Do Not Be Afraid: A Series of Zoom Seminars on Christian Hope in Today’s World

We are delighted to launch a series of seminars for 2021, which will be held on Zoom.

2020 taught us that we could all use a little less fear and a little more hope. How do Christians live between fear, despair and hope? How do we do mission in a world of denialism, despair, hedonistic panic, and bland optimism?

In this series of seminars, eight theologians explore hope and fear in mission, theological education, the arts, the climate crisis, education, and more, in a zoom-based series of talks and group discussions that are inclusive, accessible, mission-focused, and, above all, hopeful.

Each seminar will run from 7.30 to 9pm.

The series addresses the following topics:

8 March: ‘This metaphor is no way out’: Some Poetry of Hope, Drawing on Norman Nicholson and Others

The Revd Canon Dr Edmund Newey, Rector of Rugby

Booking for this seminar is now open. Please follow this link for more information and to book your place.

10 May: And the Stillness the Dancing

Mark Cazalet, British Painter (see

14 June: Christian Ambition and Confidence in a Fearful World

The Rt Revd Dr Emma Ineson, The Bishop of Penrith

12 July: Fear, Lament and Hope in the Face of Climate Crisis

The Very Revd Dr Frankie Ward, parish priest, Workington, Cumbria

13 September: Do not be afraid of learning

Dr Mark Chater, Author of Jesus Christ, Learning Teacher (SCM Press, 2020)

11 October: Facing the Fears of Unemployment: Christian Hope for Working Life  

Dr Helen Cameron, Research Associate, Centre for Baptist Studies

8 November: Presence and Absence: Looking for God in Contemporary Fiction

The Revd Jane Maycock