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.

The trustees of Modern Church are delighted to congratulate our General Secretary, Revd Canon Guy Elsmore, following the announcement today that he is to become the next Archdeacon of Buckingham in the Diocese of Oxford.

Guy, currently the Area Dean of Toxteth and Wavertree and Rector of the St Luke in the City Team in Liverpool, has been General Secretary of Modern Church since July 2013.

We're delighted to introduce our new part-time communications officer, who started in March 2016 in this new role for Modern Church.

My name is Kieran Bohan and I am delighted to have been appointed as the new communications officer for Modern Church.

Originally from London, I moved to Liverpool in 2003 to study journalism and web design. I trained for the Roman Catholic priesthood in my twenties, but chose not to be ordained. I am now a lay member of the leadership team at St Bride’s CofE Church in Toxteth.

At the annual meeting of the Modern Church Council in March, Prof Elaine Graham, Grosvenor Research Professor of Practical Theology at the University of Chester and Canon Theologian at Chester Cathedral, led a stimulating session on the changing face of faith in the public sphere.

The paper she presented, entitled Between a rock and a hard place: Negotiating religious voices in public places, drew on three case studies to examine what happens when religion erupts into public life and onto our streets, public buildings and our news media:

To conclude its Theology Now series during the season of Lent, The Church Times asked seven theologians 'What is going to be the next big thing' in theological debate? Revd Dr Steven Shakespeare, editor of Modern Church's quaterly journal of liberal theology, was one of the seven. Here are his answers: