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The findings of a new survey of 1,509 Anglican clergy, commissioned by the Westminster Faith Debates to support a new series on the Future of the Church of England, are available here.

Findings include:

Clergy united by  'personal God' and parish system

  • Anglican clergy are united by their strong belief in a “personal God” (83%) rather than in more impersonal understandings of God – like “spirit or life force.”
  • The same proportion (83%) are committed to the ancient parish system, which divides all England into areas served by a priest with a free vicarage, even though the system is under pressure with falling numbers of clergy and worshippers.

The Modern Church stall

MODERN CHURCH has been to Greenbelt where an exciting and very successful festival was held in Greenbelt's new home at Boughton House near Kettering.

We teamed up with Progressive Christianity Network Britain in the resources tent - GSource - featuring the Together in Hope publications which we publish jointly with PCN Britain, St Marks Centre for Radical Christianity and Free to Believe.

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.