Theos Newsletter April

9th April 2021

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Welcome to your April newsletter from Theos.

Dear friends,

We hope you had a peaceful Easter, and are enjoying the prospect of life opening up a little (as the weather warms up, we trust).

It’s been another busy month at Theos, with online events and some big news from our Director.

After ten years at the Theos helm, Elizabeth Oldfield is moving on from us. Please do read her blog to find out more about her decision. For fans of The Sacred, do not fear. She will continue to host the podcast and bring her unique blend of honesty and curiosity to each conversation. And on the subject of The Sacred – it’s back! With a brand new look and feel, you can now listen to new episodes, all found in the usual places.

At the end of March we enjoyed a fantastic launch event for our first ever animated short film My Dream, My Taste created by award-winning filmmaker Emily Downe. 

Our team continue to host important conversations about faith and society. Dr Nick Spencer discusses the impact of Samuel Huntington’s ‘The Clash of Civilisations’ in his long-read, and Theos researcher Simon Perfect will chair a talk by the Bishop of London on neighbourliness in a global context on 13th April. 

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Best wishes,

The Theos team


On moving on

Our Director Elizabeth Oldfield will be stepping down this summer after 10 years of leading Theos.

In this blog, she shares why she has decided now is the right time.


The Sacred is back!

After a few months on sabbatical, The Sacred is back with brand new episodes - and a new look and feel! 

We will be releasing the podcast in series, with weekly episodes throughout April. You can now listen to our latest episodes with comedian Omid Djalili and writer Dina Nayeri.


My Dream, My Taste

We are delighted to share our very first Sacred short animated film by award-winning director and filmmaker Emily Downe.

The 3-minute film, inspired by episode 50 of The Sacred podcast with Miroslav Volf, brings us into the world of a young girl who, in pursuit of her dreams, ends up detached from others and the world around her. 

Watch the film and subscribe to The Sacred's new Youtube channel here


Global Britain and the Clash of Civilisations

'The really significant word in his title is ‘Civilisation’ rather than ‘Clash’, and it is about this that he is both perceptive but also ultimately wrong.'

In his latest long-read Nick Spencer looks at the prospect of a clash of civilisations and argues that Samuel Huntington was right about many small things but wrong about one big one.


Neighbourliness in a Global Context

What does it mean to be a good neighbour on a global scale?

Theos researcher Simon Perfect will chair this JustShare talk given by the Bishop of London on 13th April, asking how we might engage with our neighbours’ struggles, allow our lives to be diverted off course for the sake of their wellbeing, and recognise our resources as theirs.

Register for the event here.

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