from Signs of the Times No. 41 - Apr 2011


from Brenda Watson

Dear Anthony,
I have been most interested in following this debate on the Eucharist.

I do think you are right to seek some 'fixed point among the flux' but I cannot locate it where Graham [Hellier] does in the Christian community per se. After all, the presence of Christ is sometimes very difficult to discern in how that Christian community speaks and behaves! For me, it is going back to the historical context in which this extraordinary symbolic act arose that ensures me its relationship to reality. I see the fixed point in the re-enactment of what Jesus himself advised his followers to do.

by Tim Stead
from Signs of the Times No. 41 - Apr 2011

This is a 'resource' book, as we used to call them as curates - desperately looking for books to have on our shelves ready to turn to when our training incumbents suddenly asked us to lead some event or worship or, in this case, a series of meditations!

And it is a good one. Touching the Sacred is a book of led meditations or short services intended to be used for a small or a large group on themes throughout the church's liturgical year, together with a set of startling images of artwork by Jake Lever depicting the human hand in many different shapes, sizes and poses as visual aids to the meditations. The accompanying CD-ROM enables you to print off the meditations or services for participants and also print or project the images for people to use. This is well formatted and easy to use.

by Anthony Woollard
from Signs of the Times No. 41 - Apr 2011

CSCS had had a more or less formal link with Modern Church for the past decade. Far less well known than SCM, it may be right that MC members should be more aware of it.

It was originally set up (as the Institute for the Study...) by the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) around the beginning of the 1990s. It was intended as a 'respectable' academic offshoot of LGCM, and initially focused on the sponsorship of a highly academic journal, Theology and Sexuality, and the production  of study materials on sexuality in the Churches. For a short while it had the benefit of charitable funding to enable the payment of a full-time co-ordinator, Alison Webster, and during this period mounted a number of conferences which attracted a far wider constituency than the LGCM membership.

by Hilary Topp
from Signs of the Times No. 41 - Apr 2011

scm stillsmallvoiceThese are hopeful and exciting times for SCM and the student movement.  We've just returned from our biggest Annual Conference since the 1980s, with lots of students attending for the first time, including several from new SCM groups which have started up since last year's conference. 

The conference, entitled 'Still Small Voice', and on the theme of prayer, was a chance for students to explore different forms of prayer, how prayer relates to action and what it means to be 'still small voices' in the world today.

by Jonathan Clatworthy
from Signs of the Times No. 41 - Apr 2011

An Anglican Covenant was formally proposed by the Windsor Report in 2004, as a way to ensure that future contentious actions are not taken without consulting the whole Anglican Communion. Some were threatening schism after a diocese in Canada had approved a same-sex blessing service and a diocese in the USA had appointed an openly gay bishop.

The Windsor Report argued that the 1998 Lambeth Conference had established, as Anglican teaching, the immorality of 'homosexual practice as incompatible with Scripture'. It saw in the Covenant a means to establish an international authority, backed up by the threat of sanctions, empowered to ensure compliance.