By John Reader
from Signs of the Times No 53 - Apr 2014

In 1992 whilst still a rural parish priest in the Diocese of Lichfield, David Osborne took time out of his formal ministry to walk from his home parish to Iona.

This book is the result of his reflections upon that journey, which was spread over a six week period, and took him through Cheshire, Manchester and parts of Lancashire, up via Scargill House and the Borders and on to his final destination. 1992 was also the year of the Rio conference on the environment, and although the text has been written mainly after the event, the theme of our responsibility for creation features significantly throughout the book.

By Brenda Watson
from Signs of the Times No. 53 - Apr 2014
Response to Making sense of the Eucharist by Jeyan Anketell in Signs of the Times No 51 - Oct 2013

Doesn't the context in which the Eucharist was inaugurated provide a major clue as to how it can be interpreted?

It was Jesus's last meal with his disciples on the eve of what  would shake their faith in him to the core. Jesus needed to give them something to do together which would somehow summarise for them that the terrible event that was to happen was not the end but the beginning of something more marvelous.

By Jean Mayland
from Signs of the Times No. 53 - Apr 2014

In April 2012 Signs published an article by me entitled Collegiality and conciliarity and their implications for the Covenant .

I explained that in 2000 the Council for Christian Unity of the Church of England published a booklet entitled Bishops in Communion: Collegiality in the Service of the Koinonia of the Church. This examined ways in which the collegiality of Bishops might enhance the communion of the Church of England in its inner unity. The report admitted that Collegiality can sometimes impose limitations on the ministry of bishops yet there may be occasions when, in conscience, an individual bishop feels compelled to resist the common mind.

By Jonathan Clatworthy
from Signs of the Times No 53 - Apr 2014

At last the mood in the churches is changing, with increasing sympathy for liberal Christianity. Recent controversies have revealed the downside of hardline dogmatic versions of the faith, with their campaigns against one or another feature of contemporary society. People are asking: who are the liberals, and what do they stand for?

I attended my first Modern Church conference in 1984 so in July I will have been involved with it for 30 years. I  have just stepped down after 11 as General Secretary. Over the years I have  developed a feel for liberal theology, both in the academic world and in the churches.

Editorial by Anthony Woollard
in Signs of the Times No 53 - Apr 2014

In January 2014, Jonathan Clatworthy put up two particularly important posts on the Modern Church blog

The  first was in response to the topical debate about the proposed new baptismal liturgy and its omission of the Devil. That  debate was aired at length in the Church Times and focused largely on whether the Church would be offering a false prospectus if traditional belief in the Devil was played down.  Perhaps just a simple issue of Biblical literalists versus the rest of us (though, as Jonathan demonstrated, the various Biblical images or roles of Satan or the Devil are by no means consistent.)