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Theology Slam 2022

ENTRIES are open for Theology Slam 2022, a competition to find engaging young voices that are reflecting theologically on the contemporary world.

Now in its fourth year, the competition is organised jointly by the Church Times and SCM Press, and, for the first time this year, HeartEdge.

Theology Slam is open to anyone aged 18 to 35 (the age limit was previously 30), and consists of a qualifying round and a live final. The deadline for submissions is 11.59 p.m. on 6 June.

In the qualifying round, applicants submit 500-word reflections and a 90-second video offering theological insights into one of seven issues:

  • Work
  • Body
  • Grace
  • Justice
  • Space
  • The Virtual
  • Recovery

Four entrants will be chosen to take part in the Theology Slam Live Final on 27 September during the HeartEdge conference in Manchester. They will deliver talks of between seven and ten minutes based on their original entry.

The finalists’ talks will be judged on the night by a panel of theologians: Professor Anthony G. Reddie, Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture; Canon Rachel Mann, writer and Area Dean of Bury and Rossendale; Prebendary Isabelle Hamley, Secretary for Ecumenical Relations and Theology and Theological Adviser to the House of Bishops and Canon Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, in central London.

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

Theology Slam was won in 2021 by Imogen Ball, an ordinand and MA student in her  final year at Trinity College, Bristol (Church Times, News, Comment, 26 March 2021). For the past two years, the final has taken place online, owing to the pandemic and lockdown restrictions.

To Enter, go to: www.churchtimes.co.uk/theology-slam-entry-form-2022

For more information, www.churchtimes.co.uk/theology-slam 

Church Times Podcast: Theology Slam 2021: the finalists’ talks