Catalysing Kingdom Communities

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What does it mean to be faith communities that welcome and include in today’s world?

This event is open to commissioners and to members of the public.

Speakers: Jackie Kay and the Revd Dr Sam Wells

Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay will read poems around the themes of welcome and inclusion. Sam Wells will talk about Catalysing Kingdom Communities, and will look at how churches appear to be set up on a premise that no longer fits their core convictions because they are structured to help people escape the world rather than to enjoy it. He will outline what enjoying the world means, and what it means to be a community kingdom.

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Jackie Kay photo credit Denise Else

Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. Jackie Kay was named Scots Makar—the National Poet for Scotland—in March 2016. She was awarded an MBE in 2006, and made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. She is Chancellor of the University of Salford and Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.

The Adoption Papers won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize and a Scottish Arts Council Prize. Fiere, her most recent collection of poems was shortlisted for the Costa Award. Her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the IMPAC award. Red Dust Road won the Scottish Book of the Year Award, and the London Book Award. Her book of stories Wish I Was Here won the Decibel British Book Award. She also writes for children and her book Red Cherry Red won the Clype Award. She has written extensively for stage and television. Her most recent plays Manchester Lines and The New Maw Broon Dialogues were a great success. Her most recent book is a collection of stories, Reality, Reality. She is currently working on her new novel, Bystander.

Revd Dr Sam Wells

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Revd Dr Sam Wells Photo credit BBC

The Revd Dr Sam Wells is the Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and a widely-known preacher, pastor, writer and theologian. He has served as a Church of England parish priest for 19 years. He also spent 7 years in North Carolina, where he was Dean of Duke University Chapel. He has extensive experience in neighbourhood regeneration, institutional leadership, and broadcasting. Sam is also Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College, London.

He has published 27 books, including academic studies and textbooks in Christian ethics, explorations of social mission, liturgy and prayer, and four collections of sermons. His most recent book is Hanging by a Thread.

Event details

Date: Tuesday 23 May, 4pm

Venue: General Assembly Hall, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX

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