Monday, 8 February, 7.30 to 9pm
For the opening session of our ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ series of Zoom seminars, we are pleased to be able to welcome the Revd Dr Michael Leyden, who will be speaking on ‘Theology, Formation, and Living Hopefully’. As Michael says:
I am delighted to speak in this series on Christian hope in today’s world. It is such an important and potent topic for our times, resourcing disciples of Christ to imagine a future beyond the present and to offer that vision to our neighbours. In my presentation I will focus on what it means to live hopefully, and the role that theology plays in forming us as a hopeful people. I’m especially pleased to join the conversation with Engaging Theology in Cumbria, to share insights and ideas with others on a similar journey.
Do join us to listen to Michael and engage in a conversation on the issues raised in his talk.
Michael currently serves as Director of St Mellitus College, North West, prior to which he was a parish priest in post-industrial communities in South Cheshire and in West Lancashire.
Michael grew up in the 1980s on a council estate in Liverpool where his family still live. Before ordination he worked various part-time jobs, teaching in universities and HE colleges (Oxford, Nottingham, Chester) as well as buying and selling antiquarian books (Greenwood Rare and Antiquarian).
His area of expertise is in the interface between Christology, formation, and ethics, and also the Swiss theologian Karl Barth. His last book was called Faithful Living: Discipleship, Creed, and Ethics and was published by SCM Press in 2019. The follow-up book Living Eucharistically: Discipleship, Holy Communion, and Ethics is due for publication later this year.
From 1st April Michael will be the Dean of Emmanuel Theological College, the new College created by the bishops of the North West Dioceses to train and equip lay and ordained leaders for the future of the church. The College’s vision is in one sense simple: to equip the whole people of God for the whole mission of God in our region. Michael says:
I really love that it includes everybody! But we know that to achieve it we need to be a Christ-centred, hope-filled, and mission-orientated community. Please do pray for us as we get going later this year.