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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
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Liverpool University Press, publishers of Modern Church's quarterly journal Modern Believing, has been named IPG Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year 2015.

Following in the footsteps of much larger publishers, such as Sage and Bloomsbury, Liverpool University Press (LUP) is the first university press to win the award.

Anthony Cond, Director of LUP, said in an email to Modern Church:

'A good publisher sinks or swims based on the quality of its publishing, and so it is without exaggeration that I say that this award is yours too. The expertise and intellectual rigour of our journal editors and editorial boards have played no small part in LUP's success. Thank you.'

Sam Smith with Rev Dr Alan Race

SAM SMITH, the openly gay singer who has recently won four Grammys and two Brit Awards after only one album, released a new video this month depicting a same-sex marriage, filmed in a liberal Anglican church in London.

The music video for the single Lay Me Down was recorded in St Margaret's Church, Lee, with the permission of the Rector, Revd. Dr. Alan Race, a Modern Church Council member and Chair of this year's Annual Conference.

It depicts the 22 year old soul singer at a funeral in the church standing in front of the deceased's coffin, then a flashback reveals that Smith actually married the man in question in the same church. The video then returns to the present day, some time after the funeral, with Smith mourning the loss of his husband in the empty church.

Paris vigil for terrorist victims

The recent terrorist killings in Paris have once again revealed the vulnerability of religion to terrorist abuse.

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In his presidential address to General Synod, the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke of divisions within the Anglican Communion, and of the prize of being able to develop unity in diversity. Closer to home, he is supporting ‘facilitated conversations’ in the CofE as a way of healing rifts over the issue of gay marriage. What’s the chance of success?

A recent survey of CofE clergy by YouGov, commissioned by the Westminster Faith Debates, reveals a major obstacle in the way of the Archbishop’s goal of ‘disagreeing well’: a relatively small group of the most evangelical male clergy.

Evangelical profile

When asked where they fall on spectrum from evangelical to catholic, roughly a third of all clergy say they are at the evangelical end, a third at the catholic end, and a third in the middle. The third at the evangelical end hold some distinctive and pronounced views.