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‘Setting God’s people free to do what they are told is a statement by Modern Church responding to a report by the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England.

The Archbishops’ report, Setting God’s People Free, aims to generate more active engagement by lay churchpeople. Modern Church supports the report’s concern to improve the relationships of lay people to their clergy.

October 2017 brings the 500th anniversary of the nailing of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses to the Wittenberg church door.

This event, although uncertain, and part of much wider unrest, is generally regarded as the beginning of a movement across the European churches that changed the face of Western Christianity for ever.

In response to a letter signed by almost 100 Evangelical Anglicans to the College of Bishops reported in the Church Times on 14th October 2016, prior to their next meeting to decide what proposals to bring to General Synod in February following the Shared Conversations on Scripture, Mission and Human Sexuality in the Church of England, Modern Church has issued the following statement:

The trustees of Modern Church, the international society promoting liberal Christian theology, have appointed an acting General Secretary to help steer the organisation over the next nine months following the promotion of their current General Secretary to a senior role in the Church of England.

In May 2016, Modern Church’s General Secretary, Revd Guy Elsmore, was appointed to the role of Archdeacon of Buckingham in the Diocese of Oxford. On taking up this position in July 2016, Guy recognised that he is no longer able to give the time that the role of General Secretary of Modern Church needs.

Prof Adrian Thatcher

Language about or addressed to God should be derived from human experience, not just from men’s experience, argues Prof. Adrian Thatcher, a trustee of Modern Church, in a new Forewords booklet launched at our 2016 annual conference.

In the 36-page booklet, Gender Inclusive Language and Worship, Professor Thatcher advocates the use of language which does not privilege men over women, in Christian theology, hymnody, liturgy and prayer.

Gender-inclusive language recognizes that God is beyond the distinctions of sex - it differs from ‘gender-neutral’ language which avoids the use of personal pronouns such as 'he' and 'him', or 'she' and 'her'. Gender-inclusive language is personal language drawn from the whole range of human experience, including and especially women.