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Fresh Streams Theology School 2022

8–9 June 2022 (Wed–Thu)
Rising Brook Community Church

Dawn Cole Savage
Dawn Cole Savage
Steve Elmes
Steve Elmes
David Kerrigan
David Kerrigan
Anne Witton
Anne Witton
Justin Kennedy
Justin Kennedy
Andrew Goddard
Andrew Goddard

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Do you wish you had more time to reflect on the key issues of our day? Do you share a passion to do theology well at the coal face of ministry and mission? Would you love to spend two days engaging with eminent theologians who will stretch your thinking, with plenty of time for discussion, interaction, and good food and hospitality? Whether you’re a church leader, part of a leadership team, a student, or just interested in theology, you’ll love Fresh Streams Theology School.

Theology School 2022
A Conversation on Human Sexuality

Many churches within the Fresh Streams network have identified human sexuality as one of the most critical areas of theology to wrestle with. As such, we’ve seen it crucial to create a space to openly and honestly wrestle together. What do the Scriptures say? How do hold the tensions we find? How do we journey together? How do we have this conversation healthily in our own churches?

“We are committed to bring a wide range of views and perspectives from our guest speakers but we are aware that for some the panel may look weighted in a particular direction. We are working in the background to specifically bring a contribution from a speaker that will represent the “compassionate traditional view”, this is and has always been our intention but due to circumstances beyond our control some we have already approached are unable to be involved over these 2 days in June. Our aim for these 2 days is to create a safe space to aiming to encourage healthy, biblical, theological and pastoral conversations. We especially want to help ministers/leaders to explore theology and then enable them to begin conversations with their own churches about Human Sexuality. “

Rev Andy Glover Team Leader at Hoole Baptist Church and Team Leader of Fresh Streams Leadership Team

Contributors

Dawn Cole Savage

Dawn Cole Savage

Dawn is the Communities minister of Bloomsbury, Tutor for inclusion of LGBTQ+ people, Co-Director of Affirm and mother of 2 year old twins. She came out as Pansexual to the Baptist Union when she stood for Baptist Presidency in 2019, her main aim with allowing her name to be put forward was to signal to other LGBTQ people with the Union that they were not alone. Radical inclusion inspired by Christ has been the foundation and through line of her 10+ years in ministry. She is a creative and brings this to all aspects of life. Since having the twins she doesn't really have spare time, but if she did she enjoys theatre, art and good food!

Steve Elmes

Steve Elmes

Steve is married to Sara and they have three grown up children. He is the Lead Minister of Bookham Baptist Church in Surrey, committed to growing fruitful followers of Jesus. Over the last ten years or so, Steve has been involved in helping local churches in the South East to get into conversation about sexuality and discipleship – a contentious area where different viewpoints quickly emerge. How we hold these differences well has been creatively explored in Steve’s published works: Sexuality, Faith & the Art of Conversation and A Beautiful Endeavour (with study-guide). Steve enjoys walking, cycling and dancing.

David Kerrigan

David Kerrigan

David is a Baptist Minister and former General Director of BMS World Mission. In retirement, David is taken for a walk each day by Rusty, their 1-year old Cocker Spaniel. When working, David can be found writing Bible Reading Notes for BRF, coming alongside local churches to help with projects and keeping busy as an elder in his local church. David has spent considerable time in recent years helping churches to become safer places for the LGBT community.

Anne Witton

Anne Witton

I grew up in Manchester and went to University College London where I studied Philosophy. I became a Christian in my first year and ever since then have been keen to help my friends understand the forgiveness and hope that Jesus brings. After graduation, I spent a formative year as a volunteer with Manchester City Mission doing street evangelism, feeding the homeless, running drop in centres and doing community outreach. Since then, I worked for mission agency Agapé from 2000 - 2003 and then spent some time in the communications teams at Traidcraft and Voluntary Arts England. I volunteer at Gateshead Foodbank and am a trustee of True Freedom Trust. I came back onto Agapé staff in 2014 where I shared my faith with students and the wider community. I now continue to do mission work in Newcastle and Gateshead through Durham Road Baptist church. I also have a part-time national role with Christian ministry Living Out.

Justin Kennedy

Justin Kennedy

Justin is the minister of Heywood Baptist Church in North Manchester. He became a Christian age 17 always knowing he was gay but suppressing it at the point of conversion. He is a survivor of conversion therapy and an advocate for a full ban on its practice. Furthermore, he desires to see the church reflect on its theology regarding human sexuality and become fully affirming; he has walked Heywood Baptist Church to this point during a period of intense discernment. His passion is for the Church to put its cards fully on the table so that the LGBTQIA+ community don’t have to play guessing games as to whether they are truly welcome or not; one way or the other, clarity equals integrity! He will share his story with us to help us in our own reflections. In his spare time Justin plays guitar, is an avid Man City fan, loves a whisky, a dose of Alan Partridge and the occasional horror movie!

Andrew Goddard

Andrew Goddard

Andrew is based in Pimlico where he serves as Assistant Minister (NSM) alongside his wife, Lis, who is Vicar of St James the Less. They have been there for 11 years. He has a portfolio ministry in which he combines ministry in the parish with teaching, research and writing, and involvement in the wider church. He currently teaches ethics for Westminster Theological Centre and in the Cambridge Theological Federation where he is based at Ridley Hall, in the past taught at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and Trinity College, Bristol. Andrew was a consultant on the recent Living in Love and Faith (LLF) project of the Church of England, helping develop a suite of resources to enable teaching and learning about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage He is a member of the Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC) and a member of the Evangelical Alliance's Theology Advisory Group and in 2012 he was editor of a resouce document they developed called "Biblical and pastoral responses to homosexuality". He is developing a website with various resources at www.theologyethics.org that might be of interest. He and Lis have two adult children - Alianore who works for International Justice Mission (IJM) and Jonathan who is a barrister - and a lovely, now rather old, chocolate labrador called Bramble.

Venue: Rising Brook Community Church

Burton Square, Stafford ST17 9LT

Directions

Directions: From Junction 13 on the M6 take the A449 north to Stafford. After 2 miles go straight ahead at the traffic lights by the Tesco Express garage and straight on at the next two sets of pedestrian lights. You will see the church on your left. Rising Brook Community Church Centre Burton Square, Stafford ST17 9LT

Price

  • £80 — Full Event - General Ticket
  • £50 — Full Event - Student Ticket
  • £70 — Early Bird Ticket (on sale until 30 April)

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