Grass Roots Theology Day

26th January 2023

Around 30 people from across Bath and Wells and beyond gathered at St Mary’s in Wedmore for the first diocesan Grass Roots Theology Day. The day was an initiative organised by Revd Jo Stobart (Vicar, Ilminster and Whitelackington) and Revd Martin Little (Vicar of Highbridge) and followed the theme of 'The Life Everlasting'.

Keynote speaker Revd Canon Professor James Woodward, who is Principal of Sarum College in Salisbury, joined the group for the day. James is a practical theologian who specialises in health and healing, old age, theological reflection and end of life care. He has taught in a number of universities including the Open University and in Warwick Business and Medical Schools and the University of Birmingham. He has written and edited fifteen books.

James’ address focused on the subject of “Why bother with Theology?” After which participants enjoyed lively discussions and question and answer sessions.  Throughout the day the group also heard short papers from lay and ordained participants on topics as diverse as transhumanism, favela mission in Brazil, contemporary accounts of death and dying, and the writer Charles Williams. 


The group began and ended their day in prayer and stillness and one of those who attended said simply of the experience, “Today has given me hope.” 

Revd Martin Little added “the day was a great success, and we hope that events in a similar vein can be hosted in future. The aim is for these days to be free of charge, and held in parish churches, on a donation basis.  We're keen to hear from anyone interested in being involved, particularly in presenting a paper, and particularly from laypeople as well as the ordained.

“We would like to thank all who attended and participated, to James, and to St Mary's, our gracious hosts.”

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