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:

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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:

General Synod

As the newly elected General Synod of the Church of England meets in London this month, a major theme will be the next stages of the Archbishops' Reform and Renewal programme to introduce changes to ministerial education and parish organisation to promote mission and growth.

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The Church Times, described as 'the world's leading Anglican newspaper', has published a joint letter on the meeting of the Anglican Communion Primates in Canterbury earlier this month issued by the leaders of Modern Church and its partner organisations, Inclusive Church and Progressive Christianity Network:

In the statement following their meeting, the Primates of the Anglican Communion have expressed their profound sorrow for the deep hurt caused within the Church towards people on the basis of their sexual orientation and they affirm that God’s love for every human being is the same regardless of their sexuality.