This was the title of a paper delivered at a Modern Church South West group meeting on Saturday 8th April 2017 at Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath.

Canon Paul Brett, formerly Social Responsibilty Officer in the Church of England diocese of Chelmsford led a reflection on how we can engage meaningfully with the trends which led to the rise of Brexit and Trump.

Modern Church encourages open, respectful debate and discussion of matters relating to Christian faith. Originally a Church of England society, it now welcomes all who share its ethos.

For the first time in our 119 year history, we are seeking to appoint a paid, part-time General Secretary.

Modern Church highly commends this excellent report by the Church of Scotland, published last week.

Over the last 20 years church debates on same-sex partnerships have been vitiated by power struggles, threats of splits and unconvincing compromises with the loudest voices.

Instead this Report focuses on the real theological issues at stake, drawing on the work of leading academic theologians like Jean Porter and Robert Song.

The Oxford theologian who called for the conservative bishop nominated as the next leader of the Diocese of Sheffield to clarify his position on women’s ministry or decline the nomination has called for ‘a thorough and wholesale review’ of gender-based discrimination in the Church of England.

The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, has published a follow-up essay in response to criticism of his stance in an article published on the website of Modern Church, a society promoting breadth and depth in Christian theology, of which Prof Percy is a Vice President.

At this month's annual meeting of the Modern Church Council, our Acting General Secretary Revd Dr Lorraine Cavanagh gave the keynote address about the profound implications of liberality in countering extremism and fundamentalism in both religion and politics.

In the paper she presented, Reclaiming the Soul of Modern Church, Lorraine argued that as a liberal society, Modern Church embodies intellectual freedom and hospitality, which calls us to 

do theology together in such a way as to connect with those who find themselves either outside the bounds of the institutional Church, or marginalized within them.