More... Annual Conference 2019    

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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More... Modern Church is 120!    

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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More... Modern Church, Greenbelt & Pussy Riot    

Modern Church, Greenbelt & Pussy Riot

Modern Church General Secretary Jonathan Draper reflects on our partnership with this year's festival and sponsorship of three acts

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More... Our annual conference - A student's perspective    

Our annual conference - A student's perspective

Trainee Methodist Pioneer Minister Dave Shaw thanks delegates who donated to enable student volunteers to attend this year

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Review - Action! A cleric off the leash by Colin Hodgetts

by Bill Cave
from Signs of the Times No. 71 - Oct 2018

Action! A Cleric Off the Leash is a self-published autobiography available on the internet. This review has one purpose: to make you buy it!

Once bought, the book should be read; then its wisdom should invade your life.

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Review - CD: Padraig O Tuama in conversation with Raymond Friel

by Keith Thomasson
from Signs of the Times No. 71 - Oct 2018


This CD is part of a series of interviews with leading Christian thinkers and activists such as Jean Vanier and Timothy Radcliffe.

I shall be reviewing the other interviews too. It would be fruitful to hear an increasingly diverse range of people be interviewed.

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Review - The way of silence: Engaging the sacred in daily life by David Steindl-Rast OSB

by Michael Goater
from Signs of the Times No. 71 - Oct 2018


First published in hardback in 2016, this paperback edition offers a series of meditations on themes which will be familiar to readers of Br David Steindl-Rast's earlier books and, increasingly of late, to followers of his work on the internet, including a number of his conferences.

Here eleven short chapters, each prefaced by a quotation from other books by Br David (notably Gratefulness: The Heart of Prayer (1984), A Listening Heart (1999) and Music of Silence (2001)) centre, as the title of this volume implies, on 'the way of silence', a discipline of contemplative prayer, which begins, continues and end in 'obedience'.

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Review - The Holy Spirit and an evolving Church by James Coriden

by Karen Gorham
from Signs of the Times No. 71 - Oct 2018

Fr James Coriden, canon lawyer, academic dean emeritus and professor at the Washington Theological Union, has written an interesting book on the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit and an Evolving Church, although divided by the author into six chapters, is really divided in three sections.

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Review - Waiting for the last bus: Reflections on life and death by Richard Holloway

by Vanessa Herrick
from Signs of the Times No. 71 - Oct 2018

I read this profound and beautiful book at a single sitting. This is not to suggest that it is an easy read, in the sense that it is ‘lightweight’ or ‘lacking in substance’ - far from it!

It is full of learning, honesty and wisdom - and above all, authenticity. For, Richard Holloway writes as if he is speaking to you from his fireside chair, simply reflecting on death - his own and others’ - and pondering what he has discovered through his rich and varied life and ministry.

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