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US Theologian to Speak at Edinburgh Conference

Tuesday July 9 2019

Winnie Varghese

A prominent American priest will join church leaders from Scotland and England and other speakers for a two-day conference of ideas and theology in Edinburgh in October.

The HeartEdge Annual Conference, ‘On earth as it is in heaven’, is headlined by Winnie Varghese, Priest and Director of Community Outreach at Trinity Episcopal Church Wall Street in New York, and a popular blogger and author.

The Rev Jonathan Evens, Associate Vicar HeartEdge at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London, said: “We are thrilled that Winnie Varghese has accepted our invitation to speak at the 2019 HeartEdge conference. Her experience in and focus on issues of social justice and reconciliation is now gaining an international dimension through her Global Initiatives role at Trinity Church Wall Street. Church meeting world and what the Church can become are just some of the themes she has explored which are of real contemporary relevance in relation to our theme of ‘On earth as it is in heaven’.”

HeartEdge, initiated by St Martin-in-the-Fields, is an ecumenical network helping churches to develop in the ‘four ‘c’s’ of commerce, culture, congregation and compassion. The conference will include workshops on all four of these areas, as well as offering time to make connections.

The programme includes the Rt Rev Colin Sinclair (Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland), the Most Reverend Mark Strange (Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church) and Dr Sara Parvis (Senior Lecturer in Patristics, University of Edinburgh) in conversation with Sheena McDonald on the theme of Renewing the Church.

Also among the contributors are asset-based community worker and author Cormac Russell, minister for the deaf Rosie Addis, Scottish Christian artist ID Campbell , David Bradwell, co-ordinator of Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees, Jonny Kinross, CEO of Grassmarket Community Project and former Moderator the Very Rev Dr Derek Browning.

Dr Browning said: “How do we reach out with compassion to those on the edges of faith and life, and what do we learn from them when we get alongside them? What does our faith and our experience of life challenge us to explore and to share? How do we take our faith and put it into practice so that it might make a difference for good? HeartEdge asks all of these questions, and suggests, in context, some of the possible answers.”

Coinciding with the conference are the last three of this year’s series of Chalmers lectures, to be delivered by the Rev Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Dr Wells, whose title for the lectures is ‘A Future That’s Bigger Than the Past, said: “It feels like in the evenings we’ll be proposing the theory and during the days we’ll be exploring the practice. What a wonderful model of church.”

The conference takes place over October 2-3 in the neighbouring St Cuthbert’s and St John’s churches in the centre of Edinburgh, and the Chalmers Lectures will be held at Greyfriars Kirk. For more information and to register visit https://tickets.myiknowchurch.co.uk/gb/ODYyLTEz/t



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