EMMA PARKER

Weaving Together Lament and Praise

Whether we’re feeling excited or exhausted (or both), when we look to take hold of the diocesan missional aims of ‘transformed lives, growing church and building community’, we need to so by taking the time to weave together lament and praise. In this talk, we will explore how singing like Mary, asking like Elijah, and walking like Jesus can bring us fresh insight and hope as we journey through Covid and work together for the coming of God’s Kingdom.

Emma is the Deputy Warden and Lecturer in Preaching and Pastoral Care at Cranmer Hall, Durham. She has recently created a new training module based on the national ‘Growing Faith’ vision for children and young people, and also one on Poverty and Mission. Before Cranmer Hall, she spent nine years in parish ministry, mainly in former pit villages around County Durham, where she particularly loved helping people to discover and grow in their vocation. Although she has previously managed to escape the North East a few times to live in Sheffield, Zambia and Cambridge, God keeps bringing her back to the North! She is currently desperately trying to submit her PhD (looking at the importance of ‘outsiders’ in Paul’s letters), and loves running, being with her 4 year old daughter, walking her two dogs and cooking with her husband!

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CHRISTABELLE THWAITES

Young people, uncertainty and belonging

Young people today face an uncertain future. How can churches respond? Chrissie will discuss her own experiences of belonging in Christian community, and how the Church can provide the authentic, thoughtful, compassionate faith and community we’re looking for.


Chrissie is a PhD student in religious studies at the University of Leeds. Her research explores the impact of evangelical purity culture on young women. She is a Tearfund Young Theologian, and serves as a trustee of the British and Irish Association for Practical Theology, where she is also the doctoral student representative.

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PÁDRAIG Ó TUAMA

Power in the Word

Pádraig will consider the power of words: words from the gospels, words from poetry, words from the stories we tell, words from the things we say to each other. Combining gospel reflection, poetry, narrative and insight, this talk will invite us to reimagine the power of the language we use. 

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and theologian from Ireland. His poetry, prose and theology have been widely published in Readings from the Book of Exile, Sorry for your Troubles, In the Shelter, and The Book of Queer Prophets. He holds a BA Div from the Pontifical University, an MTh focusing on narrative approaches to the gospels from Queen’s in Belfast and is currently a PhD candidate in Theology through Creative Practice at the University of Glasgow. He presents the podcast Poetry Unbound, which had over 4 million downloads in its first year. 

Image: Trevor Brady

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