In response to the Church of England House of Bishops’ announcement last week that a new liturgy to mark the transition of a transgender person is not needed, despite the overwhelming support of General Synod in July 2017 to ‘consider preparing nationally commended liturgical materials to mark a person's gender transition’, a lecturer on Christianity and issues of gender and sexual equality has published an article challenging this decision.
In an article published today on the Modern Church website, Dr Rob Clucas from the School of Law and Politics at the University of Hull, describes the House of Bishop’s latest action as a failure to address properly the framework of legal and institutional discrimination against trans people in the Church of England, which includes the lack of official rituals and services to celebrate the significant events of trans people within the Church.
2018 Annual Conference of Modern Church
Ritual, Worship & Culture
Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th July 2018
at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts
Listen to Conference Chair Jo Spreadbury
introducing the 2018 conference at our 2017 conference.
Chair: Revd Canon Dr Jo Spreadbury
Chaplain: Revd Ian Mobsby
Modern Believing is Modern Church's journal, published quarterly by Liverpool University Press, with articles promoting theological liberalism.
Students in universities, colleges and theological institutions which subscribe to the EBSCO database, can access Modern Believing online. Subscription to the journal is included for Modern Church members.
- Editor: Revd Dr Steven Shakespeare
- Reviews Editor: Revd Dr Michael Brierley
- Assistant Editor: Dr Katharine Sarah Moody
Vol 59:1 January 2018 - Editor: Steven Shakespeare
You can get involved with Modern Church in three ways:
Modern Church is the main proponent of liberal theology in the British churches.
• By ‘liberal theology’ we mean that religious beliefs can and should develop in the light of new insights.
• Divine revelation has not come to an end. God invites us to believe in ways appropriate to 21st Century.
• New ideas should be judged on their merits. They may be true today even if they have not been officially accepted by church leaders in the past.
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