After Brexit - Can we find a broad and middle way? Senior cleric calls for new social-progressive political party
As the UK faces an uncertain future, and its two major political parties hold internal contests for their leadership, a senior Anglican professor claims that the need for a new, progressive social-democratic political party ‘has never been more urgent’.
The Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, has made the claim in an article published on the website of Modern Church, a society promoting liberal Christianity, of which he is a Vice President.
In the essay, called After Brexit - Can we find a broad and middle way?, Prof Percy notes the absence from the debate preceding the EU Referendum of words such as ‘community’ and ‘union’:
‘We seem to have gone out of our way to make a virtue out of being un-neigbourly; told ourselves that sharing - giving and receiving - is risky. We are better off on our own (or better off with just a very few friends) and if we can’t control the numbers at the table, perhaps the answer is not to feast at all.’
In the first article in this series, I outlined the dire attendance scenario the Church of England is facing in the coming years. I made a pragmatic case for the liberal wing of the church to move from a general attitude of scepticism to one of constructive engagement with church growth, then offered suggestions as to some areas of strength which liberals might bring to bear to the work of growing churches.
In this second article I shall look at some recent research on church growth, what it may have to tell us about the ways in which liberal churches might approach the task of seeking growth, and reflect back as I do so on some of the liberal strengths identified in the first article.
2016 Annual Conference of Modern Church
Performing the Faith: Shakespeare in the World
Shakespeare, the Theatre and Theology Today
11th July to 13th July 2016
at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts.
2016 is the 400th anniversary of the death of England’s – some would say, the world’s – greatest playwright.
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Modern Believing is the journal of Modern Church. It publishes articles in theology and related disciplines to promote theological liberalism.
Published quarterly by Liverpool University Press and indexed in the ATLA religion database.
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Assistant Editor: Revd Anthony Freeman
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