attention on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of doing church?
Just Theology? aims to stimulate fresh theological thinking and harness creative perspectives to help build healthy churches. We want to develop and strengthen links between those leading Vineyard churches and those engaged in theological study, in order to encourage theologically informed and Spirit-led responses to the challenges that we face as a movement.
In particular, we want to focus this year on the topic of justice itself. Justice flows from the very character of God and involves restoring wholeness to individuals, communities and creation itself. So what is God saying to us about this at the present moment? As the gap between rich and poor gets bigger than ever, do we, as Vineyard churches, have a distinctive contribution to make to the debate on justice?
Our keynote speakers are well positioned to help us explore these issues.
Krish Kandiah is the CEO of Home for Good, a popular author, speaker and contributing editor to Christian Today, and former President of the London School of Theology. He is passionate about helping the most vulnerable in society and brings a wide range of political, media and global experience to find practical solutions to issues of injustice and inequality.
Kate Coleman is founding director of Next Leadership. A former president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Chair of the Evangelical Alliance Council, Kate has nearly 30 years of leadership experience in the church, charity and voluntary sectors and was recently recognised as one of the 20 most influential black Christian women leaders in the UK.
Andrew Wallis OBE, FRSA, is founder and CEO of Unseen, a multi-award winning charity, ‘working towards a world without slavery’. He was formerly Senior Pastor of Bristol Vineyard and following his full-time commitment to Unseen, he was awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to the Eradication of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.
Download the app
Available for both iOS and Android phones and tablets, the official event app for the 2017 Vineyard Theology Symposium includes:
:: Full programme for the event,
:: Run down on our speakers,
:: Paper abstracts and seminar lineup, allowing you to choose your seminars ahead of time,
:: Recommended reading list,
:: Travel instructions and venue information,
:: Submit your questions before and during the event,
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Full accommodation and board, includes:
:: Three course evening dinner
:: Full English or continental breakfast
:: Three course hot and cold buffet lunch
:: Unlimited tea/coffee and refreshments
:: Unlimited use of Spa and Leisure Complex
:: Car parking
:: Ensuite bedroom
The event will start at 6pm on Friday 2 June and finish at 4.30pm on Saturday 3 June.
As well as offering different rooms for different budgets, this year we are also able to offer up to 12 places at a discounted rate. These are intended for students, unwaged and those currently studying with VI, who would not otherwise be able to attend. Places are subject to availability on a first come, first served basis. VCUKI reserve the right to offer a full refund or the option to upgrade to a full price ticket, if eligibility is not confirmed.
To apply for the bursary, please email [email protected] with your name, church, and whether you are a student (including name of institution) or unwaged, or a VI student (please supply your student ID).
If eligible you will be sent a link to book your place at a reduced price of £60 for a shared executive twin room.
Call for Papers
The symposium welcomes proposals for papers from anyone who is or has been engaged in any form of theological reflection or research within an academic and/or practical context, and especially those that have a particular focus on justice issues and how they impact areas such as ecclesiology, missiology, ethics, pastoral and kingdom theology. We want to encourage the widest possible exchange of ideas on relevant topics, placing a high value both on excellence in scholarship and experience of practical/pastoral realities.
Expressions of interest and abstracts of 250 words should be sent to Dr Neal Swettenham at [email protected] by 28 February 2017. N.B. For this year’s symposium, we plan to circulate the papers for reading in advance of the event, to allow time for a full discussion of the issues raised. Final versions must therefore be submitted by Friday 19 May.
Suggested Reading List
If you would like to engage with justice issues in greater depth, you may find the following resources helpful.