Meet the Theology Slam Finalists: Sam Hodson
Take theology, mix it up with some of the most pressing questions of the day, and serve it up in the form of challenging, provocative, TED-style talks. That's the challenge we’ve given our three Theology Slam finalists, and we thought we'd introduce you to each of them, ahead of the Live Final on 26th March. We've already heard from Augustine Tanner-Ihm, who'll be speaking on Theology and Race, and Molly Boot, speaking on Theology and #MeToo. Today, we're meeting Sam Hodson, whose chosen topic is Theology and Disability.
Tell us a bit about yourself...
I'm Sam, 23 years old, based in London, and working with people with learning disabilities in the L'Arche London community. I'm guilty of excessive enthusiasm about Frank Lampard's Chelsea FC, unhealthy fascination with The Life of Kanye West, overthinking my simple faith.
Why have you chosen your topic?
Theology only seems to happen after God has embraced what seems weak, whether through Israel or in Jesus. Through my work, I've found that the perceived weakness of people with learning disabilities in 2020 has much to teach us about life with God.
If I could have anybody (past or present) round for dinner, I’d invite... Gordon Ramsay. It’s long been a dream of mine to be shouted at by him.
I think every Christian should read... Surprised by Hope, by Tom Wright.
If there’s one film, play, piece of music or book that has changed how I see the world, it is... the album Yeezus, by Kanye West
I think Theology matters because... it makes people foolish enough to do remarkable things.
A surprising fact about me is... that I make music in a synth pop group.