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FOLLOWING the release last week of his essay on the Modern Church website – Sex, Sense and Non-Sense for Anglicans – the Dean of Christ Church, the Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, and a Vice President of Modern Church, appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme to debate with Canon Dr Chris Sugden, a trustee of the conservative Evangelical pressure group, Anglican Mainstream.

Martyn Percy stated three reasons for writing his essay.  First, to express the view that the church cannot simply treat same-sex relations as a difficult issue merely to be managed.  He called for some moral and intellectual leadership in the church on the issue, and especially from the Archbishop.

Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy

AS THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND faces another scandal over same-sex marriage and its treatment of clergy in same sex relationships, a senior Anglican professor has called on the Archbishop of Canterbury to apologise for the Church’s mistakes in its response to homosexuality around the world.

The Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, and a Vice President of Modern Church, has published an article petitioning Justin Welby in his role as head of the global Anglican Communion.

UPDATE 14/01/2016: Responses to the debate available herehere and here.

Diane Kutar and her son Christian

We're delighted to introduce our new part-time administrator, who will start in November 2015 for a handover period with our current administrator, who is retiring at the end of the year.

My name is Diane Kutar and I am delighted to have been appointed as the new administrator for Modern Church.

I am married to Philip and have a six year old son, Christian. We live in Burgess Hill, about 10 miles from the South East Coast. We worship as a family at St Andrew’s Church in Burgess Hill, where I also work as their site co-ordinator.

Prof Linda Woodhead at Greenbelt Festival 2014

A leading expert on religion came to Liverpool on 29th June 2015 to talk about her surveys of people's religious beliefs, and the challenges they present to church leaders at a time of great change.

Linda Woodhead is best known for spearheading the Westminster Faith Debates, where leading academics and public figures respond to new YouGov surveys on religion and values today.

Modern Believing cover

Amid controversy in church and society, a change in the law on assisted dying is a real possibility in the next few years. The latest issue of Modern Believing offers an in-depth exploration of the theological questions raised.

Modern Church (which publishes Modern Believing) takes no position on assisted dying. We recognise that strongly held views are held with integrity on both sides. We hope that the journal and this event will provide insight into a central issue for our society.

UPDATE 26/05/15: The debate planned for Tuesday 2nd June 2015 at 6pm at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8EP has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience.

  • For details of the current edition of the journal 'Assisted Dying: For and Against the Proposed Legislationclick here
  • For information about Modern Church click here.