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 Modern Believing, was one of the seven. Here are his answers:

Church Times cover

The Church Times, described as 'the world's leading Anglican newspaper', has published a joint letter signed by Modern Church President Linda Woodhead and 95 others, critiquing the paper's current theology series.

The 'Theology Now' weekly collection of features on various theological topics is running for seven weeks during Lent, including reflections on God, Creation, Jesus Christ, Salvation, The Holy Spirit and the Church, Last Things, and The Resurrection. Here is the text of the letter in full: