Wesley House Research Seminar in Theology


Research Seminars

The Wesley House Research Seminars are open to all, with a particular focus on resourcing postgraduate theological conversation. They are held fortnightly and are available by Zoom for those who can not attend in person.

A list of forthcoming seminars can be found on our What’s On page.

Recordings of some of the past seminars can be found below.


Thursday 23rd April 2020
Rolling dice with God: exploring theology through the lens of fantasy/sci-fi table-top gaming
As part of his sabbatical project, The Revd Tom Osborne explores ways of reflecting theologically on this hobby genre, both in terms of how theology might be expressed through gaming, and, more deeply, how gaming presents questions of substance to Christian theology.
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Thursday 27th February 2020
Christian doctrine without borders? Has postcolonialism undermined the concept of universal Christian teaching?
The Revd Dr Richard Clutterbuck presents a paper exploring how issues of postcolonialism impact the construction and teaching of Christian doctrine.
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Thursday 13th February 2020
Responsible Grace: supervision and the renewal of the body of Christ
In this seminar, The Revd Dr Jane Leach leads us through the qualitative methodology she used to research the impact of pastoral supervision in the British Methodist Church. While the research was written up into a book, A Charge to Keep, this seminar helps researchers understand how she reached her conclusions, modelling good academic, qualitative practice.
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Thursday 30th January 2020
Deep, Diagonal and Dynamic: visualising the theological research journey
The Revd Dr Andrew Stobart explores how to articulate what we think we are doing when we are doing theological research. While dealing with issues of methodology, the presentation particularly asks the question: ‘whose research is it?’ – what if theological research is an enquiry that God is making of us?
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Thursday 16th January 2020
Redeeming Worship
In this seminar, The Revd Dr Stephen Plant (Trinity Hall, Cambridge) presents a section from his forthcoming book on the theology of international development. Dr Plant looks at the ways in which Christian NGOs typically connect with the worshipping life of the Church, often using liturgical resources as vehicles for fundraising and raising awareness. Instead, Dr Plant proposes reversing the polarity and using a theological understanding of worship to shed light on the work of Faith-based NGOs. Worship alone is able properly to structure the relation between time and eternity, reality and hope, in ways that reveal God’s realisation of human flourishing.
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