All of our main sessions will be live-streamed across all three locations. The seminars will be in-person in our various venues.

For information on the wheelchair accessibility of each session and seminar, please see our ‘Getting There’ page.

Main Session 1: The Gift of Abundance

Live-streamed across all three venues

Josh will help delve into scripture and ground ourselves into the Biblical narrative. We’ll explore the story of God’s extravagant generosity to us and unpack how this has a profound impact on our generosity today.

Josh Smedley is the CEO of Just Love UK, and is based in Durham. Josh loves reading, teaching and developing others. Outside of Just Love, Josh helps to lead a group from his church who live as a missional community on a social housing estate in Durham. He enjoys walking, gardening and pretty much all sports.

Main Session 2 : Embracing Freedom and Cost

Panel event – Live-streamed across all three venues

Esther, Lian, Harriet, Alex and John will discuss what it might mean to embrace simplicity and sacrificial giving. We’ll hear stories of generosity, perspectives on some tricky questions on giving, and honest reflections on how we can follow Jesus’ example.

Lian Jacobs is the Senior Relationships Manager for the Youth & Emerging Generation team at Tearfund and has a passion for seeing young people live their lives to the fullest as God has intended. She has over 15 years of experience in youth work and ministry across the U.K. and enjoys preaching, teaching and hosting a variety of events in her spare time.

Alex Rattee is a civil servant leading a team working on farm animal welfare policy. Previously he was the UK’s lead tariff negotiator in the UK-Japan trade deal and also completed the Civil Service Fast Stream. He is a trustee of Effective Altruism for Christians and is a past President of Just Love Oxford.

Esther Platt is is the Head of Alumni and Strategy for Just Love. When she’s not facilitating conferences or developing strategy, she loves asking big questions, performing musical theatre and engaging in child-like, imaginative fun with her friends. Esther will be leading this panel.

Harriet Cheema-Grubb studied Modern Languages at Durham, where she first became involved with Just Love. She has since worked with social enterprises in the UK, Austria, Germany, and Italy. At present, she supports NHS mental health trusts as a lived experience practitioner whilst pursuing multidisciplinary postgraduate studies in neuropsychology and visual culture.

John Riches has spent 35 years practicing as a trust and tax lawyer in the UK . He is a trustee of a number of UK charities including Stewardship America. He works with business families globally in structuring their estate and succession planning and to help them achieve their philanthropic objectives.

Main Session 3: The Invitation to Generosity

Live-streamed across all three venues

We’ll hear a lot of stories, ideas and opportunities to explore throughout the day. This final session is an opportunity to reflect and to ask ‘Lord, what do I do next?’

Lucy McDonald is Generosity Path’s Operations Director and, alongside this role, also works in domestic violence prevention. She grew up in Nepal, has worked abroad in several countries, and loves learning new languages. She now lives in London and can be found making ice cream in her spare time.

Seminars: Sheffield

Impact

How can we use our money in order to make an impact on the biggest justice issues of our day? This seminar will unpack on the key questions we can be asking ourselves and practical changes to make in how we look after and give our money.

Rosie Venner is Programme Manager for Money Makes Change – an initiative run by Christian charity ECCR that helps people connect their faith and their finances for a fairer, more sustainable world. Outside of work she is a keen gardener and loves a charity shop bargain.

Community

In Acts and in 2 Corinthians 8-9 we hear stories of church communities who share their finances and resources with one another in a reciprocal way. How can we give financially in our communities today in a way that empowers and strengthens those who we give to? This seminar will provide a space to explore questions like this as well as unpack practical ways of sharing financial resources with others.

This session will be done by Jess Bingham and Anji Barker.

Jess Bingham is Jess Bingham has recently graduated from the University of Birmingham and now lives in Newbigin House as the youth and children’s worker. She is passionate about fighting to try to break the vicious cycle of poverty that continues to define each new generation’s future.

Anji Barker has worked in Urban mission for decades in Melborne and in Bangkok and now in Winson Green, Birmingham. Here she lives with her family in Newbigin House which is a base for a residential community and charity Newbigin Community Trust which provides a place of welcome, inclusion and social cohesion for families in Winson Green. Anji is a trained social worker and has a special gift as an innovative social entrepreneur, having supported a number of successful social enterprises in Bangkok.

Managing Money

We all have practical questions around the best way to use our money – how do we choose where to give? How should we save? How do we budget? This seminar is an opportunity to discuss these questions together and to share ideas on how to manage our money well. 

Daniel Jones is the Chief Generosity Officer for Stewardship. He has led on many giving campaigns within Stewardship and has advised the National Stewardship Committee for the Church of England. He currently lives with his family in a local estate-based church plant.

The session will be livestreamed in this venue.

Seminars: Glasgow

Impact

How can we use our money in order to make an impact on the biggest justice issues of our day? This seminar will unpack on the key questions we can be asking ourselves and practical changes to make in how we look after and give our money.

Joanna (Asia) Wiaterek is an undergraduate student at the University of Cambridge. She has interned at Effective Aturism for Christians since July 2021 and is passionate about political anthroplogy, international development and doing good.

Community

In Acts and in 2 Corinthians 8-9 we hear stories of church communities who share their finances and resources with one another in a reciprocal way. How can we give financially in our communities today in a way that empowers and strengthens those who we give to? This seminar will provide a space to explore questions like this as well as unpack practical ways of sharing financial resources with others.

Shirley Berry is a trained Psychotherapist. She holds various qualifications from Glasgow University and Strathclyde University in the area of addictions and psychology as well as a Masters in Theology for the Nazarene Theological College and Manchester University. She has been involved in both business and church within ministry and work roles throughout her life and currently works as the Ministry Development Lead for Findlay Church and as Foundation Manager for the Vardy Foundation. She has a passion to communicate the gospel in creative ways and a heart for those that society excludes. Shirley loves long walks, making new friends and restoring old things for new purposes.

Managing Money

We all have practical questions around the best way to use our money – how do we choose where to give? How should we save? How do we budget? This seminar is an opportunity to discuss these questions together and to share ideas on how to manage our money well. 

Daniel Jones is the Chief Generosity Officer for Stewardship. He has led on many giving campaigns within Stewardship and has advised the National Stewardship Committee for the Church of England. He currently lives with his family in a local estate-based church plant.

The session will be livestreamed in this venue.

Seminars: London

Impact

How can we use our money in order to make an impact on the biggest justice issues of our day? This seminar will unpack on the key questions we can be asking ourselves and practical changes to make in how we look after and give our money.

This seminar will be run by Grace and Samuel.

Grace Braithewaite is a junior doctor working in Cambridge. She came across Effective Altruism while studying in Sheffield and as a result decided to pledge to donate at least 10% of her income to the charities that she believes are most impactful. In her spare time, she enjoys reading (non-fiction and classics), climbing and scouring the racks at charity shops.

Samuel Verbi is the Co-Founder of Eido, a consultancy that enables faith-based organisations to measure and improve their impact in society. Prior to this he has 4 years of experience as a monitoring and evaluation freelancer, and 5 years of research experience completing his bachelors and masters in sociology. When he isn’t reading books or asking questions, he is practising his ballroom dancing skills in central London or photographing weddings with his photography business.

Community

In Acts and in 2 Corinthians 8-9 we hear stories of church communities who share their finances and resources with one another in a reciprocal way. How can we give financially in our communities today in a way that empowers and strengthens those who we give to? This seminar will provide a space to explore questions like this as well as unpack practical ways of sharing financial resources with others.

Matt Wilson lives in Tyneside with his wife and two children. Following a 20-year career with several well-known Christian charities he felt called into new things. His current roles involve running a consultancy called Goodlabs, representing his local community as an elected councillor, and serving as the chair of trustees for Common Change in the UK.

Managing Money

We all have practical questions around the best way to use our money – how do we choose where to give? How should we save? How do we budget? This seminar is an opportunity to discuss these questions together and to share ideas on how to manage our money well. 

Daniel Jones is the Chief Generosity Officer for Stewardship. He has led on many giving campaigns within Stewardship and has advised the National Stewardship Committee for the Church of England. He currently lives with his family in a local estate-based church plant.

The session will be live in London and streamed across the other two venues.