LEFT SIDE UP

Theology for the Whole Person

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LATEST FROM LEFT SIDE UP

FAITH AND MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT

Left Side Up and Have you seen that girl? have collaborated to bring you the Faith and Mental Health Project. The aim is to explore the connections and intersections between mental wellbeing and faith communities in order to equip churches to better support their members. 

As the research part of the project comes to an end we are running Illuminate, a six part series of practical methods for building resilience and good mental wellbeing during lockdown. 

We meet each Thursday at 8pm - you would be very welcome! Register at the Faith and Mental Health page of the website. 

RECONSTRUCTIONS COURSE - ONLINE!

At the end of February, Left Side Up took the popular Reconstructions Course online and have spent Tuesday evenings with the latest reconstructors exploring Sin, Heaven, Gospel and Bible.

The Reconstructions Course is an open space for genuine conversation. As we say in the course itself, participants are free to treat it as their 'theological changing room' - a place to try on new ideas to see if they fit!

Stay tuned for the next course coming soon!

ABOUT LEFT SIDE UP

Left Side Up exists to challenge, enrich and widen the theological landscape of Northern Ireland. In working with schools, churches, community groups, and through events and courses, we seek to to provide a loud, alternative voice on issues of justice and inclusion. Left Side Up Press seeks to locate, work with and publish distinctive voices in theology and the arts.
We prioritize mental health and seek to equip and support churches and faith communities better provide for the mental health and wellbeing of their members. Left Side Up is looking to make a genuine difference. We have a formal connection to Harbour Faith Community and seek to work across denominations and faiths across NI. Could you join us?

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ANDREW CUNNING

Andrew Cunning is a community theologian and writer in Belfast, NI.  His first book was published in 2020 by Bloomsbury. He has a PhD in English Literature and Theology and is the editor of Left Side Up Press.

JUNE CARTON

June Carton is a full time Maths Tutor with a special interest in young people living with ASD. She is a worship leader, avid crafter and passionate advocate for the spiritual and mental well-being of people from the LGBT+ community and their families.

MICHAEL GHIANNI-WILKINSON

Michael Ghianni-Wilkinson is a professional youth and community worker in East Belfast. He is a graduate of Memphis Theological Seminary and holds a Masters degree in Youth Ministry.

LINDSAY ROBINSON

Lindsay Robinson is the founder of Have you seen that girl? which supports mums and parents. She's also a Lived Experience Mental Health Campaigner for better services and investment across the UK.

THE PODCAST

Selected Episodes

Interviews, discussions and chats over drinks. The Left Side Up Podcast began in January 2020 and seeks to expand the theological landscape of NI.

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DECONSTRUCTING FAITH

Andrew and Michael talk about what it feels like to take apart your Christian faith.

AN INTERVIEW WITH ROWAN WILLIAMS

Listen in to a sparkling conversation with former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

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'THE MAGIC OF HERE': AN INTERVIEW WITH JAN CARSON

One of NI's best writers joins Andrew fro a chat spanning theology, empathy, Belfast and being an NI Protestant.

LIBERATION THEOLOGY PT 2 - AN OVERHEARD CONVERSATION

Andrew and Michael grab a drink and talk about liberation theology and its relation to Northern Ireland.

 
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'AND IN IT ALL COMES': INTERVIEW WITH STEVE STOCKMAN

The minister of Fitzroy Church in South Belfast, Steve Stockman, sits down for a chat spanning grace, the imagination and the incarnation.

FAITH AND POLITICS - AN OVERHEARD CONVERSATION

A chat between Left Side Up founders — Andrew and Michael — on the interface between faith and politics in NI.

'BOMB SCARE AT THE ROLLER DISCO': AN INTERVIEW WITH WENDY ERSKINE

One of NI's most exciting writers joins Andrew for a chat about her collection, 'Sweet Home'. A wonderful conversation about place, writing and the ordinary.

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GRACE
- AN OVERHEARD CONVERSATION

Andrew and Michael grab a drink and talk about their favourite topic in the whole world: grace.

 

Upcoming Events

  • Sun, 18 Apr
    Zoom
    18 Apr, 19:30 BST
    Zoom
    Open Book has moved to Zoom due to the latest batch of restrictions. Led by a new leader from the LSU community, each session takes the leader's favourite passage and allows the room to unpack and discuss it. It's a Bible study with all the rules thrown out!

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