by Rebekah Hanson
from Signs of the Times No. 68 - Jan 2018

The author is a US English professor and Catholic deacon, and he uses both of these aspects of his life to create a poetic reflection on his spiritual life.

The book is inspired by his practice of the Examen, a daily Ignatian spiritual prayer exercise. At the beginning and end of the book he gives brief summaries of what the Examen entails, its origin and influence on the book. His reflections may, therefore, be more fruitful for those who are already familiar with Ignatian spirituality. Nevertheless, it is a thought-provoking and moving read for those who seek spiritual insight from everyday life experiences.

by David Williams
from Signs of the Times No. 68 - Jan 2018

The latest book by the poet and author Dinah Livingstone offers an engaging yet provocative study of the relationship between poetry and theology as sister arts, based on the premise that poetic vision and kindness are the making of humanity.

It also has a recurrent theme that poetry offers a shining (or revelation) of meaning which derives from its form.

by Jonathan Clatworthy
from Signs of the Times No. 68 - Jan 2018

Even though Nick Spencer is the Research Director of Theos, I thought this was a rather lightweight book - until I got to the final chapter, which came as an unexpected surprise.

It is certainly easy to read. The first chapter gives a chatty overview of how politicians treat religion, leading to reflections on how we use language. We do get introduced to the language theories of Augustine and Wittgenstein, but gently.

Guest editorial by Susannah Cornwall
from Modern Believing Vol 58:4 - October 2017

Variant Sex and Gender, Law and the Churches

Whilst sex, gender and sexuality in religious perspective are impassioned topics of discussion both within faith communities themselves and among their observers, variant sex and gender are still relatively under examined. This special issue of Modern Believing focuses in particular on intersex and transgender, and examines how legal recognition of transgender and intersex people impacts on religious (especially Christian) communities, and on the implications for intersex and transgender people’s spiritual wellbeing of their participation in and full recognition by churches.

by Rob Clucas
from Modern Believing Vol 58:4 - October 2017


In this article, I discuss the situation of trans people within the Church of England. I outline instances of legal and institutional discrimination in the following situations: the Equality Act 2010 in the context of employment, promotion and training; trans candidates for ordination; and marriage involving (a) trans person(s). I discuss some theology relating to this discrimination. I explain the impact of disadvantage and discrimination for minority groups with reference to minority stress, and clarify the microaggressive messages contained in differential institutional treatment for trans people. I suggest that the harm done by Church discrimination against trans people is real and significant, and ought to be recognized and addressed. 



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