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Theology Slam finalists will compete online

29 May 2020

Stefano Cagnoni

The judging panel at the Theology Slam final, last year

The judging panel at the Theology Slam final, last year

THE final of Theology Slam 2020, a competition to find engaging young voices who think theologically about the contemporary world, will now take place online at 7 p.m on Tuesday 23 June.

The final had been scheduled to take place in March, in St John’s, Hoxton, London. 

The finalists are:

  • Sam Hodson, 23, who works in a community with people who have learning disabilities. Speaking on theology and disability, he will reflect on what the people he encounters in his work have taught him about God.
  • Molly Boot, 22, who is a Master’s student in medieval church history at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. She will be speaking on theology and #MeToo, considering how sexual harassment has changed her understanding of the Christian mystics.
  • Augustine Tanner-Ihm, 29, who is a Master’s student in theology and an ordinand at Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, Durham. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, he will talk on theology and race, reflecting on the biblical theme of belonging.

The event will also include a talk by the executive director of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC), Mark Greene, “Bringing Theology to Life in the Everyday”.

Those who wish to tune in for the final can register their interest at www.licc.org.uk/events/theology-slam-live-final.

Theology Slam is organised jointly by the Church Times, SCM Press, the Community of St Anselm, and the LICC.

The winner will receive £250 to spend at Church House Bookshop, and the Theology Slam trophy. His or her talk will be published in the Church Times.

Read more about the Theology Slam here

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