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Annual Conference 2019

Theology in the public square - Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th July 2019 at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts.

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New editor for Modern Believing journal

Modern Church appoints Dr Karen O' Donnell as the new managing editor of our academic journal Modern Believing

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Modern Church is 120!

Modern Church is celebrating 120 years with a social media campaign recording key moments in its history

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Speak again: Life, love and language in King Lear

by Vittorio Montemaggi
from Modern Believing Vol 58:2 - April 2017

Abstract:

In a version of his spoken address, Vittorio Montemaggi demonstrates how King Lear invites us to reflect on theatre and the nature of Resurrection as the ‘theological horizon’ in which language and love are spoken.

Keywords:

KING LEAR, RESURRECTION, PERFORMANCE, THEATRICALITY, FORGIVENESS


You can read the full article on the Liverpool University Press website (subscription required) or join Modern Church and receive your own copy of our journal quarterly.

Staging theology: The Gospel according to Shakespeare

by Alycia Smith-Howard Timmis
from Modern Believing Vol 58:2 - April 2017

Abstract:

Shakespeare allows us to connect with God as divine Poet and the Son as his imagination bodied forth as mercy in action. A sustained comparison of Prospero in The Tempest with Joseph in Genesis reveals the gospel of Shakespeare as one of sharing in God’s merciful and forgiving nature.

Keywords:

SHAKESPEARE, MERCY, PROSPERO, JOSEPH, GENESIS


You can read the full article on the Liverpool University Press website (subscription required) or join Modern Church and receive your own copy of our journal quarterly.

Modern Believing online

Accessing Modern Believing online for Modern Church members

On the Modern Church website we publish the editorial from each quarterly issue, plus abstracts from each article and a list of books reviewed and received. This is available to all.

You can find the journal in full on the Liverpool University Press (LUP) website. This is usually only available to Modern Church members.

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If you have not previously registered on the LUP website please follow the steps below to activate your online access:
  1. Visit online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk
  2. At the top right of the page, above the banner, click 'Register'.
  3. Provide your information in all the required registration fields. Please use the email address you provided when you joined Modern Church.
  4. Once all required data is provided, click 'Submit' to create your account.
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  7. Once logged in to the LUP website, you will be able to access Modern Believing. You can either search for 'Modern Believing or go to online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/loi/mb.

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The Poetry Mass: Voices of the Spirit

by Anthony Woollard
from Modern Believing Vol 58:2 - April 2017

Abstract:

Other articles in this edition reflect the academic contributions to Modern Church’s 2016 conference on Shakespeare and Christian faith. But the conference was no more dryly academic than the Bard himself. Worship was at its heart, and at the heart of worship (and itself bearing a powerful theological message) was the Poetry Mass.

Biography:

Anthony Woollard, who acted as Secretary to the 2016 Moderbn Church Conference, is a retired civil servant and lay theologian who acts as a trustee of Modern Church and editor of its popular newsletterSigns of the Times.


You can read the full article on the Liverpool University Press website (subscription required) or join Modern Church and receive your own copy of our journal quarterly.

Sleep and imagination in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by Graham Ward
from Modern Believing Vol 58:2 - April 2017

Abstract:

The Dream is Shakespeare’s deep reflection on the power of the imagination, its somatic and affective presence in sleep and dreaming, its generative power in poetry and performance, its psychological associations with love, desire, belief formation and belief transformation.

Keywords:

MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT’S DREAM, SLEEP, DREAMING, IMAGINATION


You can read the full article on the Liverpool University Press website (subscription required) or join Modern Church and receive your own copy of our journal quarterly.