At the heart of the Church lies a call to mission, to engage with the world. Dr Wells affirms the world as part of the kingdom, the sphere of
the Spirit’s work beyond the Church.With the introduction of the welfare state, the Church retreated from social engagement and “by concentrating on personal faith and spirituality, the churches denied themselves the lifeblood that social engagement had long given them” (For Good: The Church and the Future of Welfare).
Where: Centre for Theology & Ministry, 29 College Cres, Parkville
Cost: $80, includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea.
Samuel Wells is a preacher, writer and theologian. He has served as Church of England parish priest in England for over 20 years, often in places of social disadvantage. Dr Wells spent seven years as Dean of Duke University Chapel in the US. He is currently priest at St Martin-in-the Fields, London, and visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College London. He has published 30 books, including academic studies and textbooks in Christian ethics, explorations of social mission, liturgy and faith, and four collections of sermons.
His most recent book is Incarnational Mission: Being with the World.
Dr Wells will help us to articulate a theological narrative about who we are as a missional church, called to be with the world.
This will be a day of input from Dr Wells, with a panel discussion and conversation about mission in your context.
The keynote address(es) will be recorded.