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Theology Slam

Theology is exciting. It is about God’s word, God’s world and God’s people. It is vitally important for the church to nurture young Christians into thinking, speaking and writing about God and the world, and it is even more important that the Church listen to their voices. #TheologySlam encourages us to do just that: listen to God, listen to the world, and listen to the voices emerging within the Church, so we can join into God’s work in the world today.

Archbishop Justin Welby

Theology Slam 2021

Theology Slam is back, continuing its search for the most engaging young voices on theology and the contemporary world. Judged by some of the top theologians and communicators in the Christian world, Theology Slam aims to encourage a new generation to think theologically about the world around them – and to encourage the church to listen to what they have to say.

This year, the focus is on the effect of the pandemic. Lockdown has upended millions of lives around the world. Amid so much uncertainty and loss, how do we make sense of what’s happening around us – and how should we respond? Theological reflection is essential to help us address these big questions, both as individuals and as a society, and Theology Slam is a key forum for this crucial discourse.

Open to anyone aged 18-30, the Slam consists of a qualifying round and a live final. The winner will receive £250 to spend at Church House Bookshop and the Theology Slam Trophy, and their talk will be published in the Church Times.


2021 final

Three finalists have been chosen to take part in the third Theology Slam final, which takes place online on Thursday 18 March. Each will deliver a short talk, and the winner, chosen by a panel of judges, will be announced on the night.

Tickets for the final can be purchased for £5 from LICC.

The finalists are:

  • Imogen Ball, who is a final-year ordinand and MA student at Trinity College, Bristol. Her topic is “Creativity in a Time of Pandemic”, inspired by her experience of pregnancy and motherhood.
  • Joshua House, who is a recent theology graduate from the University of Leeds who is now a trainee RE teacher. His topic is “Community in a Time of Pandemic”, which will draw on his experience of the political situation in Jerusalem to focus on intergenerational trauma.
  • Flo O’Taylor, who is a Ph.D. student at Durham University researching women’s experiences of addiction through the lens of political theology. Her topic is “Justice in a Time of Pandemic”, which will consider the multiple systemic injustices exposed by the pandemic.

The finalists’ talks will be judged on the night by an expert panel of leading theologians:

   · Elizabeth Oldfield – Director of Theos Think Tank

   · Revd Dr Isabelle Hamley – Theological Adviser to the House of Bishops

   · Dave Benson – Director of the Centre for Culture & Discipleship, LICC

   · Augustine Tanner-Ihm – winner of Theology Slam 2020


Introducing the 2021 finalists


Theology Slam 2020

The 2020 final was broadcast live on Tuesday 23 June. Sam Hodson spoke on theology and disability, Molly Boot on theology and #MeToo, and Augustine Tanner-Ihm on theology and race.

Watch the event in full: 

Listen to each of the talks on the Church Times Podcast.


Theology Slam 2019

The final of the first Theology Slam took place on 7 March 2019 at St John’s, Hoxton.

Hannah Barr spoke on Theology and #MeToo, Hannah Malcolm on Theology and the Environment, and Sara Prats on Theology and Mental Health.

Watch the entire event here:

You can also listen to the talks on The Church Times Podcast.


Read more about Theology Slam

Three finalists chosen for Theology Slam 2021

The third Theology Slam final will feature talks on justice, creativity, and community in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic


‘Rejected’ black ordinand wins Theology Slam

A call for the Church to move beyond “cheap diversity” and be a place in which black and minority ethnic voices are heard was declared the winning talk at the second Theology Slam final


Finalists prepare for 2020 Theology Slam final

The three finalists have been working with Samuel P. S. Williams, the founder of Hodos Consultancy Co., a “narrative consultancy” that advises senior business leaders, among others, on presentation skills and storytelling


Environmentalist wins first Theology Slam final

An impassioned plea for the Church to learn how to mourn the damage caused by climate change was declared the winning talk at the first Theology Slam final at St John’s, Hoxton


Finalists chosen for theology competition

Three women in their twenties have been chosen to take part in the final of a new competition to find engaging young voices who think theologically about the contemporary world



Theology Slam is a collaborative event by LICC, Church Times, and SCM Press.


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