In the 2017 Donald Barnes Memorial Lecture last month, Canon Mark Oakley, Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral, called for a renewal of our language and thinking as we try to articulate a vision of God for the world.
Canon Oakley seeks:
'A poetic theology of experience - theology of this sort won’t be neat or comfortable but neither is the life with or under God of which it attempts to speak. We are not to possess the truth but to serve it. We are not here to resolve the mystery of God but to deepen it. We are not to reflect jargon and cliché – the devil is in the drivel when logos has turned to slogan – but to draw from the fountain of poetry and the faith words that feel strange but something like home.'
by Jonathan Draper
from Signs of the Times No. 67 - Oct 2017
Anthony Woollard, editor of Signs of the Times. asked that I should let readers of Signs of the Times know a little bit about me and something of the vision I have for Modern Church as I begin my work as our General Secretary.
I have been in the ordained ministry of the Church of England for the best part of 35 years, serving in a variety of capacities (parish priest, theological educator, cathedrals) in a wide variety of places. This always seems surprising to me since I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and am really a Baptist boy from New Jersey, brought up as a very conservative evangelical.
Modern Believing is Modern Church's journal, published quarterly by Liverpool University Press, with articles promoting theological liberalism.
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- Editor: Revd Dr Steven Shakespeare
- Reviews Editor: Revd Dr Michael Brierley
- Assistant Editor: Dr Katharine Sarah Moody
Vol 58:4 October 2017 - Guest Editor: Susannah Cornwall
Special edition: Variant Sex and Gender, Law and the Churches
2018 Annual Conference of Modern Church
Ritual, Worship & Culture
Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th July 2018
at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts
Listen to Conference Chair Jo Spreadbury
introducing the 2018 conference at our 2017 conference.
Chair: Revd Canon Dr Jo Spreadbury
Chaplain: Revd Ian Mobsby
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