Prof Linda Woodhead

Modern Church is very pleased to announce that Professor Linda Woodhead has accepted their invitation to become the President of Modern Church in succession to Professor John Barton.

Professor Linda Woodhead MBE MA DD is Professor in the Sociology of Religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at the University of Lancaster. Her work explores the relationship between religious and social change worldwide and she is particularly interested in change from the 1980’s to the present.

Screenshot of Modern Church website

JUST IN TIME for the 2014 Annual Conference, the new Modern Church website is here.

We hope you like the new look, and find it easier to navigate.


 Some features have changed:

Revd Dr Steven Shakespeare

Modern Church is pleased to announce the appointment of Revd. Dr Steven Shakespeare as the new editor of their academic journal Modern Believing.

Dr Shakespeare is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Liverpool Hope University, with strong research interests in the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of animal ethics.

He takes over the role from the Revd. Jonathan Clatworthy, and will commence editorship with the January 2016 edition of Modern Believing.

Signing the Schedule of Civil Partnership

One of the most respected scholarly journals in the religious world is presenting a positive case for gay marriages and same-sex partnerships.

Amid controversy in church and society, marriage equality is taking effect not only in Britain but in many parts of the world. The latest issue of Modern Believing offers an  in-depth exploration of the theological questions raised.

Modern Believing cover
A statement from the editors of Modern Church's theological journal Modern Believing, Jonathan Clatworthy and Anthony Freeman, published in Vol. 54:4 - Oct 2013

Changes are afoot at Modern Church and its journal Modern Believing.

The main implications for Modern Believing are a new publisher starting in 2014, and new editors starting with this issue. We offer a summary here.