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UPDATE: the next Deep Church session - is being held on the 30th October at St Marks Church (245 Old Marylebone Rd) from 7:15 - 9pm. The Talk:'Would Jesus tolerate politically-correct tolerance?' [More details in the text below]

Exciting times, Westminster Theological Centre have a programme of Deep Church conversations this autumn and next spring terms, with the first one starting on Tues 16 October...

Deep Church Deep Church events usually start with a brief worship time, followed by the main talk. There is then a break (and a chance to enjoy some free wine and refreshments!), after which there will be the opportunity for questions and discussion. However, this is flexible and subject to variation.

Each event is free and open to all, no need to sign up, just come along and bring your friends!

Autumn Term, 2007

Tue Oct 30, St Mark’s, 7-9pm: Dr Justin Thacker

The Talk: 'Would Jesus tolerate politically-correct tolerance?' There is much talk in the media and the world of politics of the importance of 'tolerance': active intolerance might even need to be censored as a 'hate crime'. In his day, Jesus of Nazareth was known, loved and hated, for his tolerance of outcasts (sinners, prostitutes, tax-collectors). He seems to have spent much of his time partying with these people. So, should followersof Jesus support the current passion for tolerance? Or are there some things which he, and we, cannot tolerate? And how do we know the difference.

Biograhaphy Dr Justin Thacker is the Head of Theology at the Evangelical Alliance UK. Justin's first career was as a medical doctor, specialising in paediatrics. He worked in the UK for 5 years before spending a year as a doctor in Kenya. During his time in Kenya, Justin felt called to pursue theological studies and on his return from Africa completed the Cornhill Training Course. This was followed by a BA in Theology from the London School of Theology and a doctorate at Kings College London. His first book, Postmodernism and the Ethics of Theological Knowledge, has just been published by Ashgate.

Justin is an Elder of the United Reformed Church, has an active preaching ministry, is on the council of Scripture Union and has led a Scripture Union holiday for children with special needs for the last nine years. He is married to Cathi, and has three children. In his spare time, he enjoys film, plays squash and supports Arsenal.

Tue Nov 6, St Mark's, 7-9pm: John Valentine: Spiritual Communication:

The acknowledged masterpieces Ulysses by James Joyce, Moby-Dick by Herman Melville and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky all shaped whole cultures and the very shape of literature. All of them open conversations about the meaning of life in such a way that they can be deeply and authentically engaged with. Is there anything the church can learn in the way we engage our society with our understanding of the meaning of life in Jesus?

John Valentine is the priest-in-charge of St George's church in Holborn. He is married to Catherine and they have two small children. He trained as a solicitor, before being ordained. He has served in churches in Norwich and London. He supports Arsenal and loves all things arty.

Spring Term, 2007

Thurs Jan 24, St Marys, 7-9pm: Chris Joby: Why do Christians worship?

Thurs Feb 28, St Marys, 7-9pm: Simon Stocks: Title to be confirmed

Additional dates and speakers to be confirmed. Please check back later!